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You'll Like The 2008 Dodge Avenger If...

If you’ve got a muscle-car mindset but are in the market for the balance offered by a mid-size sedan at an affordable price, the Avenger is the most NASCAR-esque option out there.

You May Not Like The 2008 Dodge Avenger If...

From the powertrains to the passenger cabin, the Avenger doesn’t deliver the same feeling of refinement as many of its competitors.

What's New

The all-new Avenger replaces the Dodge Stratus and offers mid-size sedan shoppers a combination of bold styling and interesting and appealing in-cabin features.

Interior Features

Compared to the best interiors in the segment – more and more of which are beginning to mimic the look and feel of a premium sedan’s – the Avenger’s passenger cabin sends out more of an entry-level vibe. On the other hand, its options list is one of the most sophisticated in the segment, with a hard-drive navigation/entertainment/communication system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a heated and cooled cupholder. In between the base cloth and available leather seating, the Avenger offers an exceptionally stain-resistant seat fabric called YES Essentials(r). A fold-flat passenger seat doubles as a dinner table or desktop and, combined with the fold-flat rear seats, helps accommodate longer cargo.

Exterior Features

Unlike the Chrysler Sebring (that looks nothing like its Chrysler 300 big brother), the Avenger’s strong rear shoulders, squarish taillamps and sloping roofline are all grafted with varying exactness from the Dodge Charger large sedan. All R/T models get a rear spoiler, chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Driving Impressions

While the Dodge Avenger rides nicely, handles decently and conveys its occupants from here to there no worse for wear, it does it all with less refinement than the category’s best. Acceleration isn’t as effortless, upshifts aren’t as smooth and highway cruising isn’t quite as relaxed. To add perspective, though, the segment leaders with which the Dodge must be compared are widely considered some of the best vehicles on the road. The Avenger is indeed on par with its most like-minded competitor, the Pontiac G6. Unremarkable road manners notwithstanding, when loaded up with MyGIG(tm), a rear-seat DVD system and the heated and cooled cupholder, some may find the Avenger one of the most entertaining cars in the category.

Pricing Notes

The 2008 Dodge Avenger starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $18,895 and will extend past $32,000 for a fully loaded, all-wheel-drive R/T model. Our Fair Purchase Prices have reflected real-world selling prices several hundred dollars shy of those MSRPs. The Pontiac G6 and all-new Nissan Altima, two performance-themed competitors, start at $17,895 and $18,575, respectively. Compared with category leaders like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Altima, the Avenger’s higher feature content at any given price is countered in part by lower projected resale values.

Notable Equipment

A base-equipped Avenger SE includes an AM/FM/CD/CD-MP3 sound system with auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, four-way adjustable steering wheel, delayed-off headlamps, beverage-cooling upper glove compartment, cloth seats and 16-inch covered steel wheels. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, but not anti-lock brakes.

Notable Options

The highlight of the Avenger’s optional equipment list is the comprehensive MyGIG(tm) navigation, entertainment and communication system. Other standouts include a six-CD/DVD/MP3/SIRIUS satellite sound system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Bluetooth(r) cell phone connectivity, heated and cooled cupholder, heated front seats, leather seats and a sun roof.

Favorite Features

MyGIG(tm)This optional hard drive-based system includes navigation with real-time traffic information, MP3/WMA music and JPEG image uploading via a high-speed USB port, auxiliary audio input, voice recognition, voice message recording and playback, Bluetooth(r) hands-free cell phone connectivity and more.Rear-seat EntertainmentThe Avenger’s available rear-seat DVD video system – a feature uncommon in the segment – includes dual headphones plus audio and gaming capability.

Under the Hood

The Avenger’s base four-cylinder engine delivers highway mileage of up to 30 miles per gallon, the range-topping 3.5-liter V6 offers 235 horsepower and the 2.7-liter V6 balances the economy and power of the two while offering the Flex-Fuel capability of running on gasoline, E85 ethanol or any mixture of both. The 3.5-liter benefits from a new six-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick manual-shift capability, while the other engines are matched to a traditional four-speed automatic. The electronically controlled all-wheel drive system available on R/T models operates primarily in front-wheel drive mode until extra traction is needed or anticipated. All R/T models also feature a sport-tuned suspension.2.4-liter in-line 4172 horsepower @ 6000 rpm165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/302.7-liter V6189 horsepower @ 6400 rpm191 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/273.5-liter V6235 horsepower @ 6400 rpm232 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26

Editors' Notes

Offering bold, muscle car-like styling combined with a comfortable ride, predictable handling and reasonable fuel economy, the all-new Dodge Avenger is the Dodge Charger of the mid-size sedan segment. Far from a ham-fisted hunk of steel, the Avenger offers an impressive list of comfort and convenience options, such as a navigation system with real-time traffic information and a heated and cooled cupholder. The Avenger is also one of the few cars in the segment to offer all-wheel drive.

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Reliable yet sometimes possessed.

2008 Dodge Avenger SE

I have had my avenger for a good number of years. When I first got it, I felt like I was driving the batmobile. There's plenty of space for me and my family, and we're big people. The ride is smooth, generally. It has had it is share of mechanical issues. The shifter assembly went out/melted in the heat. The passenger door stopped locking and now will not open from the inside. The same side window motor went out. The radio antenna tends to change the station on its own. There was a thermostat leak, transmission failure, fuel pump malfunction, but a lot of that could be due to age. I do not like the fact that the car battery is behind the front fender and I have to take it to a shop to change the battery (which is something I could do myself if it was in a better spot). Overall, this car has been good to me. I plan on keeping it as long as it still has life in it.

- Crystal S

Battery is located behind driver side wheel, not under hood.

2008 Dodge Avenger

Dodge Avenger has a large gas tank, but it uses a lot of gas in a short amount of time. It's a fairly comfortable car, roomy, with decent internal storage, but no pockets on back of front seats. I like the cup holders that come down from the middle of the back seat. The trunk fits quite a bit. I hate where the battery is located, making it difficult to access by having to remove a tire. Parts are unfairly expensive, making the monthly insurance on it very high and it is not even fully covered. The car is shaky when it drives over 50 mph, even after putting new tires on, but it is over 100, 000 miles. The passenger airbag light has been on for a while, not sure if the sensor is broke or the actual airbag. Overall the car does its job, get me to and from work and my kids school. Just hope no major parts break anytime soon.

- Tamara L

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2008 Dodge Avenger

I absolutely love the look of my car. I come from previously only owning Chevrolet vehicles so it was a surprise to me when the engine had to be replaced after 200, 000 miles, considering Chevys run for a very long time. I do not believe that I would purchase another Dodge vehicle, however, my Avenger has done a decent job at getting my family from point A to point B for the past couple years. As far as the comfortability and features, the Avenger is very large with an extremely roomy trunk. The back seat has sufficient legroom for passengers and the leather seats hold up well to any potential damage (in my case, dog nails potentially cutting into leather). The GPS screen is helpful and easy to maneuver quickly so there is not much distraction from driving.

- Lacy P

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