2008 Dodge Avenger

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2008 Dodge Avenger Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Dodge Avenger was new.

The Avenger trails its competitors because it can't match their performance, interior refinement and value.

6.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 5.6
Performance: 5.7
Interior: 6.4
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Low sticker price within its class
  • Sporty exterior styling will appeal to buyers wanting a performance look
  • Low-quality interior
  • Mediocre base engine
  • Unproven reliability
  • Undersized trunk compared to similar vehicles

2008 Dodge Avenger Overview

New for 2008, the Avenger replaces the 2006 two-door Dodge Stratus and is named after the Mitsubishi-based Avenger coupe of the 1990s. According to our analysis, the 2008 Dodge Avenger is an aggressively styled, economical alternative within the midsize sedan class, but doesn't have outstanding power or refinement to recommend it. Car and Driver says it sits "squarely in the middle of Camry, Accord, and Altima territory, each of which conveys a significantly better sense of quality and offers quieter, more refined powertrains." However, the Washington Post says the high-level Avenger R/T "is a decent mid-size family car with muscle-car pretensions surrounded by better-designed, higher-quality competitors."

The 2008 Dodge Avenger is available in three main trims: the base SE, the SXT and the R/T. The SXT is available as either the L package or the M package, which feature different engines. Dodge is also now offering an incentive for all prospective buyers to receive $2.99-a-gallon gas for the first three years or 12,000 miles with their new Avenger. If you're in the market for an affordable midsize sedan, keep in mind the well-respected Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.

  • "The Avenger still trails the Honda Accord in refinement and driving enjoyment, but it's a solid effort." -- Car and Driver
  • "It's got real sex appeal, good fuel economy, a nice-looking, functional interior with reasonable family room…lots of ordering flexibility with three model lines, and a host of interesting options." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "While consumers don't need a mid-size sedan to handle the likes of Lex Luther every day, the Avenger will certainly hold its own against those daily Jokers we all come across on the road." -- Detroit News
  • In contrast, Automobile Magazine writes, "This new Avenger won't be rewriting any rules for the mid-size class. At best, it's an alternative with a uniquely American accent." -- Automobile Magazine
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