2008 Dodge Avenger Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$18,345-$26,220
$17,036-$24,128
18 /CITY / 27 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • Replaces the Stratus as Dodge's midsize family sedan

  • Aggressive styling based on other Dodge models

  • Larger cabin, taller driving position

  • Choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines

  • Front- or all-wheel drive (AWD)

  • Optional 2.7-liter Flex Fuel V-6 engine

  • Optional MyGig entertainment system with 20 GB hard-drive-based music server

  • Optional heated and cooled cupholders

  • Optional DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system

  • Optional electronic stability control system
Overview
Dodge hopes to make the Avenger, its 2008 replacement for the Stratus sedan, a major player in the midsize market. With styling that bears more than a passing resemblance to its big brother, the Charger, a choice of three engines (including two V-6s), and an optional all-wheel-drive system, the Avenger is designed to bring the attitude of Dodge models like the Charger, Nitro and Ram to the 4-door family sedan.

Model Lineup
The Avenger is offered in SE, SXT and R/T trim levels. The 4-cylinder SE features power windows, mirrors and locks; automatic transmission; air conditioning; CD/MP3 player; cruise control; 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers; and front, side, and side curtain air bags. Options include a sunroof; 6-disc CD changer; heated front seats; Bluetooth phone compatibility; and anti-lock brakes. The SXT adds alloy wheels; stain-resistant YES Essentials seat fabric; and anti-lock brakes. The options list includes a 2.7-liter V-6 engine; leather seats; MyGig audio/navigation system; rear-seat DVD player; automatic headlights; automatic climate control; and electronic stability control.

In addition to the SXT's standard equipment, the top-of-the-line Avenger R/T gets a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission; body-color mirrors and trim; automatic climate control; auto-dimming rearview mirror; 6-disc CD/MP3 player; 18-inch alloy wheels; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; and optional all-wheel drive. Electronic stability control is optional on the front-whee-drive model, standard with all-wheel drive. As with the SXT, leather seats, MyGig audio, and a rear-seat DVD player are optional.

Powertrain
The Avenger SE's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine represents a 15-percent jump in horsepower over the outgoing Stratus' base engine (173 vs. 150) with an 8-percent increase in fuel economy. The new engine's EPA mileage figures are 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway. The Avenger SXT offers an optional 2.7-liter V-6 engine with 189 hp and 191 lb.-ft. of torque, a flex-fuel engine that can run on ethanol blends up to E85. EPA fuel economy estimates (on gasoline) are 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway. Both 2.4- and 2.7- liter engines employ a 4-speed automatic transmission to drive the front wheels. The Avenger R/T's 3.5-liter V-6 puts out 235 hp and 232 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power to either the front or all four wheels; EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway for all-wheel-drive models. All engines and transmissions are covered by Dodge's lifetime powertrain warranty.

The Avenger uses MacPhereson struts up front and a multi-link independent suspension in the rear; R/T models get sportier suspension tuning. Brakes are front disc/rear drum with optional anti-lock control on SE and SXT models; 4-wheel discs with ABS are optional on the SXT and standard on the R/T.

Safety
Driver and passenger front air bags, front-seat side air bags and two-row side curtain air bags are standard on all Avengers; anti-lock brakes are optional (standard on R/T), and electronic stability control is offered on the R/T model (standard with all-wheel drive). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not crash-tested the Dodge Avenger at the time of writing; however, the Chrysler Sebring sedan, which is mechanically similar, received a perfect 5-star rating for both front and rear passengers in the frontal crash tests. For the side crash test, ratings were 5 stars for front occupants and 3 stars for rear-seat occupants.

Technology
The optional MyGig stereo system includes a 20 GB hard drive for music files, which can be ripped from a CD or copied via the stereo's built-in USB port and a touch-screen navigation system with voice activation. A built-in copy of the GraceNote CD database allows the stereo to automatically detect and display artist and track information. The UConnect system provides hands-free Bluetooth phone compatibility with voice dialing. The Avenger offers an optional rear-seat DVD player, and front-seat occupants can watch movies via the navigation system's screen when the transmission is in park. The Avenger can keep your coffee hot and your iced tea cool with cupholders that can heat up to 140 F and cool down to 35 F.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Replaces the Stratus as Dodge's midsize family sedan

  • Aggressive styling based on other Dodge models

  • Larger cabin, taller driving position

  • Choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines

  • Front- or all-wheel drive (AWD)

  • Optional 2.7-liter Flex Fuel V-6 engine

  • Optional MyGig entertainment system with 20 GB hard-drive-based music server

  • Optional heated and cooled cupholders

  • Optional DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system

  • Optional electronic stability control system
Overview
Dodge hopes to make the Avenger, its 2008 replacement for the Stratus sedan, a major player in the midsize market. With styling that bears more than a passing resemblance to its big brother, the Charger, a choice of three engines (including two V-6s), and an optional all-wheel-drive system, the Avenger is designed to bring the attitude of Dodge models like the Charger, Nitro and Ram to the 4-door family sedan.

Model Lineup
The Avenger is offered in SE, SXT and R/T trim levels. The 4-cylinder SE features power windows, mirrors and locks; automatic transmission; air conditioning; CD/MP3 player; cruise control; 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers; and front, side, and side curtain air bags. Options include a sunroof; 6-disc CD changer; heated front seats; Bluetooth phone compatibility; and anti-lock brakes. The SXT adds alloy wheels; stain-resistant YES Essentials seat fabric; and anti-lock brakes. The options list includes a 2.7-liter V-6 engine; leather seats; MyGig audio/navigation system; rear-seat DVD player; automatic headlights; automatic climate control; and electronic stability control.

In addition to the SXT's standard equipment, the top-of-the-line Avenger R/T gets a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission; body-color mirrors and trim; automatic climate control; auto-dimming rearview mirror; 6-disc CD/MP3 player; 18-inch alloy wheels; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; and optional all-wheel drive. Electronic stability control is optional on the front-whee-drive model, standard with all-wheel drive. As with the SXT, leather seats, MyGig audio, and a rear-seat DVD player are optional.

Powertrain
The Avenger SE's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine represents a 15-percent jump in horsepower over the outgoing Stratus' base engine (173 vs. 150) with an 8-percent increase in fuel economy. The new engine's EPA mileage figures are 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway. The Avenger SXT offers an optional 2.7-liter V-6 engine with 189 hp and 191 lb.-ft. of torque, a flex-fuel engine that can run on ethanol blends up to E85. EPA fuel economy estimates (on gasoline) are 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway. Both 2.4- and 2.7- liter engines employ a 4-speed automatic transmission to drive the front wheels. The Avenger R/T's 3.5-liter V-6 puts out 235 hp and 232 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power to either the front or all four wheels; EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway for all-wheel-drive models. All engines and transmissions are covered by Dodge's lifetime powertrain warranty.

The Avenger uses MacPhereson struts up front and a multi-link independent suspension in the rear; R/T models get sportier suspension tuning. Brakes are front disc/rear drum with optional anti-lock control on SE and SXT models; 4-wheel discs with ABS are optional on the SXT and standard on the R/T.

Safety
Driver and passenger front air bags, front-seat side air bags and two-row side curtain air bags are standard on all Avengers; anti-lock brakes are optional (standard on R/T), and electronic stability control is offered on the R/T model (standard with all-wheel drive). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not crash-tested the Dodge Avenger at the time of writing; however, the Chrysler Sebring sedan, which is mechanically similar, received a perfect 5-star rating for both front and rear passengers in the frontal crash tests. For the side crash test, ratings were 5 stars for front occupants and 3 stars for rear-seat occupants.

Technology
The optional MyGig stereo system includes a 20 GB hard drive for music files, which can be ripped from a CD or copied via the stereo's built-in USB port and a touch-screen navigation system with voice activation. A built-in copy of the GraceNote CD database allows the stereo to automatically detect and display artist and track information. The UConnect system provides hands-free Bluetooth phone compatibility with voice dialing. The Avenger offers an optional rear-seat DVD player, and front-seat occupants can watch movies via the navigation system's screen when the transmission is in park. The Avenger can keep your coffee hot and your iced tea cool with cupholders that can heat up to 140 F and cool down to 35 F.
Available Trims for the 2008 Dodge Avenger
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name SE (4dr Sdn FWD *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic MSRP 18345.00 Engine 2.7L/167 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name SXT (4dr Sdn FWD *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic MSRP 19245.00 Engine 2.7L/167 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name R/T (4dr Sdn FWD *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic MSRP 22995.00 Engine 3.5L/214 City/Hwy MPG 16/26
Name R/T (4dr Sdn AWD *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24995.00 Engine 3.5L/214 City/Hwy MPG 15/24
Name SE (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 19640.00 Engine 2.7L/167 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name SXT (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 20570.00 Engine 2.7L/167 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name R/T (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24220.00 Engine 3.5L/214 City/Hwy MPG 16/26
Name R/T (4dr Sdn AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26220.00 Engine 3.5L/214 City/Hwy MPG 15/24
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INTERIOR
  • Cloth low-back front bucket seats w/driver height adjust
  • 60/40 folding rear bench seat
  • Center console w/instrument panel Chill Zone storage bin
  • Floor console w/sliding armrest
  • Tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel
  • Electroluminescent instrumentation-inc: tachometer, outside temp display
  • Tire pressure monitor warning lamp
  • Pwr windows w/driver 1-touch up/down feature
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Speed control
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent system
  • Security alarm
  • Pwr trunk lid release
  • AM/FM/MP3 audio system w/CD player-inc: (4) speakers, auxiliary input jack
  • Removable short mast antenna
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster
  • Dual visors w/vanity mirrors
  • Illuminated entry
  • 12V auxiliary pwr outlet
  • Premium cloth low-back front bucket seats-inc: stain & odor resistant anti-static seat fabric, 8-way pwr driver adjust, manual driver lumbar, passenger fold-flat
  • Silver instrument panel bezel w/chrome accent
  • AM/FM/MP3 audio system w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers, auxiliary input jack
  • Center console w/cushioned armrest, instrument panel Chill Zone storage bin
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Pwr windows w/dual front 1-touch up/down feature
  • AM/FM/MP3 audio system w/6-disc CD/DVD player-inc: (6) speakers, auxiliary input jack
  • Air conditioning w/auto temp control
  • Deluxe door trim panel
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • 60/40 folding rear bench seat w/center armrest
  • Center console w/instrument panel Chill Zone storage bin, 12V pwr outlet
  • Electroluminescent instrumentation-inc: tachometer, 120 MPH speedometer, outside temp display
  • Silver instrument panel bezel
  • Sirius satellite radio w/(1) year service *N/A in HI or PR* *Limited service in AK*
  • Trunk lamp
  • Luxury front/rear floor mats
  • Center console w/cushioned armrest, instrument panel Chill Zone storage bin, 12V pwr outlet
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/audio controls
EXTERIOR
  • Body-color fascias
  • Quad optics head lights w/timed off delay
  • Pwr mirrors
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Bright/black grille
  • Body-color door handles
  • Trunk lid spoiler
  • Body-color molding
  • Automatic quad optics head lights w/timed off delay
  • Fog lamps
  • Fold-away pwr heated mirrors
  • Body-color grille
  • Front/rear solar control glass
MECHANICAL
  • 2.4L DOHC dual VVT 16-valve I4 engine
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Lock-up torque converter
  • Front wheel drive
  • 525 CCA maintenance-free battery
  • Front MacPherson strut suspension
  • Rear independent multi-link suspension
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • P215/65R16 all-season BSW tires
  • 16" x 6.5" steel wheels w/wheel covers
  • Compact spare tire
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes
  • P215/60R17 all-season BSW tires
  • 17" x 6.5" aluminum wheels
  • Anti-lock front disc/rear drum brakes
  • 3.5L MPI 24-valve HO V6 engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/Autostick
  • Sport tuned suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P215/55R18 all-season performance BSW tires
  • 18" x 7.0" aluminum wheels
  • Firm Feel pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Dual bright exhaust tips
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability program
  • All wheel drive
  • P215/55R18 all-season touring BSW tires
  • Touring tuned suspension
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Front advanced multi-stage airbags -inc: passenger seat occupant restraint controller (ORC)
    • Supplemental side airbags
    • Supplemental front/rear side-curtain airbags
    • (5) 3-point seat belts-inc: front height adjustable shoulder belts
    • Child seat anchor system w/upper tether anchors, LATCH ready
    • Rear door child protection locks
    • Inside trunk emergency release
    • Dual-note horn
    • Anti-lock front disc/rear drum brakes
    • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
    • Traction control
    • Electronic stability program
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