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2008 Dodge Avenger R/T Review

Muscle Car Wannabe

Dodge Avenger R/T

In short: A sporty, gadget-loaded mid-size sedan.

Dodge Avenger R/T Interior
Avenger R/T Engine
Heated/Cooled Cupholder

Aggressively styled and packing a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the Dodge Avenger R/T is a reliable daily driver that dreams of being a bona-fide muscle car. Boasting a respectable 235 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, the Avenger offers decent boost out of the gate. Unfortunately, this wannabe muscle car's dreams of speed are hampered down by a slow-to-act automatic transmission. However, while this mid-size sedan isn't much of a racer, there are dozens of convenient features to help compensate, such as steering wheel-mounted audio controls, leather-trimmed bucket seats, power-heated foldaway mirrors and an air-conditioned storage box able to hold four soda cans.

Even for the non-gear heads and gadget fiends among us, the Avenger's great looks, comfortable interior and sporty feel make this fun family sedan a great option for commuters looking to get a little more kick out of their morning drive. And with a starting price under $23,000, you can enjoy all of the Dodge Avenger's high-tech toys with an easy mind and healthy savings account.




Dodge Avenger R/T

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile outer body rust-through warranty; powertrain lifetime limited warranty.

Base Price: $22,870/As Tested: $30,060

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC V6
Horsepower: 235 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 232 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with overdrive

Curb weight:
3,568 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.9/72.8/58.9 in
Turning circle: 36.5 ft

disc in front and rear
Suspension: independent in front and rear

0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 16 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

advanced multi-stage front airbags; supplemental side curtain airbags for front and rear; supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags; emergency trunk release; tire pressure monitoring system

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(Updated: 05/07/10 NW)