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2008 Dodge Avenger Sedan

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Dodge Avenger Sedan

The 2008 Dodge Avenger, a mid-size sedan that competes with the Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry, among others, goes on sale initially priced $1,605 below the comparable outgoing Dodge Stratus, according to the automaker. While the base price is lower, the Avenger has expanded standard-feature content including side air bags, an alarm, and the innovative Chill Zone cooler system. Several options, such as the MyGig audio/navigation system and heated/cooled cup holder, also differentiate it feature-wise from other mid-size sedans.

What's new for 2008?

The new-for-2008, front-wheel-drive Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan, which is mechanically similar to the Chrysler Sebring, borrows its look from the larger Charger sedan and replaces the Stratus in Dodge's lineup.

Model Strengths

  • Fuel efficiency
  • standout exterior styling
  • innovative interior features.

Model Review

Replacing the Stratus in Dodge's 2008 model lineup, the Avenger brings a completely different, more upright and angular appearance that borrows styling cues from the big Charger sedan and Dodge's muscle-car past. But the Avenger's appeal goes beyond outward appearance; the model offers several innovative interior features not otherwise seen among its peers.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Avenger as the name of a carplate tracks back almost four decades to the Hillman Avenger in Great Britain and through a corporate connection with Chrysler Europe to derivations like the Chrysler Alpine in Europe, the Dodge 1500 of Brazil and Argentina, and the Plymouth Cricket in the USA.

During the 1994 season of IROC contests, NASCAR racers like Dale Earnhardt and Mark Martin steered a Dodge stock car which bore the name of Avenger. For Dodge's 1995 consumer line the aged Daytona coupe was replaced with a sleek compact sports coupe which sported the Avenger badge off the IROC racer.

In 2007 a new Dodge Avenger stock car joins the Dodge Charger in NEXTEL Cup competition with the NASCAR Car of Tomorrow (COT) race series. And that leads to a street-legal version as a four-door sedan with bold styling and clever accessories packaged as the 2008 Dodge Avenger. This new car, which replaces Stratus in Dodge's line, fits in the mid-size class and comes in three flavors.

We spend time in various versions driving Avenger across Arizona's Sonoran Desert and discover the car wears an independent suspension system tuned to deliver a smooth ride quality, with the passenger compartment, padded and insulated, amounting to a comfortable space filled with stylish appointments.

The shapely body -- flashing the menacing face of a bulldog with shapely body bulges and the sleek profile of a coupe despite a pair of doors hanging off each side -- shows styling cues similar to the larger Dodge Charger sedan.

Avenger's blunt-nosed hood stretches long and the body's beltline on flanks seems tall, with a roofline tapering toward the rear and squeezing window glass to narrow proportions.

Front and rear overhangs have been whittled away and the wheels on front and back corners convey an impression of strength and swift performance. Dodge divides the Avenger into three different versions -- the entry-model Avenger SE, an upscale Avenger SXT edition and a sporty Avenger R/T.

Each Avenger carries unique trim on the body. For instance, the face of Avenger R/T shows foglamps in the low fascia and at the tail there are dual exhaust pipes with chrome tips to accommodate a souped-up powertrain.

Dodge offers three different engines to motivate the new Avenger -- one for each trim. Avenger SE the price-leader totes a 2.4-liter four-in-line plant with dual variable valve timing (VVT) to generate 173 hp at 6000 rpm plus torque of 166 lb-ft at 4400 rpm. The four-pack ties to a four-speed automatic transaxle.

This engine scores Avenger's best fuel economy numbers -- 30 mpg for highway cruising. Avenger SXT packs a V6 engine and a different four-speed automatic.

This plant, displacing 2.7 liters off an aluminum block with dual-cam configuration, delivers 189 hp at 6400 rpm with the torque pegged to 191 lb-ft at 4000 rpm. Despite the boosted output, the V6 still achieves good fuel economy numbers (19 mpg city/27 mpg highway) and runs on regular-grade gas. Avenger's strongest powertrain drops into the top version, Avenger R/T.

The single-cam 3.5-liter V6 produces 235 hp at 6400 rpm and 232 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. It ties to a new six-speed automatic available with the AutoStick manual shift controller. With the larger V6, mid-grade fuel (89 octane) is recommended and the fuel economy figures drop to 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

Different brake components go with each powertrain. For the entry-level Avenger, the brakes consist of front discs and rear drums with the option of an anti-lock brake system (ABS). For Avenger SXT, brakes include standard ABS and the option of a disc at every wheel.

For Avenger R/T, the four-wheel disc brakes include ABS plus options for a non-skid device called electronic stability program (ESP) linked to a traction control system (TCS). Avenger R/T also offers an optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system combined with sport suspension tuning. All versions of Avenger stock a significant content of passive safety gear, including a lot of air bags.

There are frontal air bags and seat-mounted side air bags for front seats and curtain-style air bags stretching the length of the cabin above all outboard seats. Avenger's cabin is straightforward in a clean design. The layout consists of two sport buckets up front and followed by a rear bench broad enough for three but with indented sections for two.

The back of the front passenger bucket folds forward to form a flat horizontal surface, and backs of the rear seat, divided into two separate sections, also fold for access to the trunk. Long cargo items can be stacked on top of these folded seats and stretched from dash to trunk.

Cool concepts make life nice inside Avenger:

* A cupholder in the front console has hot/cold elements to keep a beverage piping hot or nearly freezing.

* Chill Zone in the dashboard is a cooler bin that holds four 12-oz. cans of beverage.

* Optional Harmon/Kardon audio and information gear includes a dashboard touch-screen interface to control a 20-gigabyte hard drive for music and video storage.

* Optional UConnect adds hands-free wireless voice communication with a cell phone using Bluetooth technology.

Dodge structures a price chart for new Avenger to undercut the previous Stratus series. MSRP for Avenger SE begins at $18,220. Avenger SXT goes for $19,120, with Avenger R/T listing for $22,870, or $24,870 for the AWD version.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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