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2008 Dodge Avenger

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2008 Dodge Avenger Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car 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 This Car 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 for 2008

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.

Driving the Avenger
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.

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 Entertainment
The Avenger's available rear-seat DVD video system - a feature uncommon in the segment - includes dual headphones plus audio and gaming capability.

2008 Dodge Avenger Details
2008 Dodge Avenger photo Interior

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
2008 Dodge Avenger photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard 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.

Optional Equipment

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.

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 4
172 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30

2.7-liter V6
189 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
191 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27

3.5-liter V6
235 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
232 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26

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2008 Dodge Avenger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 431 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Saves me from the morons!

By on Sunday, July 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "It's a DODGE! it's quick, great sound system"

Cons: "some paint bubbling on front edge of hood"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought new 2008 R/T, it was everything I expected, great handling and response with back against the seat acceleration. Took trip to Seattle thru Mont. Ate up the Rockies, even with packed snow @ Summits.In the Cascades, Snoqualmie Pass had snow freezing on the road, with lots of traffic,that seemed in a big hurry. I avoided a few accidents and spinning cars on the way down, with very light traffic the last 1/3 down. I give the car 60% credit for getting us thru the maze while maintaining stability!"

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

By on Saturday, June 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "FUN TO DRIVE"

Cons: "TRANS, BRAKES, TIRES"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"GOT A GOOD DEAL ON CAR. V6 POWER IS VERY GOOD, V4 NOT WORTH IT. PULLS TO THE RIGHT. MANY ALIGNMENTS. TRANS SLIPS. GAS MILEAGE DEPENDS ON HOW YOU DRIVE. GOT IT LOADED, NAV NICE, ROOF NICE. WOULDNT BUY AGAIN, BUT GOT 5K OFF STICKER SO WAS WORTH AROUND 20K WHEN PURCHASED NEW. DONT MAKE ANYMORE SO VALUE HAS DIPPED. FACTORY PUT ON CHEAP GOODYEARS SO BAD IN WINTER. CHEAP BRAKES SO REPLACE AFTER 30K ISNT RIGHT."

Best car I have had in years

By on Saturday, April 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car, fun to drive"

Cons: "No backup camera"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car new with 29 miles on it. Was on the dealer lot for 5 months. The 3.6 liter V6 is a powerful addition to this car. Makes it really quick. Highway fuel mileage is excellent! Around town the mileage suffers mostly due to the fact that I tend to be a little spirited in my driving. But who could blame me, the R/T suspension is tight and the autostick gives you a little more control in shifting(almost as fun as a manual). I have no squeaks or rattles and I have driven over lots of poor roads and railroad crossings. The only problem I have had was a plugged heater core that was taken care of under warranty. I have owned more than 30 cars in the past 38 years and this one is at the top of the list.(so far)"

16 people out of 22 found this review helpful

an ok car...

By on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "great on gas"

Cons: "head rest sit to far back to even use"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"i got this car only due to my credit only allowing me to get a certian car and a certian amount of money i could spend on one, wasnt what i went to the dealer ship to buy but was what i could get so i got it when i got it i loved it and thought wow a new car, it was just a yr old and only had 22,000 miles on it, i mean it drives great good on gas but for it being so fancy and pretty on the outside they sure fooled me with the inside its just a plain jane. nothing fancy about the inside of the car at all. and i hate the head rest in the car u literally have to lay back to reach the head rest and that sucks cuz iam almost 6 ft tall and i like to rest my head and neck while driving and when in this car thats not happeing so other then that for maybe a first time car buyer it would be a good car to start out with but dont get a white on thats what i have and its so hard to keep it clean esp on the front of the car due to how big the bumper is. but as i said its a good car but i would never buy another one."

20 people out of 25 found this review helpful

150000 miles no problems

By on Monday, January 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Good gas milage for a fairly big car 33 MPG on long trips plus live time gurantee wish Dodge would do that again but will keep this 1 for a while been a great car"

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Givew you the neccessities and a good ride.

By on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 189,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "A fair priced car that delivers what it promises."

Cons: "the interior has a lot of hard plastic."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have the SXT. It is not a super fancy car, but it has a very good sound system with satellite radio, power locks, cruise, heated cup holder, automatic cooler for canned drinks, electric mirrors and very dependable. I also own a Mercedes and an Infiniti. For the price, I would say the Avenger has been the best buy. It is still going at 189,000 mile and I have only had to do the expected maintenance on it."

17 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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