2008 Dodge Avenger Review

2008 Dodge Avenger The Dodge Avenger is set to hit dealer’s lots late 2007, and it will be replacing the Stratus. Considering how soulless and bland the Stratus is, it would be hard to create a worse vehicle.

Overall specs are very uninspiring. The 4 cylinder has solid power, but both of the V6 offerings ( especially the 3.5 liter ) are a little sad. 235 HP out of a 3.5 liter V6? Nissan’s been getting 260+ out of these things for years.

Stlying is mixed.. the front end is aggressive, but unpleasing to my eyes. I’d bet that I’ll be in the minority though, and the front end will be popular with most folks. The back is typical Dodge / Chrysler – boring and unfinished. Can the aggressive front end overcome the lack of power and questionable overall styling? Read on to find out.

2008 Dodge Avenger Specs

  • 173 HP 2.4 liter 4 Cylinder engine standard
  • 189 HP 2.7 liter V6 optional
  • 235 HP 3.5 liter V6 ( Big Daddy engine )
  • Four speed auto on base model, 6 speed auto on the R/T
  • Front wheel drive
  • Shares platform with Chrysler Sebring

2008 Dodge Avenger Reviews

Motor Trend reviews the 2008 Dodge Avenger and comments on the handling – ‘The Avenger R/T handles better than the other Avengers or the Sebring, with stiffer springs and shocks and, especially, damping, which gives it a kind of Honda Accord feel.The Avenger SE and SXT are tuned like the Sebring, which seems a mistake. When you get suspension tuning right, why not present it throughout the lineup, as theAccord does? It’s no sport sedan, but the R/T does offer reasonably fun handling,with minimal body roll in moderate-speed corners and a comfortable, well-dampedride.’

New Car Test Drive dot com reviews the 2008 Dodge Avenger and writes – ‘A three-quarter-scale replica of the Charger in many ways, the Dodge Avenger is about twice the car the Stratus was, with more style, more guts, and more verve. We really like the way the new Avenger is styled and put together. It’s got real sex appeal, good fuel economy, a nice-looking, functional interior with reasonable family room (although the fast-sloping rear roof doesn’t leave a lot of head room or leg room), lots of ordering flexibility with three model lines, and a host of interesting options. We would definitely put the Avenger on our shopping list.’

The Car Connection reviews the 2008 Dodge Avenger and says this about the Stlying – ‘Avenger will compete in a tough market segment, going up against leaders like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, as well as the newly-improved Malibu . It will be a tough fight. The new sedan may slip in a few categories, but it definitely stands out on the design front. And for many potential buyers, we think that will more than overcome its shortfalls.’

Frank Aukofer of Cars.com reviews the 2008 Dodge Avenger and writes – ‘The R/T is the version for enthusiasts. It surges off the line with authority and, with Chrysler’s AutoStick manual-shift mode, it trusts the driver. It stays in whatever gear is selected, unlike other manual-shift automatics that override the driver’s selection.’

Autobytel reviews the 2008 Dodge Avenger and writes – ‘The materials quality isn’t there; the styling is aggressive up front and bland out back, and may ultimately simply steal the Charger’s thunder; the powertrain lineup is competitive but far short of class-leading; and for crying out loud, it’s a 2008 model that doesn’t come with standard antilock and rear disc brakes on every model (Honda and Nissan share the blame on that one, but if Hyundai and Toyota can do it, so can the rest).’

Cars.com reviews the 2008 Dodge Avenger and writes – ‘I see no reason to doubt that the Avenger will satisfy its buyers. It’s troubling, though, that it’s not ahead of the curve. Cars — as opposed to trucks and SUVs — are what the Detroit-based automakers need to improve in this time of volatile and often high fuel prices. The Avenger has come to market marginally competitive, and that state could quickly drop to uncompetitive as other automakers make better use of the clean slate of a new model or complete redesign.’

Published on February 16, 2007 in Dodge

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