Recent improvements make the Dodge Avenger a contender, delivering more bang for the buck than most competitors. Its interior still isn't the richest or most sophisticated in this class, but it's roomy, quiet, straightforward and effective, like the car in general. The ride/handling balance is excellent. With a choice of engines, a range of models and good mileage ratings, the Avenger mates value and features with prices that are hard to beat.
Sam Moses reported from Portland, Oregon; with J.P. Vettraino reporting from Detroit.
Model Line Overview
Dodge Avenger SE ($18,995); SXT ($21,695); R/T ($25,495)
173-hp 2.4-liter I4; 283-hp 3.6-liter V6
4-speed automatic; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):
front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, head-protection curtains for outboard seats, active front head restraints, electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist, tire pressure warning
Safety equipment (optional):
3 years/36,000 miles
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Dodge Avenger R/T ($25,495)
automatic climate control with cabin air filter, sports seats with leather bolsters, eight-way power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, six-speaker Boston Acoustics audio with single CD player, 6.5-inch touch-screen, auxiliary connection, 40-gigbyte storage drive and SiriusXM satellite radio with one-year trial subscription, power windows, mirrors and locks, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilt/telescope steering wheel with audio controls, center console with storage box, trip computer, overhead LED map lights, illuminated vanity mirrors, two 12-volt power points, 60/40-split rear seat, rear defroster, carpeted floor mats, remote start, fog lamps, 18-inch aluminum wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
GPS navigation ($695) with Bluetooth connectivity and one-year subscription to SiriusXM Travel Link
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
3.6-liter dual overhead cam V6 with variable valve timing
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
283 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
260 @ 4400
6-speed automatic with manual shift feature
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
13.5 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson struts with coil springs over gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
independent, multi-link with coil springs, gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
P225/50R18 all season
vented disc/disc with ABS, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of December 04, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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