2009 Dodge Avenger

  • 2009 Dodge Avenger R/T Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      235/232
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $25,415
  • 2009 Dodge Avenger SE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      173/166
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,915
  • 2009 Dodge Avenger SXT Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      173/166
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,450
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2009 Dodge Avenger Review

Lacks the driving dynamics to make it a leading model in its segment.

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Overview

The 2009 Dodge Avenger is a spacious and fuel-efficient midsize sedan with a smooth ride and remarkable fuel efficiency. It has sound performance and a large selection of cabin electronics. It has the appearance of a muscle car, similar to the Dodge Charger, except smaller and less expensive. It offers three engine choices, a comfortable and quiet ride, and a spacious interior. In addition, it has a large variety of standard features and numerous optional features. The standard features include fog lights, anti-lock disc brakes, rear spoiler, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, remote door locks, front console storage, front and rear cup holders, front seatback storage, remote mirrors, and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. The quieter ride is attributed to increased insulation.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Avenger SE, Dodge Avenger SXT, Dodge Avenger R/T

What's New

Both the 2009 Dodge Avenger SXT and the R/T models have been given new standard features that include a rear spoiler, foglights, anti-lock brakes, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The all-wheel-drive R/T has been discontinued.

Exterior

The 2009 Dodge Avenger has three trim levels: SE, SXT, and R/T. The SE trim’s standard features are 16-inch steel wheels, power accessories, a telescoping and tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, cruise control, a cooled front storage compartment, an audio system with four speakers and single CD player, satellite radio, and an auxiliary audio jack. The SXT trim increases the tire size to 17-inches and in addition to the previous features adds a rear spoiler, fog lights, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, cloth upholstery with stain resistance, power driver seat, flat folding passenger seat, adds two more speakers for a total of four- and six-CD changer. In addition to the current features, the R/T trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, auto dimming rearview mirrors, and a firmer suspension tuning.

Interior

The 2009 Dodge Avenger has comfortable seating and convenient control layout. The rear seats two people comfortably and has a trunk space of 13.4 cubic feet. The interior measurements are 40-inch front head room and 53.2-inch rear head room, 53.2-inch front hip room and 38.3-inch rear hip room, 42.4-inch front leg room and 36.2-inch rear leg room, and 56.4-inch front shoulder room and 56.3-inch rear shoulder room. Its interior has bucket seats in the front, a split seatback, and a folding armrest in the rear. There are numerous conveniences, such as a front console with storage, front and rear reading lamps, cruise control, front and rear cup holders, front and rear pockets on the doors, a remote trunk release, 12-volt power outlets, front seat storage, power steering, and telescopic and tilt steering wheel. Power features include remote power door locks, power mirrors, and one-touch power windows

Performance & Handling

Depending upon the model, the 2009 Dodge Avenger has a choice of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 2.7-liter, V-6 engine. Both have four speed automatic transmission or buyers can choose a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with a six-speed transmission. All models have a front drive and can reach zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds.

Safety

The standard safety features equipped on the 2009 Dodge Avenger are front side airbags, full length head curtain airbags, child car-seat anchors, a remote anti-theft system, child safety locks, engine immobilizer, auto delay of headlamps, rear center seatbelt, emergency interior trunk release, and tire pressure monitoring. It receives a five-star rating from the government crash test for its performance in head-on collisions. It also receives five stars for front side impact tests and four stars for the rear occupants. The Insurance Safety Institute awarded a score of ""good"" for frontal offset and side impact tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Avenger four-cylinder engine: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Dodge Avenger V-6: 19/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Delivers smooth and quiet ride on the highway
  • R/T model provides particularly solid performance
  • Good gas mileage
  • Nice array of interior electronic amenities

You Won't Like

  • Four-cylinder engine is loud and underpowered
  • Brakes underpowered
  • Interior utilizes low-grade materials
  • Transmission choices are limited
  • Trunk is too small

Sum Up

Lacks the driving dynamics to make it a leading model in its segment.

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