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2010 Dodge Avenger

  • 2010 Dodge Avenger Express Sedan

    Express Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      173/166
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,230
  • 2010 Dodge Avenger R/T Sedan

    R/T Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      173/166
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,730
  • 2010 Dodge Avenger SXT Sedan

    SXT Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      173/166
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,230
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2010 Dodge Avenger Review

Midsize sedan with good crash test scores but poor everything else

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2010 Dodge Avenger is a midsize sedan that is available in three trim levels: SXT Sedan, Express Sedan, R/T Sedan. The Dodge Avenger Express and SXT are powered by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission, while the Avenger R/T comes with the same engine and transmission but can be upgraded with an optional 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

While aggressively styled, the Dodge Avengers suffers from unrefined power trains and a subpar interior. However, the Avenger does get good crash test scores but its fuel economy of 21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway is below average for car of its class.

New for 2010

While the Dodge Avenger's SE base trim was dropped for 2010, a new midgrade trim called "Express" debuted.

Essentials

Engines: 2.4L I-4, 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: SXT Sedan, Express Sedan, R/T Sedan

On the Outside

The 2010 Dodge Avenger is distinguished by Dodge's signature crosshair grille and heavily-flared quarter panels.

From the Inside

The Dodge Avenger's substandard interior is saved by the standard air-conditioned "Chill Zone" storage compartment that holds four 12-ounce beverage cans, optional 276-watt Boston Acoustics stereo, and an available premium headliner with directional LED lamps.

Driving Performance

While the Dodge Avenger's 2.5-liter I-4 engine churns out a respectable 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, it is held back by its dated four-speed automatic transmission. Then, even though the 3.5-liter V-6 engine is married to a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode, it generates just 235 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are noisy and harsh, and get below-average fuel economy.

Safety Equipment

The 2010 Dodge Avenger is an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, boasting front seat belt pre-tensioners, front-seat thorax airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags. The R/T trim offers electronic stability control.

Gas Mileage

SXT, R/T I-4: 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway
R/T V-7: 16 mpg city/27 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Getting a deal

Minuses

  • Inferior interior
  • Unrefined powertrains

Rating

Midsize sedan with good crash test scores but poor everything else

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