The Dodge Avenger is a moderately priced midsize sedan. After a major overhaul in 2011, the Avenger is greatly improved. Improvements were made to overall styling and especially performance on the road. This current generation of Avengers began production in 2008 after an eight-year absence of the two-door coupe Avenger that Dodge used to produce. While safety, power, and standard features are excellent for the price, the Avenger's small interior and poor rear visibility are a bit inconvenient.
New For 2013
The 2012 Dodge Avenger receives basically no changes for 2012 other than:
- Trim name changes
- Minute aesthetic changes
The Avenger SE and SXT come standard with 17-inch steel wheels. The Avenger SXT Plus comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, and the Avenger R/T comes with 18-inch painted alloy wheels. Optional upgrades for all models except the R/T include MOPAR 17-inch chrome aluminum wheels and 18-inch aluminum chrome wheels.
The SE and SXT come standard with a spare steel wheel, a spare tire, and intermittent windshield wipers. A MOPAR chrome exhaust tip, rear splashguards, and a hitch receiver are optional.
The SXT Plus and R/T come equipped with a rear spoiler, and there is an option to remove the rear spoiler if desired.
Interior & Cargo
The SE and SXT come with cloth upholstery, which is extremely soft to the touch. Windows, locks, and mirrors are powered and have easy-to-use controls. The driver's seat has adjustable lumbar support, and the front seats are bucket seats. The rear bench seat is able to fold for additional storage space. Standard with all models are conveniences, such as cruise control, audio control and cruise control on the steering wheel, and an AM/FM/CD player with a four-speaker audio system and MP3 capabilities. Options for the SE and SXT include smoker's group trim, which includes ashtrays, MOPAR Garmin navigation system, Sirius satellite radio, and Bluetooth telephone technologies.
The 2012 Dodge Avenger SXT Plus and R/T models also come with leather and alloy trim on the steering wheel and shift knob. Additionally, they come standard with climate control, eight-way power driver and passenger seats, satellite radio, and an upgraded six-speaker audio system. Options include a cold weather group, which includes remote starting, heating of the engine, and other conveniences to make the ride warmer and the car less susceptible to issues associated with cold weather.
The R/T comes with leather and cloth upholstery, interior air filtration, and a Boston Acoustics premium brand audio system with 276 watts stereo output, iPod integration, and higher quality sound. The R/T has the option of a media center with DVD player.
Unfortunately, the Avenger’s interior is a bit cramped, and the available cargo space when all seats are in place is only 13.4 feet. Luckily, the rear bench seat and passenger seat fold flat for additional storage when needed.
The 2012 Dodge Avenger comes standard with an all-wheel Anti-lock Brake System on front ventilated disc brakes and rear solid disc brakes. Braking power is also improved with electronic brake force distribution and emergency braking assistance technologies. Stability control and traction control help the Dodge Avenger stay on the road in inclement weather while also providing extra smoothness to the ride. Headlights have an automatic delay when turning off for better visibility at the end of a late night drive.
The Avenger comes standard with front and rear head airbags and front side airbags to reduce injuries in the case of a collision. Rear child safety locks help keep the doors shut during motion. Front seatbelts feature three-point pretensioners, and the rear features three three-point seatbelts. Headrests use passenger protection technology to reduce the possibility of whiplash. The Avenger SXT Plus and R/T also come with fog lights and dusk-sensing headlamps for additional visibility on the road.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2012 Dodge Avenger a ""good"" rating in every category and a ""good"" rating overall. These test showed high survival rates and limited injury rates in the event of frontal collisions. Overall, the moderately priced Avenger is extremely safety conscious.
The Dodge Avenger SE is equipped with 173-hp, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 166 lb-ft of torque. The SE has a four-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The SXT comes with the same engine equipped with a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission that allows the driver to switch gears more quickly. Estimated mileage is 20/31 mpg city/highway.
The Avenger SXT Plus and Avenger R/T come with a 283-hp, 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that produces 260 lb-ft of torque and considerably more powerful acceleration than the smaller engine options. The 3.6-liter engine is also equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission. The larger engine doesn't lose very much in the way of fuel economy, with only one or two fewer miles per gallon.
All models have a turning radius that measures 37.7 feet. Also standard is a multi-link front and rear suspension system with four-wheel independent suspension and a stabilization bar for amazing smoothness on the road. Optional is an engine block heater for use in cold months.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Dodge Avenger
- Honda Accord
- Subaru Legacy
- Toyota Camry
- Ford Fusion
- Mazda MAZDA6