Blue Light Special: 2012 Dodge Avenger SE V-6 Trim Starts at $21,495

By Trevor Dorchies | March 14, 2012
Over the past year or so, the Dodge Avenger has enjoyed somewhat of a comeback, as the sedan has seen a spike in sales recently. Yesterday, Dodge announced it will be adding another model to the Avenger stable, bringing the total number to five. The SE V-6 is the latest to join the resurging Avenger lineup, and adds a few new features like 18-inch wheels, a rear deck lid spoiler, dual exhaust, and most importantly, Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. Besides the aforementioned features, the 2012 Dodge Avenger SE V-6 trim will come with the usual amenities that an SE trim comes with. These include LED taillights, electric stability control with traction control and roll mitigation. Other features include multi-stage driver and front passenger air bags, side-curtain and front seat-mounted side airbags, an interior littered with soft-touch materials, power windows, mirrors, and locks, air conditioning cruise control, a steering wheel with integrated audio controls, an outside temperature gauge, and a 60/40 rear seat with trunk pass through. The 2012 Dodge Avenger SE V-6 trim starts at $21, 495 but doesn't include the destination fee. The base Avenger SE commands a starting price of $18,995 but comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and draws fuel from an 18.5 gallon fuel tank. The SE V-6 model uses Chrysler's highly-touted Pentastar V-6 engine, which is rated at 283 horsepower and achieves 29 mpg on the highway. The SE V-6 engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. Besides the SE and SE V-6 models the Avenger is also available in an SXT, SXT Plus, and R/T trim level.
Dodge has been active recently dictating which vehicles in its stable will get what size engine. Last week it was announced that the Journey SXT would be on the receiving end of a downsized engine during the month of March free of charge to the customer.  Besides the Pentastar V-6 engine that has begun service all across Chrysler's lineup, the Journey can now be outfitted with a four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. What do you think? Does the addition of the SE V-6 trim to the Avenger lineup make the sedan more appealing than before? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: Dodge