In need of further improvement.
The Dodge Avenger made its first appearance in the mid-size-sedan category in 2008, but it never caught on, probably due to the fact that the Avenger was little more than average in looks, dynamics, and build quality. Dodge delivered a refresh for 2011, but the mild exterior face-lift didn’t do much to save the Avenger from its dated look. For 2013, there’s not much to talk about. The mid-size sedan still comes with a standard 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a standard four-speed automatic transmission; a six-speed automatic is optional. Buyers can shell out a little more cash to get the more powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 puts out 283 hp and returns a respectable 29 mpg on the highway. Decent materials and stylish trim enhance the car’s interior, but the cabin’s major features are supportive seats and a thick-rimmed steering wheel. The Avenger’s biggest obstacle is the wealth of competition in the mid-size-sedan segment. Chrysler appears to be moving in the right direction with the Avenger, but this car is going to need more than a face-lift before it can compete with the likes of the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion, which have upped their games with recent redesigns.
new for 2013
R/T models are $500 cheaper than they were last year, and SXT models now have heated leather seats. There’s an available Rallye Appearance Group that includes eighteen-inch twin-spoke wheels, a rear spoiler, tinted headlights, and a color-matched grille.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; stability and traction control; a tire-pressure monitoring system; and ABS are standard.
Decently finished interior
Better choices in the segment
Dated exterior styling
Base Price Range: $19,990–$26,490
TRIM LEVELS: SE, SXT, R/T
BODY STYLE: Sedan, 5-passenger
ENGINES: 2.4L I-4, 173 hp, 166 lb-ft
3.6L V-6, 283 hp, 250 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 4- or 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 100.2 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: 13.5 cu ft