The Dodge Avenger is a midsize, five passenger front-wheel-drive sedan, a model introduced in 2008 to replace the previous Dodge Stratus. This vehicle is a mechanical twin to the Chrysler 200 (formerly Sebring) and is sold in SE, SXT and R/T trim levels. This model model was updated in 2011 to reflect its current inline-four and V-6 engine choices.
Engines and Transmissions
While some of the Avenger’s chief competitors including the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima no longer offer V-6 engine options in the competitive midsize family sedan segment, the Dodge Avenger offers both a 2.4-liter inline-four and a 3.6-liter V-6 engine.
The base engine is a 16-valve in-line four cylinder constructed of a die-cast aluminum block and cast-aluminum cylinder heads. This engine makes 173 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 166 foot-pounds of torque at 4,400 rpm. With a 10.5-to-1 compression ratio, this engine makes use of sequential multi-port fuel injection and variable valve timing. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic transmission is available.
Avenger also offers a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, a 24-valve motor that has a 10.0-to-1 compression ratio. This Pentastar engine is of aluminum construction and makes use of electronic, sequential multi-port fuel injection. Rated at 283 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 260 foot-pounds of torque at 4,400 rpm, the Avenger’s larger engine is one of the most powerful in this segment. Dodge pairs this engine with a six-speed automatic transmission with an available auto-stick option for driver manual control.
Fuel economy is not a Dodge Avenger strong suit. The Nissan Altima delivers a class-leading 38 mpg on the highway; the best Avenger can do is deliver 20 mpg around the city and 31 mpg on the highway with its inline-four paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Not too far off the mark is the V-6 engine with a rating of 19 mpg around the city and 29 mpg on the highway. This model comes equipped with a 16.9-gallon fuel tank and runs on regular grade gasoline, E85 fuel or a combination of these two fuel choices.
The 2013 Dodge Avenger sits on a 108.9-inch wheelbase and is 192.6 inches long. This model measures 72.8 inches wide and 58.4 inches tall. Avenger offers 100.2 cubic feet of passenger volume and comes with a 13.5 cubic foot trunk.
Avenger sits on 17-inch steel wheels set within all-season tires. Optionally, 18-inch aluminum wheels are available. This model features rack and pinion steering, independent MacPherson struts up front and a multilink independent suspension system in the rear.
The Dodge Avenger advances the brand’s design language, one that features a crosshair grille set within a sport fascia. A bolstered hood, color-keyed sport side mirrors, LED tail lamps and an available rear spoiler and dual chrome exhaust tips are among the features of this sedan.
Inside, a spacious and illuminated cabin is accessed via keyless entry. Standard equipment includes premium cloth bucket seats, power windows and door locks, steering wheel mounted audio controls, air conditioning and a tilt and telescoping steering column. A four-speaker Uconnect multi-media center is standard as is an audio input jack, a 60-40 rear seat with a trunk pass through and active head restraints are standard. Options include a theft deterrent system, automatic headlamps, fog lights, heated front seats, leather touches, an upgraded audio system and SiriusXM satellite radio.
Safety and Warranties
All Dodge Avenger models are equipped with traction control, stability control and a full complement of airbags. Avenger is an IIHS top safety pick, offering good performance in moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear tests.
Dodge offers a 36-month, 36,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty and a 60-month, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty for the Avenger. A rust through warranty offers protection for 60 moths or 100,000 miles. Roadside assistance is also included for 60 months or 100,000 miles.