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By Cars.com Staff
September 11, 2012
The five-seat Dodge Avenger is related to the Chrysler 200 — formerly the Sebring — and both cars got a new interior, a revised suspension and a new V-6 engine option for 2011. Competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion and Mazda6.
New for 2013 There are no significant changes for 2013. Exterior The Avenger didn't get as big of an exterior overhaul for 2011 as the 200, but there were some subtle changes, like a new crosshair grille, new taillights and smoother bumper styling. Aside from the taillights, which didn't really go with the rest of the car, it was a nice update on an existing design theme. Exterior features include:
Standard 17-inch steel wheels; 17- or 18-inch aluminum rims optional
Dual exhaust tips (V-6 models)
Optional fog lights
Optional heated side mirrors
Optional rear spoiler
Interior Much of the Avenger's hard plastic interior trim was eliminated with the 2011 revisions, which included a reskinned dashboard and nicer touch points on the doors. That said, some rudimentary elements remain, like cheap airplane-style map lights and a wobbly turn-signal stalk. Interior features include:
Standard cloth seats; leather upholstery optional
Standard manual air conditioning; automatic air conditioning optional
Standard cruise control
Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
Standard keyless entry
Standard 60/40-split folding backseat
Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack
Optional touch-screen stereo with music hard drive
Optional navigation system
Optional Uconnect hands-free phone connectivity
Under the Hood A 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, and it works with either a four- or six-speed automatic transmission, depending on the trim level. The optional 283-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 pairs with a six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:
Both engines use regular gas
R/T models have a sport suspension
Safety Standard safety features include:
All-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Side curtain airbags
Active front head restraints
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