Dodge is adding a V-6 to its entry-level Avenger. Previously available only on uplevel models, the 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission are now available on the base Avenger SE. It's EPA-rated at 19/29 mpg city/highway.
For 2012, the Avenger comes in five trim levels: SE, SE V-6, SXT, SXT Plus and R/T. The 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine continues to be standard on the entry-level SE and volume SXT models.
Aside from the powertrain, the new SE V-6 adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual exhaust with bright tips and a body-colored rear spoiler to the base SE. It starts at $21,495, excluding destination. Four-cylinder SE models start at $18,995.