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2009 Dodge Avenger

2009 Dodge Avenger

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$2,273 — $9,909 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
21-25 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Distinctive styling
  • Price
  • Some innovative options

The Bad

  • Plain interior
  • Not as luxurious as Camry or Passat
  • ABS not standard on base model

What to Know

about the 2009 Dodge Avenger
  • Related to Chrysler Sebring
  • Available E85 V-6

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2009 Dodge Avenger Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Dodge Avenger shores up Chrysler’s midsize sedan lineup. The Avenger succeeds the Stratus and plays a sportier second fiddle to Chrysler’s Sebring sedan. Trim levels include the SE, the midlevel SXT and the sporty R/T. The midsize sedan market is populated with dozens of able competitors; comparable Avenger sedans include the Kia Optima and Ford Fusion.

New for 2009
The 2009 Avenger has a reengineered acoustic dampening system that’s designed to reduce cabin noise levels. All-wheel drive is no longer available.

Exterior
The Avenger sports a racer-boy look, complementing the Sebring’s styling. The rear end looks much like the one on the full-size Charger, and the side profile draws elements from the compact Caliber. Up front, the Avenger SE includes a black grille, while the SXT and R/T have a chrome crosshair grille.

At 190.9 inches long and 71.8 inches wide, the Avenger is about the same size as the Fusion and both longer and slightly wider than the Optima.

  • Body-colored handles, grille, and front and rear body parts
  • Optional body-colored side mirrors and chrome grille
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • 16-inch steel wheels with full covers (SE), 17-inch aluminum wheels (SXT) and 18-inch chrome-clad wheels (R/T)

Interior
Inside, the cabin trades the Sebring’s metallic textures for varied shades of plastic. A 60/40-split folding rear seat accommodates longer items from the trunk. For even more-oversized cargo, a fold-flat passenger sea...

Vehicle Overview
The Dodge Avenger shores up Chrysler’s midsize sedan lineup. The Avenger succeeds the Stratus and plays a sportier second fiddle to Chrysler’s Sebring sedan. Trim levels include the SE, the midlevel SXT and the sporty R/T. The midsize sedan market is populated with dozens of able competitors; comparable Avenger sedans include the Kia Optima and Ford Fusion.

New for 2009
The 2009 Avenger has a reengineered acoustic dampening system that’s designed to reduce cabin noise levels. All-wheel drive is no longer available.

Exterior
The Avenger sports a racer-boy look, complementing the Sebring’s styling. The rear end looks much like the one on the full-size Charger, and the side profile draws elements from the compact Caliber. Up front, the Avenger SE includes a black grille, while the SXT and R/T have a chrome crosshair grille.

At 190.9 inches long and 71.8 inches wide, the Avenger is about the same size as the Fusion and both longer and slightly wider than the Optima.

  • Body-colored handles, grille, and front and rear body parts
  • Optional body-colored side mirrors and chrome grille
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • 16-inch steel wheels with full covers (SE), 17-inch aluminum wheels (SXT) and 18-inch chrome-clad wheels (R/T)

Interior
Inside, the cabin trades the Sebring’s metallic textures for varied shades of plastic. A 60/40-split folding rear seat accommodates longer items from the trunk. For even more-oversized cargo, a fold-flat passenger seat is standard (SXT, R/T). With 100 cubic feet of cabin volume, the Avenger slightly trails the Optima (104) and is about even with the Fusion (100).

The 2009 Avenger gets a dark gray interior option, replacing the light gray interior.

  • Standard cabin air-filtration system
  • Standard power windows, locks and mirrors
  • Standard floormats and trunk mat
  • Standard in-dash 12-ounce can cooler
  • Available stain-resistant seat fabric
  • Heated seats and heated/cooled cupholders

Under the Hood
The Avenger is available with three different engines: a four-cylinder, a V-6 and an E85-capable V-6. All-wheel drive is no longer available.

  • 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 166 pounds-feet of torque (SE, SXT)
  • Flex-fuel 186-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 with 191 pounds-feet of torque (optional in SXT)
  • 235-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 232 pounds-feet of torque (R/T)
  • Four (SE, SXT) and six-speed automatic transmissions (R/T)

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard front-seat-mounted side airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Accident Response System that turns on interior lights, unlocks doors and cuts fuel to the engine after airbags deploy
  • Electronic stability and traction control (optional on SXT & standard on R/T)
  • Antilock braking system (standard on SXT and R/T)

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
23 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

Bad electrical problem

by Sammy Godwin Jr from Ellisville Mississippi on October 15, 2020

The battery connection get lose an burn up voltage regulator which couses low voltage an effects the transmission an battery an airbags I will not recommend any Dodge product to my family and friends Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable and economical car to drive

by Alan from Minneapolis mn on August 17, 2020

Been very dependable. Have replaced brakes and tires recently. Have had the engine reviewed and replaced belts, power steering pump and thermostats. Nice that back seats fold down for transporting ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Dodge Avenger currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Avenger received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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