2012 Dodge Avenger

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Dodge Avenger. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    173-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Quiet cabin
  • Suspension refinement
  • Brake-pedal feel

The Bad

  • Torque steer when accelerating hard (V-6)
  • Hesitant six-speed transmission
  • Snug cabin
  • Small trunk

Notable Features of the 2012 Dodge Avenger

  • New R/T model for 2012
  • Standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Optional 283-hp V-6
  • Optional navigation system

2012 Dodge Avenger Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Dodge Avenger returns for the 2012 model year with a few modest changes. The five-seat 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 last year. Competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion and Mazda6.

New for 2012
The 2012 model year sees the introduction of the new Avenger R/T. The performance-oriented sedan features a 283-horsepower V-6 engine, a stiffer suspension and unique exterior and interior cues.

The R/T's monochromatic exterior carries a rallye-themed flavor with its tinted headlamps, unique 18-inch aluminum wheels, a rear deck lid spoiler, dual exhaust tips and stripes on the front fenders.

Inside, the R/T features leather-trimmed sport seats and a touch-screen Boston Acoustics stereo with a 28-gigabyte hard drive for music storage. A center-mounted tachometer in the instrument panel bears the R/T badge, and the pedals have an SRT-inspired appearance. A perforated leather steering wheel has red accent stitching, and the interior gains red ambient lighting.

Exterior
The Avenger didn't get as big of an exterior overhaul last year 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-inc...
Vehicle Overview

The Dodge Avenger returns for the 2012 model year with a few modest changes. The five-seat 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 last year. Competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion and Mazda6.

New for 2012
The 2012 model year sees the introduction of the new Avenger R/T. The performance-oriented sedan features a 283-horsepower V-6 engine, a stiffer suspension and unique exterior and interior cues.

The R/T's monochromatic exterior carries a rallye-themed flavor with its tinted headlamps, unique 18-inch aluminum wheels, a rear deck lid spoiler, dual exhaust tips and stripes on the front fenders.

Inside, the R/T features leather-trimmed sport seats and a touch-screen Boston Acoustics stereo with a 28-gigabyte hard drive for music storage. A center-mounted tachometer in the instrument panel bears the R/T badge, and the pedals have an SRT-inspired appearance. A perforated leather steering wheel has red accent stitching, and the interior gains red ambient lighting.

Exterior
The Avenger didn't get as big of an exterior overhaul last year 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)
  • LED taillamps
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional heated side mirrors
  • Optional sunroof
  • Optional rear spoiler

Interior
Much of the Avenger's hard plastic interior trim was eliminated with last year's 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 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-hp, 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:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Both engines can 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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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great ride with speed.

by Grateful Owner from Albany mn on September 12, 2018

The car was something I never thought I would like, but I truly like my car and am very grateful for the dealership, Albany Chrysler. Read full review

(4.0)

a classic design that handles well and has the pow

by joejoe from spfld ma on August 25, 2018

very comfortable ride easily to handle looks good on the road has the power i need to get where i am going the other guys at the factory are always commenting on how great it looks before my girl went ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Dodge Avenger currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Dodge Avenger SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Dodge
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    3 months/3,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    125-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All Program Details

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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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