• (4.3) 35 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,997–$14,905
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-24
  • Engine: 283-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed multi-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2014 Dodge Avenger

Our Take on the Latest Model 2014 Dodge Avenger

What We Don't Like

  • Torque steer when accelerating hard (V-6)
  • Lazy six-speed automatic transmission
  • Gas mileage trails competition
  • Crude-feeling cabin controls
  • Hard, flat front-seat backrests

Notable Features

  • Five-seat midsize sedan
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Performance-oriented R/T model available
  • 60/40-split folding backseat standard
  • Navigation system available

2014 Dodge Avenger Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Despite significant improvement over the years, the 2014 Dodge Avenger midsize sedan remains an imperfect car that hasn't been able to catch the competition.

Many automakers add features and refine their cars to give them an edge in the market, but Dodge has had to update the Avenger just to keep pace in the fast-changing family sedan segment. For 2011, the car got a new interior and V-6 engine, as well as a retuned suspension. The only significant changes for 2014 — the Avenger's final model year — are that the Blacktop and Rallye appearance packages are now offered on more trim levels. To see the 2013 and 2014 Avenger compared, click here.

See how it stacks up against the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord here.

The 2014 Avenger's base price is $21,590, including a $995 destination charge. We tested a midlevel SXT trim that included options like the Blacktop Package, a 3.6-liter V-6 engine and the Uconnect navigation system, which brought the as-tested price to $26,480 (see the window sticker here).

How It Drives
The best thing about the V-6 Avenger is its smooth off-the-line power. The sedan accelerates easily up to highway speeds; it doesn't feel like the 283-horsepower engine is working that hard. The V-6 loses some of its appeal, though, once you've reached highway speeds, where acceleration is more modest and accompanied by torque steer that tugs the car to the right.

A lazy six-speed automatic transmission that hesitates to kick down when you need more power contributes to the disappointing highway acceleration. When you floor the gas pedal, there's a brief delay before the transmission downshifts — and then it takes its time getting to the lower gear. Downshifts are smooth, but the lack of urgency is a problem; when you floor it, you want to go right now.

The EPA rates the Avenger's V-6 drivetrain at 19/29/22 mpg city/highway/combined. That's lower than the Accord V-6 (21/32/25 mpg) and the most powerful versions of the Malibu and Fusion, which are powered by turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinders and get 21/30/24 mpg and 22/33/26 mpg, respectively.

The base four-cylinder Avenger gets 21/30/24 mpg with a four-speed automatic and 20/31/24 mpg with an optional six-speed automatic. Both estimates are well below the most efficient versions of the Malibu (25/36/29 mpg), Fusion (25/37/29 mpg) and Accord (27/36/30 mpg).

Most midsize family sedans ride firmly. The Avenger does, too, but its suspension is refined and free of any harsh reactions on rutted pavement. It feels premium. The ride can get busy at times, but it isn't annoying, and cornering composure is admirable.

Interior
The Avenger's cabin degrades the overall experience. The restyled interior that arrived with 2011 models created a more attractive space, but it didn't address the cabin's general sense of creakiness and the front seating area's confining feel.

Many of the controls you regularly come in contact with feel particularly crude. The console gear selector is rickety when moving from Park to Drive. The adjustable map lights — a great idea in theory — feel cheap and flimsy. Our test car had only 754 miles on the odometer, and already the driver's seat was creaking. The seat's hard, flat backrest wasn't comfortable, either. Family sedans, like the Mazda6 and Fusion, increasingly exude a premium feel that's just not present in the Avenger.

There's good legroom for taller adults in the backseat, but with a low roofline, tapered side windows and our test car's all-black interior, I felt claustrophobic.

Ergonomics & Electronics
Dodge deserves credit for keeping the Avenger's controls simple. The air conditioning system's three-knob layout isn't as modern as the touch-sensitive pads in the Ford Fusion Hybrid, but it's easier to adjust cabin temperature without having to take your eyes off the road. The controls are a little low on the dashboard, but they work well and don't require a lot of attention.

Our test car had the optional 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation system. It's marketed under the same Uconnect name as the larger, 8.4-inch touch-screen that's optional in the Dodge Charger full-size sedan and other Chrysler models, but the Avenger's system has a different interface as well as physical buttons bordering the touch-screen.

The touch-screen menus are intuitive and the system responds quickly to selections. We're in an era of larger and larger dashboard screens, however, and the Avenger's looks small in comparison. The graphics — especially when using the Garmin-based navigation function — aren't the sharpest, either.

Cargo & Storage
The Avenger is roughly the same size as the Malibu, Fusion and Accord, but its 13.5-cubic-foot trunk is more than 2 cubic feet smaller than those competitors' trunks. It looks small, too — especially its height. A 60/40-split folding backseat is standard. There's a ledge that's a few inches tall where the cargo floor and folded backrest meet.

Cabin storage areas include a console bin with upper and lower compartments, an open area in front of the gear selector, and door pockets. All are average in size. The Avenger doesn't have any of the nifty storage amenities we've seen in other Dodge models, like the Journey crossover with its storage bin under the front passenger-seat cushion and second-row in-floor storage bins.

Safety
The Avenger received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 2014 Top Safety Pick designation and four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its crash performance.

The Avenger comes standard with basic safety features, but it doesn't offer increasingly common advanced safety features like forward-collision warning, lane departure warning or even a backup camera.

For a full list of safety features, see the Features & Specs page. To see how the Avenger accommodates child-safety seats, view our Car Seat Check, where the Avenger scored 2.6 out of 4.

Value in Its Class
With about a dozen midsize family sedans available today, new-car shoppers have a lot of choices. The Avenger is a better car now than when it launched as a 2008 model, but it fails to distinguish itself from competitors in a number of important areas, including fuel efficiency and interior quality.

The Avenger's main advantage is a sticker price that's lower than nearly all its competition, along with cash-back incentives as high as $3,500 in some parts of the country. The Avenger isn't the best car in its class, but it's one of the most affordable.

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4.3

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Not a smooth ride - but reliable

by Jeff from Valparaiso, IN on October 25, 2017

We owned a 2013 mazda before this car, both were about the same size car. This car has a noticeably different ride. It runs a little louder and doesn't seem as smooth as our previous car. It has been... Read Full Review

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2014 Dodge Avenger Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Dodge Avenger R/T

Front
A
Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Dodge Avenger R/T

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Overall evaluation
A
Retraints and dummy kinematics
M
Structure and safety cage
A

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Dodge Avenger R/T

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Dodge Avenger R/T

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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36mo/36,000mi

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60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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