A mid-size sedan, the 2012 Dodge Avenger utilizes a FWD front engine layout and offers seating for five. The base Avenger is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 173 hp. Upgrading to the SXT, and R/T trim grants the driver a 3.6-liter V6 engine that yields 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of a standard 4-speed automatic and optional 6-speed automatic. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Features include ambient LED lighting, automatic temperature control, 8-way power seat, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The R/T trim offers upgraded 18-inch wheels, remote start, hands-free phone connectivity, sport tuned suspension, performance tuned steering, and z-striped cloth with leather accents. Safety is comprised of front airbags, side airbags, side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and traction control. The Avenger is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2012, the Dodge Avenger gets a shakeup in trim names, but the equipment hasn't changed much. The mid-level SXT, formerly "Mainstreet" gets a few new colors in addition to its new name. The "Lux" has been replaced by the R/T model, which gets the 3.6L V6 standard, a 6-speed automatic transmission, sport-tuned suspension and dual exhaust.
Freshened sporty styling; safety; powerful V6 engine; long list of high-tech options
For a mid-sized sedan, the Avenger stands out in two ways: aggressive, sporty styling, which is borrowed from the Dodge Charger, and its fuel economy, which can manage as high as 30 mpg on the highway. The Avenger's new, redesigned interior features nicer materials and is quieter than in years past, and its upgraded styling and quality makes it a viable alternative in a crowded small car market. The R/T Avenger appeals to driving enthusiasts, and includes sporty suspension, leather interior and special exterior styling.