Largely unchanged for 2013 (except for the removal of the SXT plus trim level), the 2012 Dodge Avenger is a mid-size sedan that 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 (ESC), and traction control (TCS). The Avenger is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2013 Dodge has left the Avenger mostly unaltered. The SXT plus model has been cut, however the standard SXT remains, even managing to pick up some extra features--it now comes standard with fully automatic headlights and fog lamps.
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 and sporty styling, borrowed from the Dodge Charger, and fuel economy, for which it is rated up to 30 mpg on the highway. The Avenger's interior features nice 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.