The Avenger name first appeared in 1995 as a sport coupe replacement to the Dodge Daytona. Based on the same structure as the Stratus sedan, the Dodge Avenger two-door coupe was also distinguishable by its front end. For 1998, the Avenger came with a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 163 horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 powerplant.
For 2001, Dodges mid-sized, two-door coupe was rebranded as a Stratus resulting in dormancy for the Avenger nameplate for seven years. In 2008, Dodge dropped the Stratus and resurrected the Avenger name for their redesigned mid-sized sedan. Styled similarly to the Dodge Charger, the 2008 Avenger sedan came in SE, SXT and R/T models.
SE and SXT models of the Dodge Avenger were offered with a choice of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 2.7-liter V-6 powerplant. On the performance-tailored 2008 Avenger R/T model, a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 235 horsepower paired with a six-speed automatic transmission featuring AutoStick was standard. The six-cylinder engine powering the 2008 Dodge Avenger R/T also provided buyers with the option of all-wheel drive.
The all-wheel drive option was discontinued after the 2009 model year. Unique exterior components and 18-inch wheels provide further identification of the R/T model. All models of the Dodge Avenger included cruise control, keyless entry, CD player and air conditioning. Options available on the Dodge Avenger included automatic temperature control, leather seating and a Chill Zone cooled glove box.
In 2011, a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine was introduced to the Avenger through the Heat trim level. Since its introduction to the marketplace, the Dodge Avenger enjoyed a successful stint in the NHRA Pro Stock category. The Avenger name was also aligned with Dodges NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car program in 2007 during the rollout for the so-called Car of Tomorrow race vehicle specifications.