Dodge Avenger Review
The 2014 Dodge Avenger ranks 21 out of 21 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Dodge Avenger, as well as reliability and safety data.
Despite its low price and powerful V6 engine option, the 2014 Dodge Avenger is outshined by rivals offering better fuel economy, roomier cabins, classier interior styling and more available features.
Reviewers note that the Avenger’s base four-cylinder engine has sufficient power for daily driving, but they’re more enthusiastic about the optional V6, which has one of the highest horsepower ratings in the class. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional, and some test drivers say the Avenger’s six-speed transmission can be slow to downshift. The base Avenger gets an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is among the worst fuel economy ratings in the class. With a V6 engine, the Avenger gets 19/29 mpg, which is also less than the fuel economy of many V6-powered affordable midsize cars. Auto writers agree that the Avenger doesn’t have the sharp handling offered by many of its rivals, though it’s generally composed around curves. Steering is responsive but numb, they report.
Test drivers say that while the Avenger’s interior is classier than it was a few years back, the continued use of plain plastic materials makes the cabin feel cheap, especially when compared with rivals, whose cabins are more up to date. Some say the front seats are acceptable, while others find that they’re uncomfortable and lack support. Critics agree that the cabin is cramped, especially in the back seat, and that other midsize sedans offer more room to spread out. Space is at a premium in the trunk, too, which is small for the class. Standard features include a four-speaker CD audio system, an auxiliary audio jack and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Options include satellite radio, a sunroof, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, navigation, a USB port, a six-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system and a Uconnect voice command infotainment system with a touch screen and a DVD player. Test drivers say that the infotainment system is easy to use, thanks to its large touch screen, but some point out that the Avenger lacks features available on rival cars, such as a rearview camera.
- "Interior quality is quite respectable, ride and handling are refined and the available 3.6-liter V6 delivers satisfying power at a very reasonable price. The bad news? Its fundamental design and shape have remained more or less unchanged, while most of its competition has been redesigned. Thus, for 2014, it remains far from the head of the class in any measure except for value and the power of its available V6 engine.” -- AutoTrader
- "For those seeking a value-priced midsize sedan with a sprinkling of performance, the Dodge Avenger is a good choice due too sporty looks, an affordable pricetag and a punchy V6 with class-leading power. However, a thirsty four-cylinder engine, small interior and aging platform mean that most other buyers would be well-served to consider one of the Avenger's more modern rivals." -- Left Lane News
- "The Avenger can tote up to five people and some stuff for a low price. If you are not one to nitpick over interior finishes or seating comfort and you look at driving as a mundane daily task rather than an adventure in engineering -- you might like the Avenger. However, if any part of you is a stickler for quality and comfort, you could save some time by test driving the competition first." -- AutoWeek (2013)
- "In short, the 2013 Dodge Avenger is agreeable enough, but it's hard to give it a solid thumbs-up in a segment with so many other excellent choices." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "If you want looks that are more modern than muscle, snazzier standard equipment or stellar fuel economy, there are newer and more feature-rich sedans from which to choose. Poor resale values further dampen the Avenger's appeal." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers say the Honda Accord has a comfortable, upscale cabin and a smooth CVT. Like the Avenger, it offers a powerful V6 engine, but it gets much better fuel economy.
The Kia Optima receives praise from test drivers for its strong acceleration and athletic handling. Reviewers like the power of the optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine, saying it has enough muscle to rival a V6 while offering the fuel economy of a four-cylinder.
Details: 2014 Dodge Avenger
The 2014 Dodge Avenger has front-wheel drive and is available in three trim levels: SE, SXT and R/T. The base trim has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, while a 3.6-liter, V6 engine is standard on the R/T and optional on all other trims. Both four- and six-speed automatic transmissions are available. The five-seat Avenger was introduced for the 2008 model year and refreshed for 2011. Since it hasn’t changed much since its introduction, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 through 2014 model years.
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