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in 2009 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,629 - $10,672
Original MSRP: $20,515 - $25,415
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2009 Dodge Avenger Interior

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The 2009 Dodge Avenger's interior receives poor reviews for its fit and finish and cheap interior materials.

  • "The SE stripper model is clearly a bone thrown at National Car Rental, and as far as we're concerned, that's where it should stay -- it's about as basic as transportation gets in the mid-size segment." -- Car and Driver
  • "The mediocre quality of the materials is immediately apparent, but white-faced gauges, chrome trim and, in R/T models, a two-tone, leather-wrapped steering wheel, give the interior some personality." -- Edmunds

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Seating

The Avenger's cabin offers more overall space than some competitors, particularly in the rear. We found few comments on the comfort of the seat.

  • "The Avenger's cabin is spacious enough for two six-foot, two-inch occupants to sit one behind the other in comfort." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The front bucket seats are widely adjustable, comfortable, and generally supportive, although the thigh support is lacking for tall drivers. A standard feature on all models is a tilting, telescoping steering wheel, not usually found in this price class, but welcome and useful." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "On the upside, the rear seat offers legroom galore." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The 2009 Dodge Avenger offers many interior options, including a hard-drive-based stereo and rear-seat entertainment system. It also includes a lot of standard features for its price. But reviewers consistently complain about cheap, hard plastics, wide panel gaps and evident poor fit-and-finish. One bright spot is the available YES Essentials waterproof fabric.

  • "Even the base SE is fairly well-equipped." -- MSN
  • "The mediocre quality of the materials is immediately apparent." -- Edmunds
  • "Compared to the best interiors in the segment -- more and more of which are beginning to mimic the look and feel of a premium sedan's -- the Avenger's passenger cabin sends out more of an entry-level vibe." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

At 13 cubic feet, the trunk of the 2009 Avenger is smaller than almost all of its peers in the midsize car class. The Avenger does feature 60/40 split rear seats that fold nearly flat to expand cargo space. Interior storage is adequate, and features a unique Chill Zone that cools beverage bottles.

  • "Trunk space is shy of both the Honda Accord's and the Pontiac G6's, and a whopping five cubic feet smaller than the Nissan Altima's." -- Car and Driver
  • "Short decklid and somewhat high liftover limit the utility of a small but usefully shaped trunk. ... Note that the trunk has a cheap-looking low-grade fabric liner that disappoints in appearance and feel." -- Consumer Guide

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