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in 2011 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,557 - $14,098
Original MSRP: $19,245 - $23,745
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2011 Dodge Avenger Interior

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Reviewers are impressed with the changes in the 2011 Avenger’s interior. They like the material quality and design inside the 2011 Avenger. However, they’re divided on the Avenger’s seats. Some say they’re supportive and comfortable, while others say the seats are small and uncomfortable. Reviewers also dislike the Avenger’s trunk, which is small for a midsize sedan.

  • "More important, the all-new interior goes from strip-mall tacky to attractively contemporary, in terms of design and fit and finish." -- Car and Driver
  • "One of our biggest complaints about the Avenger in its former life has been the second-rate execution of its interior, a by-product of cheap materials and poor build quality. The 2011 Avenger has made great strides forward in this regard thanks to an upgraded cabin, and now this Dodge is at least competitive with other midsize sedans. The overall look is still pretty generic, but thankfully the Avenger's interior doesn't immediately scream ‘rental car!’ like it used to." -- Edmunds
  • "If Dodge can get buyers inside of the Avenger, they might change their minds. An all-new interior awaits, replacing the positively Little Tykes outgoing crapbox, if we may be so crude to call it such." -- Left Lane News

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Seating

Reviewers give the Avenger’s seats mixed reviews. Some think the seats are comfortable and supportive, while others say they’re the exact opposite. Some test drivers say the front-seat head- and legroom is class-competitive, while others say it’s cramped and space is tight. While auto writers find the back-seat legroom tolerable, they say adults who sit back there frequently won’t like the lack of leg space.

Heated seats are standard on the Avenger LUX and optional on Mainstreet and Heat trims. Leather-trimmed seats are standard on the LUX models, and two-tone leather-trimmed seats are optional.

  • "Those chairs are more padded and comfortable than before, although they lack the finely-sculpted feel found in rivals like the Mazda Mazda6 and Ford Fusion." -- Left Lane News
  • "Most surprising was how comfy the seats and the driving position were." -- AutoWeek
  • "The Avenger's front bucket seats are unusually small and unsupportive, and that compromises comfort. The snug cabin also means less room for backseat passengers to spread out; it's workable for adults, but there's not much room to spare." -- Cars.com
  • "The actual dimensions of the passenger cabin haven't changed and it gets good marks for comfort, with supportive seats and decent head- and legroom. That said, buyers who plan on filling the backseat with full-size adults on a regular basis may want to look at some of the Avenger's competitors, which offer roomier backseats." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The refreshed 2011 Dodge Avenger’s interior tries to fix the numerous quality complaints about the 2010 model. Reviewers noted the 2010 Avenger’s cheap, hard plastic surfaces and poor fit-and-finish. For 2011, Dodge attempts to remedy these negatives with a new instrument panel, higher-quality materials and new interior color options. Most test drivers say Dodge has succeeded, while one reviewer points out that Dodge neglected to fix some items, like the map lights and gear selector, which he says still feel cheap.

The upgraded interior materials receive mostly positive reviews, but test drivers dislike the Avenger’s optional touch screen. They say its bad resolution and dated graphics make it difficult to use.

Optional features include a sunroof, navigation, Bluetooth and SIRIUS satellite radio. Adding these features will add about $1,500 to the price of the Avenger.

Most other affordable midsize cars offer similar standard and optional features.

  • "The gauges were straightforward, and every control was in a comfortable place. But I have to say that Dodge has one of the worst touch-screen interfaces I've seen. Not only do the graphics look like they are from 1993, but it is not user-friendly when it comes to the composition of controls on the display." -- AutoWeek
  • "This year, the Avenger received an interior makeover that remedies virtually all of the ills from which the previous model suffered. A more contoured dash, a new steering wheel, reshaped vents and the generous use of soft-touch materials contribute to a markedly improved impression that's far removed from the previous car's econobox ambience." -- Edmunds
  • "The dashboard and door panels have been skinned in nice materials, and the instrument cluster has a new design, but you don't have to look too closely to notice things that weren't addressed - things like cheapo adjustable map lights, wobbly steering-column stalks and a gear selector that moves sloppily through its gates." -- Cars.com

Cargo

Reviewers feel the Avenger’s trunk is undersized compared to other affordable midsize cars. Its 13.5-cubic-foot trunk is smaller than competitors like the Toyota Camry, which has 15 cubic feet of trunk space, and the 15.1 cubic feet of space in the Chevrolet Malibu. The Avenger does feature 60/40 split rear seats that fold nearly flat to expand cargo space.

  • "The 13.4-cubic-foot trunk is a little on the small side compared to other midsize sedans." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space also suffers; at 13.5 cubic feet, the Avenger's cargo area is small for its class." -- Cars.com

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