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in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,557 - $16,152
Original MSRP: $18,995 - $25,995
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2012 Dodge Avenger Interior

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Reviewers are impressed with the use of high-quality interior materials in the 2012 Dodge 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 the class.

  • "The cabin, while boasting a modern design with quality materials, is cramped for space, and rear visibility continues to be poor." -- Consumer Guide
  • "… extensive sound-deadening work pays off with exceptionally quiet highway operation, a major comfort component." -- Car and Driver
  • "Soft touch materials and nicely-stitched surfaces abound, giving the Avenger a premium feel not experienced in too many rivals." -- Left Lane News
  • "Swaddled in soft-touch materials, both the door panels and the instrument panel go a long way to improve the perceived quality of the cabin." -- Autoblog
  • "The overall look is still pretty generic, but thankfully the Avenger's interior doesn't immediately scream ‘rental car!’ like it used to." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Reviewers give the 2012 Dodge 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 front-seat head- and legroom are class-competitive, while others say they're cramped. Although auto writers find the back-seat legroom tolerable, they say adults who sit back there frequently won’t like the lack of leg space.

  • "There's less overall space in the rear than in the majority of Avenger's midsize rivals. Overall room isn't much better than a compact car. The narrow cabin and lack of quarter glass gives the impression of even less space than there actually is." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Most surprising was how comfy the seats and the driving position were." -- AutoWeek
  • "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
  • "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

Interior Features

Most test drivers like the 2012 Dodge Avenger’s interior, but a few point out that some items, like the map lights and gear selector, still feel cheap. Some reviewers dislike the Avenger’s optional navigation system, and one says the gauge cluster is hard to read because the numbers are red.

  • "Much of the Avenger's hard plastic interior trim was eliminated with last year's revisions, which included a reskinned dashboard and nicer touch points on the doors. That said, some rudimentary elements remain, like cheap airplane-style map lights and a wobbly turn-signal stalk." -- Cars.com
  • "The instruments are large and easy to read. The touchscreen audio system that's part of Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system is easy to negotiate, at least when not paired with the optional navigation system." -- Consumer Guide
  • "I liked the interior. It's much better than that of the last Avenger that I drove (which was some time ago), with nicer plastics and better materials all around. The door panels and dashboard look and present well, and the trim and athletic cuts for the vents are much better than before. This black-and-tan color combo works. Upgrade the gauge cluster is my only request; it's too busy with red numbers." -- AutoWeek

Cargo

Some reviewers note that the 2012 Avenger’s trunk is undersized compared with other affordable midsize cars', while one thinks the trunk space is good and is shaped for ease of loading cargo. Its 13.5-cubic-foot trunk is smaller than those of competitors like the Toyota Camry, which has 15.4 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 trunk offers generous capacity for the class and a shape that's convenient for loading bulkier items." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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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