The Dodge Avenger is a four-door mid-size sedan known for its reliability, cutting edge safety features and sporty appearance. It mixes performance and comfort with modern technology at an affordable price. Drivers seeking a smooth and quiet ride won't be disappointed. Engineers have wrestled with the design from year to year in an effort to keep the distinctly American look on the outside while pursuing countless creature comforts on the inside.
The base model seats 4 people comfortably and features a standard 2.4-liter World Gas Engine on three mounts. It carries 173 horsepower (hp) with a 1,000-pound towing capacity. The 4-speed automatic earns a respectable 21 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 30 on the highway, with similar stats on its 6-speed automatic. The attention-grabbing power option is the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6, which boasts 283 hp and offers 19 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway.
Its 2008 debut failed to impress critics in nearly every category. The 2009 model improved on noise, fuel efficiency and design. Dodge then made significant changes in security and safety features. The 2010 model gained instant respect on the auto scene. Building momentum and confidence, the 2011 Avenger design was further revamped inside and out from its suspension bushings to the new Dodge crosshair-style grill. It sits lower to the ground on wider tires for better handling and a sportier look. Production plans are in place for 2012.
The Dodge Avenger offers multiple trim packages, ranging from the basic Express to the Mainstreet, Heat, Lux and R/T. It is available in 8 exterior colors and offers several two-tone interior color choices in cloth or leather. Among the most popular features are 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, the Pentastar V6 engine, LED taillights and a heated driver's seat. Other options include voice-activated phone commands, universal connector ports for music and navigation, power gadgets for windows and seating, soft interior lighting, a sunroof and cruise control.
Dodge has earned high honors for safety with the Avenger. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2010 Dodge Avenger its Top Pick award for 2009. The vehicle scored well on the electronic stability control evaluation and passed the crash tests with high marks. The 2011 Dodge Avenger followed suit, earning IIHS recognition among the safest mid-size sedans on the market. The Avenger is touted within the auto industry for its nearly silent ride and impressive fuel efficiency for its size. The vehicle also compares well with other cars in its class on consumer reports and published reviews. The Avenger is built in Chrysler's Sterling Heights, Michigan plant, the shining star of worker safety and assembly efficiency.
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