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2012 Dodge Avenger FL

2012 Dodge Avenger FL

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For 2012, the Avenger model line-up has been revised, replacing super-hero sounding names with five simple alpha-numeric designations, and making prices even more attractive.  Its 2.4-liter, 173-horsepower four-cylinder base engine is strong and smooth, with acceleration performance that's better than adequate.  Avenger SXT models come with more equipment and the 6-speed automatic with the four-cylinder.  New for 2012, Avenger SE V6 upgrades with a 283-hp, 3.6-liter V6 and a 6-speed automatic. It's  less than other mid-size V6s, yet it's the most powerful V6 in its class.  Avenger R/T comes with the V6, a sports suspension and racy stripes and interior treatment.  The Avenger2012 Dodge Avenger For Sale FL chassis is shared with the Chrysler Sebring, which was designed to be a convertible as well as a sedan, so the chassis is stiff and strong. You'll feel the tightness in both the cabin and handling. Dodge aced the suspension, and both ride quality and cornering response are excellent, benefits of that rigid chassis. The fine balance of comfort and handling contribute significantly to Avenger's appeal.  This mid-size has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award. Avenger comes standard with six airbags, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.

2012 Dodge Avenger Power


The value built into the Dodge Avenger jumps out in the driving, because the car is more enjoyable to drive than some of the more expensive mid-size sedans. Both the base four-cylinder engine and the upgrade V6 are strong, with good fuel economy ratings. Handling is light and responsive around town. The ride is smooth, even over bad pavement, and the Avenger is generally quiet.  Noise and vibration are well isolated from the cabin, and the harder you run it, the smoother the four-cylinder gets. It pushes the Avenger briskly, more than fast enough to keep up. The Avenger's ride-handling balance is great.  A car's ride-handling balance has a big impact on making it a pleasant car to drive. Dodge retuned or redesigned virtually every part of the suspension for 2011, and they aced it. There's very little body roll or undulation, better isolation of road shock, better steering precision and increased grip, thanks to wider tires. 


Inside the '12 Dodge Avenger

The doors are well designed, with comfortable armrests, a good grab handle, door pockets, and small levers that make opening easy. The best part of the interior might be the expensive feel of the perforated leather on the steering wheel, standard on all but the base SE.  The instrument package is a nicely lit cluster of three gauges, with the largest in the center and one on either inside. All models have a tach, and a fuel/temperature package on the left, with a digital display on the bottom that allows the driver to scroll various options.  The Avenger has thumb-wheel controls for cruise and audio on the steering-wheel spokes. The lights, wipers etc. on the column stalks are easy to find and 2012 Dodge Avenger For Saleoperate, but the stalks themselves feel a bit more shaky or wobbly than those in some competitors. There are three big, solid, perfectly placed knobs for climate control at the bottom of the center stack. They're as good as any car gets.   Safety features on all models include multi-stage front air bags, front passenger side-impact airbags, full cabin head-protection curtains, electronic stability control (ESC), four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), active front head restraints and tire-pressure warning. The Avenger is rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Design of the '12 Avenger

The Avenger R/T, new for 2012, is most likely to stand out from the pack. It's easy to spot for its monochrome paint scheme, black headlight background and go-fast slash stripes on the front fenders. Yet the distinctions are mostly in-your-face graphics, rather than an inherently racy shape or look. The body-colored crosshair on the R/T grille helps some, and the black egg-crate in the grille and below the bumper is an improvement.

Avenger Trim Levels

The front-drive Dodge Avenger sedan is available with four- and six-cylinder engines and two different automatic transmissions. Trim levels have been renamed for 2012, and there are five available.

Avenger SE is powered by a 2.4-liter, 173-horsepower I4, matched to a 4-speed automatic. Avenger SE comes standard with manual air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and remote locks, four-speaker audio with CD, cruise control, rear-window defroster and 17-inch steel wheels with plastic covers. SE options: SiriusXM satellite radio with one year subscription, Dodge's Uconnect voice command system with Bluetooth connectivity, and an engine-block heater.

Avenger SE V6 is equipped identically, except that it comes with a 3.6-liter, 283-hp V6 and a 6-speed automatic.

Avenger SXT comes with the four-cylinder, but upgrades to a 6-speed automatic. SXT also upgrades to eight-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, six-speaker audio with SiriusXM, automatic temperature control, body-color heated exterior mirrors and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Avenger SXT Plus comes standard with the V6, premium cloth seats with red stitching, a 6.5-inch touch-screen media center, fog lamps, rear deck lid spoiler and 18-inch aluminum wheels. SXT options include a cold weather packag with heated seats and remote start, a power sunroof and a Sun/Sound Package that adds the sunroof, GPS navigation and 276-watt Boston Acoustics audio.

Avenger R/T is the sport model, with the V6, firmer suspension, leather-bolstered sport seats and unique graphics inside and out. It comes2012 Dodge Avenger For Sale FL standard with the cold weather package and Boston Acoustics audio. Options are limited to the sunroof and navigation.

Conclusions

Recent improvements make the Dodge Avenger a contender, delivering more bang for the buck than most competitors. Its interior still isn't the richest or most sophisticated in this class, but it's roomy, quiet, straightforward and effective, like the car in general. The ride/handling balance is excellent. With a choice of engines, a range of models and good mileage ratings, the Avenger mates value and features with prices that are hard to beat.  To learn more about the 2012 Dodge Avenger, click here.

Some of the information in this review was obtained through newcartestdrive.com