Dodge calls The Avenger America’s most affordable mid-size sedan. That may be a fair statement. It combines reasonable power, smooth drive, and style with affordability. This is really a fairly sporty and well engineered sedan, and it offers punch and automotive soundness for relatively moderate financial outlay.
Let’s begin with the engine. The standard issue Avenger sports a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine that puts out 173 horsepower. That is plenty for most ordinary conditions, whether it is being used as the family car or an individual’s commute or travel vehicle. The transmission is a 4-speed automatic.
There are quite a few variations: The Avenger SXT move up to a 6 speed automatic transmission, and have more optional features added. The next step up is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that churns out 283 horsepower. That is really moving into powerful vehicle territory. The price for this kind of V6 power is made much more affordable by the Avenger, since the car costs much less than other vehicles with similar engine profiles.
The Avenger shares its sturdy chassis with the Chrysler 200. This rigid structural base makes for sharp. snappy driver control and general handling. Add to this a sports suspension, and you have a car that really holds its own among more expensive and/or sporty models.
How does all this play into the mileage? The base model is rated at 21 city and 30 highway miles. The SXT model increases highway mileage to 31 miles, but simultaneously decreases city miles to 20. Thus it would seem to be a mileage change without much overall significance. With The V6 engine the numbers fall to 19/29 mpg. These are respectable mileages in general.
So what’s the affordability factor? According to our local Dodge dealer in South FL, Arrigo Sawgrass, the MSRP on the vehicle is $20,595-$25,795. Needless to say, this compares favorably to many other sedans out there. This car is a genuine marriage of reasonable design and engineering with consumer-oriented affordability.