The 2012 Dodge Avenger is the epitome of a ferocious beast trapped in a mid-size sedan’s body. While it may be classified as such, this year’s Avenger can hardly be considered something as mild as a “mid-size sedan.” Dodge has revamped the Avenger to provide intense and awe-inspiring looks, incredible affordability and supreme functionality. Best of all, this monster starts at just $18,995 with 0% APR for 6 years! If that doesn’t impress you, the bold, confident appearance and surprisingly powerful underbelly surely will. The Avenger is available in 5 models this year, including the SE, SE V6, SXT, SXT Plus and R/T, which tops out at an MSRP of just $25,995.
The front grille of the 2012 Avenger sports the flashy and functional honeycomb design. This allows for increased ventilation under the hood, as well as an eye-catching appeal. LED taillights provide added safety as well as appearance. While many manufacturers seem to sacrifice appearance for safety, or vice versa, Dodge has not done so with the Avenger. The bold exterior lines give this “mid-size sedan” a very masculine and powerful appearance.
Inside the cabin consumers will be generously provided steering-wheel-mounted controls for cruise control and CD/MP3/AM/FM settings. Ambient lighting has been provided. The interior ambient lighting not only provides a flashy appearance on the inside, but serves to better illuminate various controls and settings in the cabin. The front windows and windshield have been constructed out of sound-dampening glass. In essence, this revolutionary glass keeps most exterior noise outside the car. No more loud roar of driving down I-5. Now you can enjoy the drive in relative peace and quite; that is, unless you want to crank up the Sirius sounds system, where you can enjoy free XM satellite radio or talk to callers through Bluetooth connectivity. Consumers can also receive turn-by-turn navigation from the Garmin GPS navigation system. Perhaps most amazing is the WiFi availability that has been included. As long as a device is within 150 feet of the vehicle, consumers can enjoy WiFi Internet on the go. Say goodbye to boring road trips.
The base model has an Inline 4, 2.4-liter engine equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission and a meager 173 ponies. While it’s not going to win you any races, the 31 MPG highway should be enough to compensate. The other models feature a 3.2-liter V6 with 283 horses under the hood and an impressive 29 MPG highway. This was enough to earn the Avenger SXT one of Ward’s 10 Best for 2012.
As we stated earlier, Dodge has not sacrificed any safety in the 2012 Avenger. Equipped with active front head restraints, the Avenger minimizes whiplash and other spinal and cranial injuries during the unfortunate event of a collision. 6 multi-stage airbags will pack occupants in the vehicle like sardines; something very desirable when entering a collision at 70 MPH. As with almost all new models, the Avenger is equipped with Electronic Stability Control, from StabiliTrak. Crumple zones direct the force of an impact to the body of the vehicle, rather than the bodies of the occupants. All in all, this year’s Avenger is hard to beat; and at a starting price under $20k, there should be no reason you don’t at least check it out for a test drive.