Overview

Overview

The 2013 Dodge Avenger is a five-passenger midsize sedan that carries over into 2013 virtually unchanged. While the Avenger received a significant refresh in 2011, its last full redesign was in 2008, leaving today's Avenger trailing most competitors in this hotly-contested segment. Where the Avenger stands out is in price and its available V6 engine. That may not be enough to outweigh its shortcomings.

What Experts Think

To say that members of the automotive press who make their living reviewing cars are mostly underwhelmed with the 2013 Dodge Avenger is not to say that the midsize sedan doesn't have some good points.

Car and Driver opines that there are far better choices in the midsize sedan segment, but the 2013 Dodge Avenger does have some things going for it: "lots of sound deadening" keeps it quiet; "well-chosen chassis tweaks give it a deft and lively feel that was missing before" and "steering feel is especially impressive."

"Not as roomy s many of its rivals; smallish trunk; SE's outdated four-speed automatic, some behind-the-times electronics; limited rear visibility." (Edmunds)

Kelley Blue Book says the Dodge Avenger might appeal to those who desire a car "whose looks portray swagger but you can't pony up to a Dodge Charger," but others won't like Avenger's so-so fuel economy and poor resale values.

"The Dodge Avenger is an honest, straightforward sedan at a good price. In certain respects it's less sophisticated than some competitors, but it's powerful, comfortable and reasonably economical to operate." (AOL Autos)

Over at Consumer Guide, editors have some favorable comments as well as a few gripes about the 2013 Dodge Avenger. High on their list of likes is the aggressive pricing on the Avenger - lowest-priced midsize sedan in America, lowest-priced midsize car with leather, and most-affordable V6-powered midsize car. The Avenger's 3.6-liter V6 is another highlight, and editors love the Avenger name. Dislikes include huge blind spots with the large C-pillars, narrow cabin and the fact that Avenger is getting long in the tooth (time for a redesign, since the last major one was back in 2008).

Consumer Reports is blunter: "The Avenger, like the related Chrysler 200, is an outdated and outclassed design that is uncompetitive among family sedans." But, "the ride is compliant and the optional V6 is strong and smooth."

Similarly, Automobile says Chrysler has its work cut out for it. "The Avenger's biggest obstacle is the wealth of competition in the midsize sedan segment... this car is going to need more than a face-lift before it can compete with the likes of the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion, which have upped their games with recent redesigns."

What Owners Say

While there aren't too many owner reviews of the 2013 Dodge Avenger (after all, it is mostly carryover from last year), the ones who have posted comments on various sites are mostly positive.

Sample positive comments include:


  • Sporty and fun to drive

  • Quality is excellent

  • Performance is good

  • Good car for the kids

  • Safe and comfortable

  • Sleek interior

  • Unbeatable price

  • Cruises like my Cadillac and is even smoother of a ride


Negative remarks include "sluggish four-cylinder acceleration," "didn't start three times," "front passenger door tough to close," "after 10,000 miles, gear changes are jerky," "not good for city driving."

Model/Trim Lineup

The 2013 Dodge Avenger five-passenger midsize sedan is available in three trim levels: SE, SXT and R/T.

Standard features in the SE include 17-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack. Optional equipment includes satellite radio, 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, and a V6 package that has a larger engine, six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and dual exhausts.

Moving up to the Avenger SXT means the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded transmission, fog lights, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, heated outside mirrors, an eight-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, trip computer, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Options include upgraded audio systems with Bluetooth, streaming audio and a touchscreen navigation system; sunroof; leather upholstery; heated front seats, and the V6 engine. There's also the Rallye package that adds a rear spoiler, interior and exterior appearance items, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The top-of-the-line Avenger R/T features the V6 engine standard. In addition, the R/T has unique exterior trim, a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded steering, heated front seats with unique cloth/leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and a six-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system and an iPod/USB audio interface.

Performance

Among the automotive reviewers, there's little praise for the standard 173-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine powering the 2013 Dodge Avenger. Most say it has enough power to propel the vehicle, but certainly nothing impressive, especially paired with the four-speed automatic transmission in the SE. The SXT gets a six-speed automatic.

Fuel economy is average for a midsize sedan, with EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway/24 mpg combined with the four-speed, and 20/31/23 mpg with the six-speed.

The Avenger R/T is powered by a more impressive 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. Here the fuel economy is an estimated 19/29/22 mpg.

Sharing its chassis with the Chrysler 200, the 2013 Dodge Avenger boasts a much better suspension. This rigid suspension results in excellent ride quality and cornering response. In fact, say the reviewers, it's this balance of comfort and handling that's a large part of the Avenger's appeal.

Interior

Most auto critics say that the quality of the interior of the Avenger isn't the best in the class, but it isn't the worst, either. They do say the cabin provides a relaxing and comfortable driving experience, with controls that are intuitive and easy to use.

Seating is unilaterally regarded as cramped in the front and the rear, and the trunk size is also smaller than most midsize competitors. The trunk has just 13.4 cubic feet of cargo space, although the car does have a fold-flat front passenger seat and 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks.

Another glaring deficiency is the absence of a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, which aren't even offered as options. Such technology is fairly common in this segment, and the Avenger suffers somewhat for not offering it.

Safety & Reliability

Standard safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, traction control and antilock brakes.

In government crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Dodge Avenger received an overall four-star rating, including four stars in frontal, side and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Avenger its top rating of "Good" in frontal -offset, side-impact, rear crash protection and roof strength test and named it a Top Safety Pick.

As for reliability, the 2013 Dodge Avenger is less than average, receiving a two and one-half Power Circles from the J.D. Power Predicted Reliability rating. That's between "About Average (three circles) and "The Rest (two circles).

 

Trim Style Engine Drive Train MSRP
Sedan - FWD
SE 4dr Sedan SE 4 Cylinder FWD 19795
SXT 4dr Sedan SXT 4 Cylinder FWD 22595
R/T 4dr Sedan R/T V6 FWD 25695

Comparison of 2013 Dodge Avenger with Similar Cars

2013 Dodge Avenger MSRP Invoice
2013 Dodge Avenger $19,795 $19,482
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