The Dodge Avenger replaced the long-running Stratus for 2008 as the brand’s midsize sedan, competing in the fierce segment with the likes of the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry.
Introduced in 2007 for the 2008 model year, the Dodge Avenger was closely related to the Chrysler Sebring, but used styling more reminiscent of the rear-wheel drive Dodge Charger. The Avenger, however, was a front-wheel drive sedan available in SE, SXT and R/T models.
The Avenger SE and SXT are powered by a base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 173 horsepower. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a 2.7-liter V6 with 189 horsepower was an option on the Avenger SXT. A 3.5-liter V6 with 235 horsepower was saved for the sporty Avenger R/T model, which also comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and offers all-wheel drive as an option.
Common standard features include power amenities and air conditioning. Uplevel models added aluminum wheels and leather upholstery, as well as options like navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, a cooled glovebox and heated and cooled cup holders.
All-wheel drive was quietly dropped for the 2009 model, but anti-lock brakes, fog lights and other small features were added to SXT and R/T models. All models also received more sound-deadening and revisions to make the interior quieter and more refined.
For 2010, the Avenger was basically unchanged, aside from the discontinuation of the 2.7-liter V6 on all but fleet models. The four-cylinder also become the standard engine on R/T models, and the SE trim was dropped and a new Express trim was added.
The Avenger got a substantial set of revisions for 2011. A new 3.6-liter V6 with 283 horsepower and a six-speed automatic became available, and styling was revised front and rear. Inside, the interior was vastly refined. Side air bags and active head restraints became standard. New trim levels included Express, Mainstreet, Heat and Lux models.
For 2012, the lone change to the Avenger was the trim levels that reverted to the former SE, SXT, SXT Plus and R/T. In 2013, the Avenger SE became available with the V6 engine.
The Avenger was basically unchanged for the 2014 model year, when it was discontinued in favor of the revised Chrysler 200 and the similarly sized Dodge Dart.
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