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2012 Dodge Avenger RT

2012 Dodge Avenger Review

(0 Stars)  In need of further improvement.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The Dodge Avenger made its first appearance in the mid-size-sedan category back in December 2008, but it never caught on. This was probably due to the fact that the Avenger was little more than average in looks, dynamics, and build quality. Dodge delivered a much-needed refresh last year, but the mild exterior face-lift, sleeker bumpers, and new grille weren’t able to save the Avenger from its dated look. The 2012 Avenger comes with a standard 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a standard four-speed automatic, although a six-speed auto is optional. Buyers can shell out a little more cash to get the more powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 puts out 283 hp and returns a very respectable 29 mpg on the highway. Where the Avenger has seen the greatest improvement is in its interior. Good materials and stylish trim enhance the car’s feel, but the cabin’s key features are supportive seats and a thick-rimmed steering wheel. The Avenger’s biggest obstacle is the wealth of competition in the mid-size-sedan segment. It’s clear that Chrysler is moving in the right direction by giving the Avenger so much attention, but this car is going to need further improvement before it can compete with the likes of the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.

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2012 Avenger R/T Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L V 6 DOHC with variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder
E85 / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 14 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 270 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
16.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 283 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 260 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm
Secondary fuel economy:

'12 Dodge RT Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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DVD Entertainment
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Voice Activated Controls
  Trucks and Towing  
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Engine Oil Cooler
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