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2009 Dodge Avenger

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2009 Dodge Avenger Review

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Offering bold, muscle car-like styling combined with a comfortable ride, predictable handling and reasonable fuel economy, the 2009 Dodge Avenger is the Dodge Charger of the mid-size sedan segment. Far from a ham-fisted hunk of steel, the Avenger offers an impressive list of comfort and convenience options, such as a navigation system with real-time traffic information and a heated and cooled cupholder. The Avenger is also one of the few cars in the segment to offer all-wheel drive.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've got a muscle-car mindset but are in the market for the balance offered by a mid-size sedan at an affordable price, the Avenger is the most NASCAR-esque option out there.

You May Not Like This Car If...

From the powertrains to the passenger cabin, the Avenger doesn't deliver the same feeling of refinement as many of its competitors.

What's New for 2009

Dark Slate Gray replaces Light Slate Gray as an interior color, while improvements in interior materials and sound deadening are added to all trims.

Driving the Avenger
Driving Impressions

While the Dodge Avenger rides nicely, handles decently and conveys its occupants from here to there no worse for wear, it does it all with less refinement...

... than the category's best. Acceleration isn't as effortless, upshifts aren't as smooth and highway cruising isn't quite as relaxed. To add perspective, though, the segment leaders with which the Dodge must be compared are widely considered some of the best vehicles on the road. The Avenger is indeed on par with its most like-minded competitor, the Pontiac G6. Unremarkable road manners notwithstanding, when loaded up with uconnect tunes, a rear-seat DVD system and the heated and cooled cupholder, some may find the Avenger one of the most entertaining cars in the category.

uconnect tunes
This optional hard drive-based system includes navigation with real-time traffic information, MP3/WMA music and JPEG image uploading via a high-speed USB port, auxiliary audio input, voice recognition, voice message recording and playback, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity and more.

Rear-Seat Entertainment
The Avenger's available rear-seat DVD video system – a feature uncommon in the segment – includes dual headphones plus audio and gaming capability.

2009 Dodge Avenger Details
2009 Dodge Avenger photo Interior

Compared to the best interiors in the segment – more and more of which are beginning to mimic the look and feel of a premium sedan's – the Avenger's passenger cabin sends out more of an entry-level vibe. On the other hand, its options list is one of the most sophisticated in the segment, with a hard-drive navigation/entertainment/communication system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a heated and cooled cupholder. In between the base cloth and available leather seating, the Avenger offers an exceptionally stain-resistant seat fabric. A fold-flat passenger seat doubles as a dinner table or desktop and, combined with the fold-flat rear seats, helps accommodate longer cargo.

Exterior

Unlike the Chrysler Sebring (that looks nothing like its Chrysler 300 big brother), the Avenger's strong rear shoulders, squarish taillamps and sloping roofline are all grafted with varying exactness from the Dodge Charger large sedan. All R/T models get a rear spoiler, chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets, fog lights and 18-inch chrome wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base-equipped Avenger SE includes an AM/FM/CD/CD-MP3 sound system with auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, four-way adjustable steering wheel, delayed-off headlamps, beverage-cooling upper glove compartment, cloth seats and 16-inch covered steel wheels. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, but not anti-lock brakes.

Optional Equipment

The highlight of the Avenger's optional equipment list is the comprehensive uconnect navigation, entertainment and communication system. Other standouts include a six-CD/DVD/MP3/SIRIUS satellite sound system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, heated and cooled cupholder, heated front seats, leather seats and a sun roof.

Under the Hood

The Avenger's base four-cylinder engine delivers highway mileage of up to 30 miles per gallon, while the range-topping 3.5-liter V6 offers 235 horsepower. The 3.5-liter benefits from a new six-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick manual-shift capability, while the other engines are matched to a traditional four-speed automatic. The electronically controlled all-wheel drive system available on R/T models operates primarily in front-wheel drive mode until extra traction is needed or anticipated. All R/T models also feature a sport-tuned suspension.

2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30

3.5-liter V6
235 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
232 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/27

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2009 Dodge Avenger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 429 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Best car I have had in years

By on Saturday, April 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car, fun to drive"

Cons: "No backup camera"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car new with 29 miles on it. Was on the dealer lot for 5 months. The 3.6 liter V6 is a powerful addition to this car. Makes it really quick. Highway fuel mileage is excellent! Around town the mileage suffers mostly due to the fact that I tend to be a little spirited in my driving. But who could blame me, the R/T suspension is tight and the autostick gives you a little more control in shifting(almost as fun as a manual). I have no squeaks or rattles and I have driven over lots of poor roads and railroad crossings. The only problem I have had was a plugged heater core that was taken care of under warranty. I have owned more than 30 cars in the past 38 years and this one is at the top of the list.(so far)"

an ok car...

By on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "great on gas"

Cons: "head rest sit to far back to even use"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"i got this car only due to my credit only allowing me to get a certian car and a certian amount of money i could spend on one, wasnt what i went to the dealer ship to buy but was what i could get so i got it when i got it i loved it and thought wow a new car, it was just a yr old and only had 22,000 miles on it, i mean it drives great good on gas but for it being so fancy and pretty on the outside they sure fooled me with the inside its just a plain jane. nothing fancy about the inside of the car at all. and i hate the head rest in the car u literally have to lay back to reach the head rest and that sucks cuz iam almost 6 ft tall and i like to rest my head and neck while driving and when in this car thats not happeing so other then that for maybe a first time car buyer it would be a good car to start out with but dont get a white on thats what i have and its so hard to keep it clean esp on the front of the car due to how big the bumper is. but as i said its a good car but i would never buy another one."

14 people out of 15 found this review helpful

150000 miles no problems

By on Monday, January 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Good gas milage for a fairly big car 33 MPG on long trips plus live time gurantee wish Dodge would do that again but will keep this 1 for a while been a great car"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Givew you the neccessities and a good ride.

By on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 189,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "A fair priced car that delivers what it promises."

Cons: "the interior has a lot of hard plastic."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have the SXT. It is not a super fancy car, but it has a very good sound system with satellite radio, power locks, cruise, heated cup holder, automatic cooler for canned drinks, electric mirrors and very dependable. I also own a Mercedes and an Infiniti. For the price, I would say the Avenger has been the best buy. It is still going at 189,000 mile and I have only had to do the expected maintenance on it."

11 people out of 14 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "No touch screen radio"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Love my window tint

"I bought this car brand new, I've been in love the entire time. The color is blackberry pearl, it's beautiful. It's an SE with the V6 3.6 liter Pentastar engine. It'll easily go from 0 to 60 in about 6 seconds. It has a smooth ride, does well in the snow. I get the oil changed as per manufacturer , every 6,000 miles. I love the UCONNECT Bluetooth features, it's a great safety feature. I wish they didn't discontinue this car, I'd buy another one. It has 18 inch alloy wheels, the tires are more expensive for this size but, I love the look. It has a spoiler on the trunk which completes the look. My car is awesome. I was commuting 25 miles each way to work for the first 2 1/2 years, this car is very comfortable and has a smooth ride, it's very good for trips, I go to the shore often in the summer."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Love my window tint

Overall Pretty Terrible Car - Disappointing Buy

By on Sunday, December 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "It drives?"

Cons: "Expensive problems, terrible winter driving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I purchased this car early 2013 and have put on approximately 34,000 miles. Since nearly day one, I have had some rough issues with it. Within the first two months, I had issues with the headlights dimming and a loss of electrical power. After taking it back to the dealership, turns out the alternator had a factory defect and had to be completely replaced. Only three to four months later, I began having issues with the brakes jarring and shuddering while stopping. Took it back to the dealership, and the front passenger brakepad was cracked with a chip in the corner and the front driver brakepad was worn considerably. Dealership tells me that brakes aren't covered under the warranty and are not a manufacturer issue (cracked brakepads on a 6 month old car with <10,000 miles aren't manufacturer? give me a break). Finally, by December 2013, I began having air leaking from one of my tires. Took it into a shop to get what I assumed was a hole in my tire, turns out it was a cracked wheel. I called the dealership and it was going to cost $500 for one new wheel or $300 from a junkyard. Instead, I took it to a welding shop and had the crack welded back together. Unfortunately, the "chrome" wheel package is just a plastic cap on your wheel, and it partially melted in the welding process. As of December 2015, the crack has reformed in the same wheel, and it STILL costs nearly as much as it did two years ago to replace the wheel. Also for this month, I have begun to have electrical problems where the Uconnect buttons no longer work, the radio turns on and off randomly, and my windshield wipers have gone off putting the window down. Not only that, but the car drives terribly in the snow (rear wheel drive so no wonder), but I assumed with such a heavy car, it would have done a better job. I have gotten stuck in less than 1/4" of snow with new tires on the car. Long story short, with other options out there, this car just doesn't stack up. From the long list of expensive problems and it's inability to handle winter weather conditions, this car just isn't worth it. In the end, it's getting traded in this week for a Subaru."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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