By KBB.com Editors
Offering bold, muscle car-like styling combined with a comfortable ride, predictable handling and reasonable fuel economy, the 2010 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 the chill zone in-dash beverage cooler.
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.
From the powertrains to the passenger cabin, the Avenger doesn't deliver the same feeling of refinement as many of its competitors.
Some of the Avenger's more innovative items, such as the heated and cooled cup holders and rear seat DVD entertainment, have been dropped for 2010. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brake and active front seat head restraints are now standard on all models.
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. Unremarkable road manners notwithstanding, when loaded up options, such as the uconnect system, some may find the Avenger one of the most entertaining cars in the category.
uconnect Infotainment System
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.
Chill Zone Storage Compartment
Located above the glove box, this cooled storage bin can hold and cool up to four 12-ounce cans.
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 far from unsophisticated, with a hard drive-based infotainment system, heated leather seats and express up/down power windows. 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.
A base-equipped Avenger SXT 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 and anti-lock brakes (ABS).
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 Boston Acoustics sound system, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, heated front seats, traction and stability control, leather seats and a power sun roof.
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 six-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick manual-shift capability, while the other engines are matched to a traditional four-speed automatic. 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
235 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
232 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/27
By marklab on Saturday, January 17, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "v6,room,sporty look"
Cons: "gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have the v6 added flow master sounds great very quick im 6 foot tall plenty of room just a fun car to drive"
9 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Becks on Monday, December 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, looks good, handles snow great!"
Cons: "Who needs heated cup holders? Hard gear shift..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I love my avenger! I bought it used with 65,000 miles and it works great! There can be a hard gear shift around 25 mph, but if you start it off slow it doesn't happen. Just helps me remember to not have a lead foot! The leather seats and style inside and out is sleek, classy, and timeless. It looks mean and can hold its own! Definite win for dodge."
7 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By av8tore71 on Thursday, December 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "great gas milage, strong engine, great design"
Cons: "poor resale value, no longer manufactured"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned this 2013 Dodge Avenger SE V6 for the past 1 1/2 years and absolutely love it and it is really a shame that the car has a bad rap. The V6 engine in the Avenger is a very strong engine and fits nicely in this car with it's peppiness and durability. It really is not fair that the resale value is so low. I cannot say anything that is bad really of this car other then the bad rap for the resale value"
7 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By jimilv31 on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "roomy, looks cool, handles pretty good."
Cons: "this motor was not made for this car."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"No major problems with this car. I do like it alot. At 124000 miles it still handles good and drives as good as any car at this mileage should if not better. Have done minor maintenance but nothing unexpected."
4 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By vroomer on Tuesday, December 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "heated/cooled cup holders"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Have to prevent the trunk from opening all of the way to prevent water (rain, snow) from flowing in. Seats are not comfortable to sit in but the heated seats are nice. Wears down tires fast. Approximately 40,000 miles put on Michelin Defender tires (90,000 mile warranty), tread is already low."
10 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By Jenni on Monday, October 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "it's a car"
Cons: "Pretty much everything."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"The car was a step up, or so I thought. It's tiny on the inside. Like, TINY. My pal's Fiat is roomier. Stiff handling. Weird tire size that makes replacing tires a pain in the butt, not to mention expensive. Gas mileage? Awful. Randomly won't start. Then, it will fire off like everything is okay. The battery is next to impossible to get to. You have to take the drivers side tire off, take the wheel well off and then commence to unbolting. The body is super flimsy. I hit a raccoon and busted my entire grill. Really ridiculous. What sucked me in was the lifetime powertrain warranty. Now I want to kick myself. I should have stuck with my optima. Now I'm stuck in this thing for years."
10 people out of 26 found this review helpful