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2011 Dodge Avenger

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2011 Dodge Avenger Review

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One year after a brush with near-bankruptcy and with a hefty styling infusion care of Italian car maker Fiat, Dodge has once again avoided being swept into the junkyard of history. One of the most deserving recipients of Dodge's design rebirth is the Dodge Avenger mid-sized sedan, a car that had once been roundly criticized for its dull interiors, mediocre drivetrain and low resale value. But, the 2011 Dodge Avenger is a totally different animal, with an aggressive new exterior, a stunningly modern interior and one of the best drivetrain and suspension setups in its class. If ever there was a case of turning a sow's ear into a silk purse, the 2011 Dodge Avenger is it.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're brain says "Charger" but your wallet says "used car," the 2011 Dodge Avenger may be your knight in shining armor. Its bold styling, great handling and affordable price will satisfy both your enthusiast and economical sides.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for subtle but upscale styling, cutting-edge refinement and best-in-class resale value, you might be happier with the VW Jetta or Hyundai Sonata.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2011 Dodge Avenger receives a complete makeover, with new front and rear styling, new wheels, a completely new interior, new suspension and steering and an available 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine.

Driving the Avenger

Driving Impressions The 2011 Dodge Avenger is a truly great driver's car. A thorough reworking of the car's suspension, brakes and steering systems has netted a mid-size sedan that...

– if it wasn't for the big Dodge ram head staring up from the steering wheel's center – you would swear was built by VW or Nissan. Dodge has managed to blend a soft comfortable ride with a responsive chassis that can carve up twisting mountain roads as easily as it floats over long freeway stretches. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 puts the muscle behind the 2011 Dodge Avenger's moves, delivering impressive power, silky-smooth operation and pretty decent fuel economy. Connecting wheels to engine is Dodge's new six-speed AutoStick automatic transmission. While it's fun to shift your own gears, the AutoStick is not as quick or precise as some newer dual-clutch transmissions. But, as the automatic does an excellent job of finding and holding the correct gear, we don't think you'll miss the manual-shift feature in the long run.

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.

3.6-liter Pentastar V6
Quite possibly one of the best V6 engines every produced, the new Pentastar V6 pulls like a V8, purrs like a Lexus and returns impressive fuel economy.

2011 Dodge Avenger Details
2011 Dodge Avenger photo Interior

The most noticeable change attributed to the 2011 Dodge Avenger is its interior. Gone are the primer-gray tones and hard plastic surfaces, replaced by a more organic dash design, soft-touch materials on the armrests, console and dash and a new color pallet that includes rich ebony, warm sand and even a two-tone red-on-black theme. Dodge has used extensive sound deadening materials to help quiet the Avenger's cabin while simultaneously giving it some very loud audio options, including a six-speaker Boston Acoustics upgrade and a navigation radio with a 30-gigabyte hard drive capable of storing up to 4,250 songs.

Exterior
2011 Dodge Avenger photo

Although its profile is still familiar, the 2011 Dodge Avenger is a far better looking car than the model it replaces. A new front crosshair grille and aggressive lower air intake are complimented by projector-beam fog lamps and honeycomb-textured grille inserts. Around back, the Avenger receives a new rear valence and larger tail lamps with a "ring of fire" LED light pattern. The Avenger's overall fit and finish are also noticeably improved, with better fitting plastic pieces, tighter tolerances between body panels and much more lustrous paint choices. Rounding out the 2011 Dodge Avenger's new look is a set of aggressive wheel choices: 17-inch on Express and Mainstreet trims and 18-inch alloy on LUX and Heat models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A 2011 Dodge Avenger Express features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic transmission, CD/MP3 audio system with auxiliary input jack, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, height-adjustable driver's seat with manual lumbar support, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, 17-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, 60/40 rear seat with pass-through and folding armrest and a security alarm. Standard safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic traction and stability control and front, front-seat side-mounted and side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

The highlight of the 2011 Dodge Avenger's optional equipment list is the comprehensive Uconnect navigation, entertainment and communication system. Other standouts include a 6.5-inch touch screen CD/DVD/MP3/HDD radio with 30-gigabyte hard drive, Voice Command and USB interface, Sirius Satellite Radio, Boston Acoustics speaker package, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity with streaming audio, eight-way power driver's seat, automatic climate control, auto on/off headlamps, heated front seats, leather seats, remote start, 18-inch wheels and a power moonroof.

Under the Hood

The Avenger's base 2.4-liter "world gas engine" has been given numerous upgrades to help it perform better and with less noise, vibration and harshness. Producing 173 horsepower, the 2.4-liter is not the most powerful in its class, but at least it can now keep up with the pack leaders. The real star of the Avenger line up is the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which produces an impressive 283 horsepower yet returns highway fuel economy figures around 30 mpg. The 3.6-liter engine is also E85-compatible.

2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 (4-speed auto), 20/31 (6-speed auto)

3.6-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 (gas), 14/21 (E85)

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2011 Dodge Avenger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 427 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

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"

3 people out of 4 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."

2 people out of 2 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."

2 people out of 2 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."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Incredible

By on Monday, November 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good mileage"

Cons: "Non heated seats."

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

"Being the original owner and from its brand new state, this has been an incredibly reliable vehicle with minimum mechanical repairs given the mileage. The oil has been changed regularly as specified in the owners manual with the last 50K using a 50/50 blend and attaining about 24 mpg consistently."

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

sorry dodge cancelled model or i would by another

By on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "awsome car for the price,nice looking and fast,"

Cons: "seat material cheap on a well optioned car"

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

"looks sharp, v6 a performance winner,14.1 seconds @ 100mph in quartermile . handles and rides well corners well. brakes are ok. complaint only on seat fabric material, otherwise, well laid out dash, and common controls"

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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