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2013 Dodge Avenger

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2013 Dodge Avenger Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.5

The 2013 Dodge Avenger is an adequate car competing in the tough mid-size sedan segment. In this class, the Avenger aims to win over buyers who might otherwise consider the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu, Kia Optima, and Hyundai Sonata. A recent redesign gave the Avenger an improved suspension, drivetrain and interior, as well as more aggressive looks. Lower-end models have enticing prices, but that value against rivals wanes as trim levels climb. Among the Avenger's redeeming qualities is the optional Pentastar V6 engine that works exceptionally well and gives the car newfound performance. For those drawn to the Avenger over its worthy competitors, the biggest motivating factors may come down to price and personal taste.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a car whose looks portray swagger but you can't pony up to a Dodge Charger, the 2013 Dodge Avenger just might be your style.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want looks that are more modern than muscle, snazzier standard equipment or stellar fuel economy, there are newer and more feature-rich sedans from which to choose. Poor resale values further dampen the Avenger's appeal.

What's New for 2013

After gaining the performance-oriented R/T version and new trim names last year, the Avenger has just minor changes for 2013. Among them are automatic headlights and the availability of premium leather in SXT models, new exterior colors and a lower starting price on the R/T model.

Driving the Avenger
Driving Impressions

The 2013 Dodge Avenger can be a surprisingly fun car to drive. The reworking it received in 2011 to the suspension, brakes and steering gear help make this 5-passenger sedan...

... feel more like a nimble European car than any mid-size Dodge from the past decade. Thankfully, the Avenger's good handling doesn't come at the expense of comfort. The Dodge does a commendable job of offering a soft and composed ride quality, yet still boasts a responsive chassis that doesn't mind carving a mountain road. The 2013 Avenger's optional V6 engine is the most powerful of its kind among mid-size sedans, and delivers that power with smooth response. Base versions of the car come with a 4-cylinder engine mated to an older-style 4-speed transmission, with a 6-speed automatic with manual-shift mode standard on higher trims and optional on the base model. All trims are front-wheel-drive, which won't excite enthusiasts but makes it easier for those who drive in slippery conditions.

UCONNECT SYSTEM
This optional system features a large color touch-screen that acts as the command center for audio, navigation and for retrieval of real-time info such as weather forecasts and movie times. We appreciate the system's prompt response to touch.

PENTASTAR V6
Dodge's V6 is among the best out there. This engine feels as powerful as a V8, purrs like a Lexus and also offers impressive fuel economy.

2013 Dodge Avenger Details
Interior

If the 2013 Dodge Avenger has an edge over competitors, it's in the design of cabin materials. The Avenger has soft-touch panels, visually appealing color and fabric patterns and well-bolstered front seats. R/T trim models are especially nice, featuring striped seats with leather bolsters, a unique gauge cluster and SRT-inspired pedal pads. Plenty of insulation material gives the Avenger a quiet cabin, which in turn helps the optional Boston premium speakers sound even sweeter. Rear-seat room is OK for two adults, and the rear seats fold in a 60/40-split for increased storage capacity. The front passenger seat folds flat for further cargo flexibility.

Exterior

The 2013 Avenger has tough-guy looks to go with its name. Up front is Dodge's familiar crosshair grille and aggressive twin headlights that take the shape of menacing eyes. A high beltline and higher rear fenders further embolden the Avenger, and a rear spoiler is optionally available. Models equipped with the V6 engine have twin exhaust tips as standard; that feature is optional on 4-cylinder versions. R/T models have a body-color grille, black-bezel headlights and, for better or worse, fender stripes. SE and SXT models ride on 17-inch wheels, while 18-inch wheels are standard for the R/T and optional on the other two trims.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2013 Dodge Avenger SE comes with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning with filtration system, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual-adjust driver's seat and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The base audio system is an AM/FM/CD/satellite radio with auxiliary jack and four speakers. SXT models add a 6-speed automatic transmission, 8-way power driver's seat, automatic climate control and six speakers. Top-line R/T models come with the V6 engine, leather seats, 18-inch aluminum wheels, Uconnect hands-free phone system and media center with 6.5-inch display screen, 40-gig hard drive and six Boston speakers.

Optional Equipment

The 2013 Avenger can be fitted with the Uconnect infotainment system, which adds a color touch-screen and a hard drive for storing music and can be upgraded with a navigation system and real-time traffic information. Other major add-ons include a power sunroof, V6 engine in SE and SXT models, engine block heater for cold-weather environments, heated front seats and the Rallye Appearance Group for SXT models that includes 18-inch wheels, trunk-mounted spoiler and two-tone black and red cloth interior.

Under the Hood

The base engine in a 2013 Dodge Avenger is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that makes 173 horsepower. That's not necessarily a lot of power for this class, but it's enough to allow the Avenger keep up with traffic. The more powerful V6 engine - certainly our choice - is optional in SE and SXT models and standard in the R/T trim. It makes 283 horsepower and is EPA-rated at up to up to 29 mpg on the highway. Both engines operate on regular 87-octane gasoline, and the V6 is E85-compatible.

2.4-liter inline-4
173 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
166 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 mpg (4-speed automatic), 20/31 mpg (6-speed automatic)

3.6-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 mpg (gasoline), 14/21 mpg (E85)

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2013 Dodge Avenger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 432 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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

Unbelievably reliable and trouble free!

By on Thursday, July 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable and trouble free"

Cons: "The lights are not automatic and seats are cloth."

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

"I have been astounded by this cars performance. I put new tires on at 75,000 and had my brakes done once. That's it. Not even a hiccup as far as problems or repairs. This was a great car for the money."

Saves me from the morons!

By on Sunday, July 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "It's a DODGE! it's quick, great sound system"

Cons: "some paint bubbling on front edge of hood"

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

"I bought new 2008 R/T, it was everything I expected, great handling and response with back against the seat acceleration. Took trip to Seattle thru Mont. Ate up the Rockies, even with packed snow @ Summits.In the Cascades, Snoqualmie Pass had snow freezing on the road, with lots of traffic,that seemed in a big hurry. I avoided a few accidents and spinning cars on the way down, with very light traffic the last 1/3 down. I give the car 60% credit for getting us thru the maze while maintaining stability!"

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

By on Saturday, June 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "FUN TO DRIVE"

Cons: "TRANS, BRAKES, TIRES"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"GOT A GOOD DEAL ON CAR. V6 POWER IS VERY GOOD, V4 NOT WORTH IT. PULLS TO THE RIGHT. MANY ALIGNMENTS. TRANS SLIPS. GAS MILEAGE DEPENDS ON HOW YOU DRIVE. GOT IT LOADED, NAV NICE, ROOF NICE. WOULDNT BUY AGAIN, BUT GOT 5K OFF STICKER SO WAS WORTH AROUND 20K WHEN PURCHASED NEW. DONT MAKE ANYMORE SO VALUE HAS DIPPED. FACTORY PUT ON CHEAP GOODYEARS SO BAD IN WINTER. CHEAP BRAKES SO REPLACE AFTER 30K ISNT RIGHT."

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)"

16 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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."

20 people out of 25 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"

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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