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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 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 3 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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