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2014 Dodge Avenger

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2014 Dodge Avenger Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.4

In a tough and highly-attractive field of mid-size sedans the 2014 Dodge Avenger offers a muscular appearance, a commendable driving experience, a nice interior, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and value pricing – particularly on the lower end of the trim levels. As the trim levels ascend the value story falls off, however, against the likes of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata. One of the Avenger’s most appealing features is the optional Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine, which delivers competitive levels of performance, smoothness and efficiency. In the end, aside from personal taste, the major attraction of the 2014 Avenger will likely be its entry-level affordable price.

You'll Like This Car If...

If value pricing is a major issue, you like the assertive appearance, or you’re drawn to the Pentastar V6 engine, then by all means take a look at the 2014 Dodge Avenger.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If the 2014 Avenger seems somewhat behind the levels of refinement, features, fuel economy and appeal of the competitors, then there are certainly plenty of alternative choices.

What's New for 2014

Changes for the 2014 Dodge Avenger are minimal, being limited to the Blacktop and Rallye packages being extended to availability on the SE model with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, for a price of $595.

Driving the Avenger
Driving Impressions

Enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by the fun-to-drive characteristics of the front-drive 2014 Dodge Avenger. It certainly doesn’t feel like anything close to a Dodge mid-size sedan of the recent...

... past, as the suspension set-up, the steering and the capable brakes combine to make it behave like some imported sports sedan. Along with the good handling is an appreciated level of ride comfort, so the Avenger keeps things smooth on the daily drive and participates willingly when the road takes twists and turns. For those who want more get-up-and-go, the optional Pentastar V6 is 3.6 liters of smoothness, performance, responsiveness and fuel efficiency and is claimed by Dodge to be the most powerful of its type among mid-size sedans. The base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that is entirely adequate, but certainly not sparkling.

APPEALING INTERIOR
The Dodge interior designers have delivered a very nice interior in the 2014 Avenger, with a pleasing design, comfortable and supportive seats, attractive colors, quality fabrics and soft-touch materials. In a car built for value pricing, the interior is an unexpected benefit.

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.

2014 Dodge Avenger Details
Interior

The 2014 Dodge Avenger’s interior is more than merely competitive with those of other mid-size sedans, with an attractive layout, quality materials, comfortable and supportive front seats with proper bolsters, pleasing fabric patterns, and numerous soft-touch panels. The R/T trim level includes sportier seats with leather bolsters, a nice gauge cluster and racy-looking pedal pads. Audiophiles will appreciate the Avenger’s quiet interior for listening to the optional Boston premium speakers. The back seat is acceptable for adults, if not great, and will fold in a 60/40 split. The front passenger seat folds flat.

Exterior

To match its tough-guy name, the 2014 Avenger has a sort of tough-guy look. Dodge’s familiar cross-hair grille sits between big headlights, along the sides are pronounced fender arches, and at the rear is a rise in the fender line that leads to big taillights to match the theme from the front. There’s nothing shy about it. A wing-like rear spoiler is optionally available. The V6 engine includes dual exhaust tips, R/T models have a body-color grille and blacked-out trim. The SE and SXT models are fitted with 17-inch wheels standard with 18-inchers optional, and the R/T has the larger wheels as standard.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2014 Dodge Avenger SE has 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 have 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 2014 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. The Blacktop and Rallye packages are available on the SE trim level with the 4-ctylinder engine.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Dodge Avenger’s base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder of 173 horsepower. It’s entirely adequate, though not a model of smoothness or refinement. Much preferred is the optional 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, available in SE and SXT models and standard with the R/T. At 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque the Avenger V6 can lay claim to the title of most powerful in its class, and is the definition of response, smoothness and technological refinement. In addition, it has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 29 mpg on the highway. The base 4-cylinder engine is fitted with a 4-speed automatic transmission with a 6-speed automatic optional. The 6-speed is standard with the V6. Both engines operate on 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: 21/30 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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2014 Dodge Avenger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 429 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • 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)"

12 people out of 18 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."

18 people out of 23 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"

12 people out of 18 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."

15 people out of 20 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."

12 people out of 18 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."

13 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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