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6.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.7
Reliability:
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2014 Dodge Avenger Review

The 2014 Dodge Avenger ranks low in our midsize car class because competitors have nimbler handling, more upscale interiors, and better safety and reliability ratings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available V6
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Few standard features
  • Low-rent interior materials

2014 Dodge Avenger Overview

Is the 2014 Dodge Avenger a Good Used Car?

No, the 2014 Avenger is not a good used car. Aside from its balanced handling and powerful engines, there isn't much to like. It has a cheap-feeling cabin, uncomfortable seats, and few standard features. The Avenger also gets poor gas mileage and a low reliability rating.

Used 2014 Dodge Avenger Performance and Interior

The Avenger's base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine has decent power for daily driving, but it's not very fuel-efficient. With the base engine and standard four-speed automatic transmission, the Avenger only gets up to 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Most rivals have better gas mileage. The available 3.6-liter V6 engine has a lot more punch, boasting one of the highest horsepower ratings in the class. Some models come with a six-speed automatic transmission in place of the base four-speed automatic. The Avenger strikes a good balance between ride quality and handling, but many competitors are more athletic around corners.

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The Avenger's cabin is a letdown due to its low-rent, cheap-feeling materials – and the seats aren't much better. They offer little support up front, so they’re not very comfortable for long trips. The rear seats have little room for adults. Thick roof supports limit visibility to the rear, which is particularly problematic when reversing since the Avenger doesn't have a rearview camera or rear parking sensors. The Avenger has full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, along with an additional upper tether anchor on the rear middle seat.

The base Avenger SE only comes with a basic audio system featuring an auxiliary audio input, four speakers, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Class leaders offer more features, like Bluetooth, USB ports, and even touch-screen infotainment systems as standard in their base models. All of these features are only available in some Avenger models. The Avenger's 6.5-inch Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system is user-friendly and has quick response times. Still, it's not the most up-to-date system among 2014 rivals. Other available features include a navigation system, a six-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, and automatic climate control.

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Used 2014 Dodge Avenger Prices

Prices for the 2014 Avenger range from about $12,000 for the base SE model up to around $15,000 for the R/T trim. Pricing is dependent upon vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Dodge Avenger?

With a reliability rating of only two out of five, the Avenger falls short of rivals in the midsize sedan class. A score of three is average for the auto industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the Avenger?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Avenger a Top Safety Pick, giving the sedan the highest rating of Good in four categories and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the fifth (the small overlap front test). In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Avenger earned four out of five stars overall and in every category tested.

Even though the Avenger's safety scores aren't necessarily bad, they are among the lowest in the midsize car class. There are no active safety features available in the Avenger. Most competitors at least offer a rearview camera or parking sensors, while some offer more advanced safety systems like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, or lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Avenger?

The 2014 model year marked the Avenger’s final year of production. The model was introduced for the 2008 model year. There are no differences between the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Avengers, so you may be able to find an older Avenger with the features you want at a lower price.

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Which Used Dodge Avenger Is Right for Me?

Since the base SE model is so spartan, you should step up to the SXT model to get automatic climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, satellite radio, and two more speakers over the base model. Some SXT models may also have a sunroof, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, or the Uconnect infotainment system. The range-topping R/T model comes standard with the V6 engine, along with a sport-tuned suspension, leather upholstery, heated front seats, the infotainment system, and a Boston Acoustics audio system.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Avenger for added peace of mind. For certified pre-owned Dodge vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully.

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2014 Dodge Avenger and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Avenger or 2014 Chevrolet Cruze?

The Chevrolet Cruze is a decent alternative to the Avenger. While the Cruze competes with compact cars and is smaller than the Avenger, it feels more expensive inside thanks to its upmarket materials and comfortable seats. The Cruze has more standard features than the Avenger, and it's available with several features you can't get in the Dodge – notably, advanced safety features. While the Cruze's base engine feels underpowered, the available turbocharged and diesel engines give the Chevy quicker acceleration. The Cruze earns better fuel economy than the Avenger, as well as higher safety and reliability ratings.

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Avenger or 2014 Nissan Altima?

The Nissan Altima is a much better car than the Avenger. It has a high-end interior, numerous standard features, and comfortable, roomy seats in both rows. On the performance front, the Altima has nimble handling, brisk acceleration, and good fuel economy. The Altima also ranks higher in reliability and safety.

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Avenger or 2014 Dodge Charger?

If you like Dodge's styling, consider stepping up to the larger Dodge Charger. It has nicer interior materials and offers more features than the Avenger. Additionally, it is available with several safety systems you can't get in the Avenger. Its front seats are comfortable and supportive, though the rear seats have limited headroom. The Charger has balanced handling like the Avenger, along with a powerful standard V6. Drivers who want even quicker acceleration will like the Charger's muscular available V8 engines. The Charger also beats the Avenger's safety and reliability ratings.

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