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2012 Dodge Avenger Review

The 2012 Dodge Avenger has poor fuel economy and critics were disappointed with its limited passenger and cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Poor fuel economy with base engine
  • Cramped cabin
  • Small trunk




Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.7
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2012 Dodge Avenger Overview

Reviewers said the 2012 Dodge Avenger’s standard four-cylinder engine struggles to get the car up to cruising speed. Most preferred the available V6 engine, which they said offers plenty of power. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is available. The four-cylinder Dodge Avenger gets an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is low for a midsize car. The V6 model, on the other hand, gets 19/29, which is typical for a V6-powered in the class. Test drivers said the Dodge Avenger has a comfortable ride, even over rough pavement. Apart from the brakes, which some critics said are weak, reviewers agreed that the Avenger offers poised handling, with controlled body motions during cornering.

The 2012 Avenger impressed reviewers with its soft-touch interior materials. However, they said the cabin seems cramped for the class, with small front bucket seats and a narrow rear bench seat that doesn’t offer much legroom. At 13.5 cubic feet, the Avenger’s trunk is also small for an affordable midsize car. Critics said that some of the Avenger’s interior features, like the map lights and the turn signal stalk, seem poorly made. Standard features include a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a four-speaker audio system. Available features include automatic climate control, leather upholstery, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, a USB port and an upgraded Boston Acoustics audio system.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata gets excellent fuel economy, and reviewers said that its base four-cylinder engine delivers impressive acceleration compared to other cars in the class. Test drivers reported that the Sonata has an attractive, modern cabin design with high-quality interior materials and plenty of legroom in the back seat. At 16.4 cubic feet, the Sonata’s trunk is one of the largest in the class.

The four-cylinder 2012 Chevrolet Malibu gets good fuel economy for a midsize car, and critics appreciated the Malibu’s attractive interior design, spacious front seats and decent rear-seat legroom. The 2012 Malibu also has a larger trunk than the Avenger.

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