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2013 Dodge Avenger Review

The 2013 Dodge Avenger ranks near the bottom of the midsize car class, due to its below-average reliability rating, low-quality interior, and tight rear-seat space.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed ride and handling
  • Among the lowest-priced cars in the class
  • Cramped rear seats and trunk
  • Cheap cabin materials
  • Low fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.7
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2013 Dodge Avenger Overview

Is the 2013 Dodge Avenger a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Dodge Avenger is a poor choice if you’re shopping for a used midsize car. Used Avenger models tend to be some of the least expensive models to buy in this class, but cheaper isn’t necessarily better. The Avenger has low fuel economy, a below-average reliability rating, no advanced safety features, and one of the worst interiors in the class. Many midsize sedan alternatives are much more refined and reliable, including the 2013 Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata.

Used 2013 Dodge Avenger Performance and Interior

Dodge offers the Avenger with two engine options: a four-cylinder with 173 horsepower, and a V6 with 283 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. A four-speed automatic is available, but only on four-cylinder SE models. The four-cylinder engine provides adequate pep around town and decent passing power, but the V6 offers much stronger acceleration with only a minimal drop in fuel efficiency. The V6 gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, and the four-cylinder nets 20/30 mpg city/highway. That said, both ratings are rather low by class standards.

The Avenger’ can’t back up its sporty looks with equally sporty handling, but it’s no slouch. The steering is quick and responsive, the sedan feels stable around sharp turns, and the brakes provide good stopping power. The SE and SXT models ride comfortably as well. However, the Avenger R/T has a stiffer sport-tuned suspension and larger wheels, which yield a harsher ride on rough pavement but do little to enhance handling.

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The Dodge Avenger is a four-door sedan that seats five. The front seats are comfortable and provide good head- and legroom. R/T models receive hip-hugging sport seats, which offer better support. However, the rear seats are less accommodating. They have adequate space for two adults, but legroom is stingy by class standards. Taller passengers will want to sit up front. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. Trunk space is also slim, at just 13.5 cubic feet.

The Avenger’s cabin features a number of soft-touch plastics, but the look and feel is rather cheap overall. Still, the standard audio and climate controls are refreshingly simple. The available Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use and responsive to inputs, but it’s noticeably short on features like a rearview camera. Combined with the Avenger’s limited rear visibility, this can make backing out of parking spaces a chore.

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Used 2013 Dodge Avenger Prices

The price of a used 2013 Avenger ranges from about $7,300 for SE models to $8,600 for R/T V6 models. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Dodge Avenger?

The Dodge Avenger has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five points from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Avenger?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Dodge Avenger a 2013 Top Safety Pick+. The Avenger received the second-highest score of Acceptable for small overlap front crash safety, but it received the highest rating of Good ratings in all other areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Avenger a four-star rating (out of five) in all areas tested.

The Avenger offers no advanced safety features. By comparison, most classmates have at least a rearview camera or parking sensors.

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Is the 2013 Avenger the Best Model Year to Buy?

Dodge introduced the Avenger for 2008 and discontinued it after the 2014 model year. For 2011, the Avenger received a restyled interior and exterior, as well as a more powerful V6 engine. These were the only major changes to the Avenger over the years. Models from 2011 and 2012 will likely save you money and still offer many of the same features as 2013 and 2014 models.

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Which Used Dodge Avenger Is Right for Me?

Dodge offers the 2013 Avenger in three trim levels: SE, SXT, and R/T. The base model Dodge Avenger SE has a CD player, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, cruise control, air conditioning, and cloth seats.

The Dodge Avenger SXT trim adds satellite radio, automatic climate control, fog lights, and alloy wheels. Lastly, the Avenger R/T model (V6 only) comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, remote start, heated front seats, hood stripes, darker headlight lenses, a decklid spoiler, and a stiffer sport-tuned suspension. Available features include a navigation system, sunroof, and leather seats.

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. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Dodge Avenger and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Dodge Avenger or 2013 Chrysler 200?

The 2013 Chrysler 200 sedan shares a majority of components with its corporate cousin, the Avenger. However, that’s not exactly a good thing. Both models have below-average reliability ratings, low four-cylinder fuel economy, and relatively cramped rear seats. Neither are great options if you’re shopping for a used car, though the Chrysler’s cabin has a higher-quality look and feel than the Dodge’s.

Which Is Better: 2013 Dodge Avenger or 2013 Dodge Dart?

The new-for-2013 Dodge Dart outclasses the Avenger in most areas. The compact Dart has a much nicer interior with comparable seating space, advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring, and superior fuel economy (up to 28/39 mpg). That said, it rates very poorly for reliability. Neither of these Dodge sedans are great used car options.

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