3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Dodge Avenger

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Expert's Rating

3.5Good

MPG 20 City / 30 Highway
Pros
  • Aggressive look
  • Many optional conveniences
  • Low base price
Cons
  • Basic interior
  • Not as luxurious as competitors
  • Base models come meagerly equipped
, Automotive Editor -
The Avenger doesn't do anything particularly well, and is slated for replacement in 2014.

Introduction

Dodge first used the Avenger name between 1995 and 2000 for a Mitsubishi-based coupe that was relatively sporty when compared to the rest of it lineup. It revived the name in 2008 for a sedan that has continued into 2013.

While this year brings some minor shuffling of standard equipment, the Avenger is essentially a carryover from the 2012 model year. The 2013 Dodge Avenger comes in a quartet of models: SE, SE V6, SXT, and R/T. The base SE model includes amenities like A/C, an audio system and steel wheels. The SE V6 adds a more powerful engine and upgraded trim. The SXT features alloy wheels, upgraded cloth seating, and a premium audio system. The R/T adds performance items like a sport-tuned suspension and larger wheels.

The Avenger also has several option groups. The Smoker’s Package adds a cigar lighter and removable ashtray. The Sun and Sound Group includes a power sunroof, upgraded Uconnect 730N audio system with a 40 GB hard drive, GPS-based navigation with touchscreen, and a one-year subscription to SiriusXM. The Cold Weather Group, meanwhile, has heated front seats and a remote starter. The Rallye Appearance Group tosses in 18-by-7-inch aluminum wheels, black headlight bezels, a body-color grille and a rear spoiler. The Blacktop Package includes 18-by-7-inch gloss-black aluminum wheels, a gloss-black grille, gloss-black headlamp bezels and a rear spoiler.

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2013 Dodge Avenger
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2013 Dodge Avenger SE

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a well-equipped sedan at a low price

The 2013 Dodge Avenger’s base level trim is known as the SE trim level. The 2013 Avenger SE comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and hooks up to a four-speed automatic transmission. On the outside, this trim level comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps to help keep the base MSRP low but still offer a nice ride, a chrome-look grille to add a luxurious look to the base format, LED taillights to allow following cars to see you stopping and turning, and four-wheel disc brakes to bring the sedan to a stop effectively. Inside the cabin, the SE comes standard with air conditioning to keep the passenger’s comfortable, a Uconnect 130 audio system with AM/FM/CD, four speakers and an MP3 jack, premium cloth seating for superior comfort, and power windows and door locks for added convenience.

2013 Dodge Avenger
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2013 Dodge Avenger SXT

Recommended for: Buyers that want extra luxury items while retaining the superior mpg of a four-cylinder engine

The SXT trim level adds more to the Avenger lineup by building onto the SE trim level with higher-end features. On the outside, the SXT adds in a six-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick for better mpg and a smoother drive, 17-inch aluminum wheels for a luxury look and ride, projector fog lamps to allow for safer foggy-weather driving, and body-colored power heated mirrors for those living in cooler climates. In the cabin, the SXT adds in an eight-way power driver’s seat for simple adjustments, a six-speaker sound system with SiriusXM for better sound quality, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob for a more luxurious feel, and automatic climate control for optimal cabin-temperature control.

2013 Dodge Avenger
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2013 Dodge Avenger R/T

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a sporty sedan that is still inexpensive and easy on fuel

The R/T trim level is the performance model for the 2013 Avenger and its starts off with all of the basic features found in the SXT trim level. Under the hood, the R/T trim level adds in a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine. On the outside, the R/T adds in a dual-exhaust system with chrome-look tips for a muscular look, 18-inch Rallye-design rims for a sporty look, and a sport-tuned suspension system and precision power steering for better handling. Inside the cabin, the R/T trim level adds in performance seats with leather bolsters for a sportier look and great feel, and a Uconnect 430 System with 276-watt amplifier, CD/DVD/MP3 capabilities, hard-drive storage, 6.5-inch touchscreen and six Boston Acoustic speakers for great sounding audio.

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