Her and His Reviews
There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that!
To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle –
Her and His perspectives.
|MSRP: $23,995, list price $25,400 as tested||MSRP: $23,995, list price $25,400 as tested|
|This is a power pack of a car ā?? and does a good job trying to keep up to the Dodge big brother Challenger. With 283 horses, the 3.6 liter V-6 engine packs it in but doesn't produce very good fuel efficiency.||The 283 horsepower 3.6 liter V-8 is at the top of the pack for family size intermediate sedans, the field that the Avenger competes in. The car also is helped by much better handling and road manners|
|19 city and 29 highway.||It gets 19/29 miles per gallon. Annual fuel costs are $2,525, based on 15,000 miles of driving at $3.70 for a gallon of gasoline. There's a four cylinder rated at 21/30, but that's about average for the field, nothing to shout about. And given the performance rating of the V-6ā??it gets to 60 in about 6.5 secondsā??the mileage advantage for the four isn't that great.|
|I love the 'new' Dodge brand; most of the entire lineup. And with all brands, there has to be a weak link. The Avenger is it. Having said that, the redesign is an improvement and the interior styling is eye-catching. The interior legroom for driver and front seat passenger is more than ample; the rear seating is not. The car is rugged, but lags when paired up to other models in the mid-sized sedan grouping. The colorful leather seats are not only attractive, but after driving some 200 miles in a given day, they proved supportive and sympathetic. A plus. Not too much cargo is going to pass into the trunk. Dodge boasts 13.5 cubic feet; however the configuration of that space is not deep. The 60-40 split rear seats does help with storage.||It's a normal car. And that's pretty much what the 2012 Dodge Avenger is. A normal car. No fuss, no muss. And we should tell you that it's far better built, far better equipped and even better looking than it was before. We even got a few glances and questions while we drove around in it. At any rate, all the tweaking, fixing and refining that Chrysler did during the bailout days has paid off in a much better product.|
|Anti- lock brakes are standard as well as a tire pressure monitoring system, airbags in the front/front-side and side-curtain positions. And, to its credit, this vehicle did test very well in crash tests at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.||Nothing spectacular here. The Avenger has the usual equipment, but that's about it.|
|Again, the interior has its pluses. The media center has plenty of benefiting tech gadgets including a 40 gigs hard drive, a 6.5" touch screen display, (my fave) Sirius XM satellite radio and CD/DVD/MP3 and HDD. In our upgraded model, we enjoyed a Nav system, as well as the UConnect voice command with Bluetooth for two-handed driving.||We don't mean to imply that this car doesn't have some state-of-the-art technology to boast about; it does. Standard equipment includes a media center with CD/DVD/and HDD. There's a 40 GB hard drive with 28 GB available, a 6.5 inch touch screen display, and Sirius XM Satellite radio, all standard equipment. And the optional package on our car included a 73N CD/DVD/ MP3/HDD and Navigation system, and UConnect voice command with Bluetooth, and a Sirius XM Travel Link system too.|
|Aesthetics & Styling|
|All the subjectivity in the world won't keep the Avenger around forever. Nope. The outdated exterior doesn't match the savvy interior; and the price-value is not where it needs to be.||I thought it looked pretty cool--a lot like the last generation Charger. But it's being replaced at the right time by the Dart, a much more contemporary design.|
5 year, 100,000 mile power train warranty
3 year, 36,000 mile basic limited warranty
|Five year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, three year or 36,000 mile basic limited warranty.|