2013 Dodge Avenger Overview
Lately, Dodge has been revamping its image with new cars that are more muscled, more aggressive, and still more refined than in years past. Dodge has incorporated more modern technology like traction control, multi-stage airbags, and sport-tuned suspensions throughout their whole lineup, and the new 2013 Dodge Avenger is a strong representative of the “new” Dodge.
The sheer look of the Avenger gets it off to a flying start, practically bursting out of its sheet-metal. The engine even appears to be attempting an escape act from the bulging hood and swelling wheel arches. The front grill is an aggressive crosshair and the accompanying front bumper looks low and mean. Optional packages will add a rear spoiler, and while this likely won’t have any effect on performance, it certainly does look good.
The 2013 Avenger comes standard with a 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 166 pounds feet of torque. This is likely to provide enough get-up and go for most folks. If passing and on-ramp domination are priorities, there is an optional 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque. The optional V-6 is tuned to give most of its torque midrange, an ideal feature if the left lane feels like home.
Returning 20 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, the four-cylinder Avenger has some catching-up to do with the rest of this class. The V-6, however, matches up well with and is only slightly thirstier than the four-cylinder, returning 19/29 mpg city/highway. We expect both to get around the mid-20s in combined driving.
Chrysler Motor Company as a whole had a problem in the past with their interiors, but they have thankfully improved over the last several years. The standard interior features cloth upholstery and a sporty look. Optional leather seats come with a very “macho” red stripe down the driver’s seat. All models of the Avenger come standard with interior ambient lighting, air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The 2013 Avenger also offers plenty in the way of technology, with a navigation system, Uconnect hands-free phone connectivity, and a touch-screen stereo with a music hard drive as options.
Every Avenger comes with six standard airbags (two front, two side-impact, and two side curtain airbags), front seats with active-head restraints that move forward in a rear impact to lessen neck damage, traction control and antilock brakes with discs at all four wheels. Also, the Avenger has something which very few mid-range cars have these days – active brake assistance. If sensors detect an emergency stop, the brakes are automatically applied to bring the car to its fastest possible stop. Little feature, but a big difference.