2013 Dodge Avenger

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Dodge unveiled the Avenger to the North American market back in 1995 as a two-door coupe. The model was produced until 2000 when Dodge decided to replace it with the Stratus coupe. Dodge used the Avenger name once again in 2007, but this time it was a sedan. The model remained untouched until 2011 when Dodge offered a small revision.

The current Avenger won the IIHS "Top Safety Pick" from 2009 to 2012, thanks to a very long list of standard safety and high-tech features that offer the driver and passenger the safest ride in the segment. There is also the V-6 engine which transforms it into the most powerful V-6 midsize sedan.

For the 2013 model year, the Avenger continues to remain unchanged. There is a choice of three trims — SE, SXT and the R/T — and the latter adds a sporty exterior look and a highly equipped interior. There is also a special Avenger Blacktop Edition , which adds an enhanced exterior look.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Avenger.

Exterior

Dodge Avenger

The 2013 Avenger continues to offer the same updated exterior look that Dodge announced back in 2011. This includes a revised lower front fascia and a chrome grille up front. On the rear, the Avenger gets LED taillights and an exhaust system with dual end pipes.

For the 2013 model year, customers can choose between eight exterior colors:

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  • Black Clear Coat
  • Redline 2 Pearl Coat
  • Bright White Clear Coat
  • Tungsten Metallic Clear Coat
  • Blue Streak Pearl Coat
  • Crystal Blue Pearl Coat
  • True Blue Pearl Coat

Standard Exterior Features

  • Tinted Glass Windows
  • Laminated Windshield and Front Door Glass
  • Power Exterior Mirrors
  • LED Tail Lamps
  • Security Alarm
  • Grille with Bright Crosshairs
  • Body-Color Door Handles

Dimensions:

Overall Body Width72.8 In.
Overall Height58.4 In.
Overall Length192.6 In.
Overhang - Front40.2 In.
Overhang - Rear41.8 In.
Track - Front61.7 In.
Track - Rear62.7 In.
Turning Diameter - curb-to-curb - Left36.5 Feet
Turning Diameter - curb-to-curb - Right36.5 Feet
Wheelbase108.9 In.

Interior

Dodge Avenger

The interior offers all the features required by a family car. The seats are not sporty, but they are soft and supportive, while the dashboard is basic and offers silver bits surrounding the air vents and the gauge cluster.

Standard Interior Features

  • Premium interior with soft-touch surfaces
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Electronic stability control with traction control and electronic roll mitigation
  • Advanced multi-stage driver and front passenger air bags -*Side-curtain and front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Laminated front windshield and front-row side glass
  • Power locks
  • Power mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Premium cloth seats
  • Speed control
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio and speed controls
  • Outside temperature display in gauge cluster
  • CD with four speakers
  • 60/40 rear seat with trunk pass through
  • Fold flat front passenger seat

Dimensions:

Cargo Capacity (Trunk)13.5 cubic-feet
Head Room - Front40.0 In.
Head Room - Rear38.3 In.
Hip Room - Front52.6 In.
Hip Room - Rear52.8In.
Leg Room - Front42.4 In.
Leg Room - Rear36.2 In.
Passenger Interior Volume100.2 cubic-feet
Seating Capacity - Maximum Seating5
Seating Capacity - Standard Seating5
Shoulder Room - Front56.3 In.
Shoulder Room - Rear56.0 In.
Trunk Lift-Over Height30.5 In.

Drivetrain

Dodge Avenger

The 2013 Avenger comes with a choice of two engines. The base setup is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 173 horsepower for the base SE version, while top versions gets a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 283 horsepower.

Buyers can choose between two transmissions for the four-cylinder engine engine: the standard six-speed manual or an optional a four-speed automatic. The V-6 model comes only in an automatic. With the manual transmission and four-banger in tow, the Avenger gets 20 mpg city and 31 mpg on the highway. The city rating jumps to 21 mpg with the automatic transmission, but the highway rating falls to 29 mph. With the V-6 engine, the Avenger gets 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

2.4-Liter I4 DOHC 16-Valve Dual VVT Engine
Horsepower173 horsepower at 6,000 rpm283 horsepower at 6,400 rpm
Torque166 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm260 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm
Transmission4-Speed Automatic Transmission6-Speed Automatic Transmission

Prices

ModelPrice
Avenger SE$19,395
Avenger SE V6$22,095
Avenger SXT$22,395
Avenger R/T$25,695

Options

Power Express Open/Close Sunroof$1,095
Engine Block heater$95
Smoker’s Group$50
Sun and navigation Group$1,450
Uconnect 430$695
Uconnect 730N SAT/CD$995
Leather trimmed bucket seats$795
Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth$495
Cold weather group$295
Rallye appearance group$495

Competitors

Mazda6

Mazda6

The new Mazda6 was unveiled at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show and went on sale at the end of 2012.

The 2014 Mazda6 is offered with a standard 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission that helps deliver a fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

On the U.S. market, the new Mazda6 is priced from $20,880.

Kia Optima

Kia Optima SX Limited

The 2014 Optima is offered with two engines: a 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine or a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine. Output is ranges from 200 to 274 horsepower and both engines are offered with a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

Conclusion

The 2013 Avenger is a car that will do exactly what Dodge designed to do: offer your family a smooth ride and a low price. Additionally, it comes with quite a powerful V-6 engine that helps make up for the buzzy four-cylinder engine that comes standard. What we do not like about the Avenger is the fuel economy, which is a little bit too low for a midsize car at 21 mpg city.

Category RatingDetails
Driving B+Compliant and smooth ride, soft suspension
Performance B-A rather powerful V-6 engine
Look CNothing impressive, just an ordinary midsize sedan
Value A$19,000 midsized family car that will do the trick for you
Overall B-The ride is compliant, the handling is good, but the six-speed automatic does not shift properly
LOVE IT
  • Acceptable price
  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Smooth ride
LEAVE IT
  • The four-cylinder engine is not the best in the class
  • Fuel economy

Press Release

The 2013 Dodge Avenger is the perfect sedan for customers who want an enthusiastic driving experience, exceptional fuel economy and, with a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Starting Price (MSRP) of $18,995, an excellent value. The Dodge Avenger SE V-6 model is the most affordable V-6 powered mid-size car in America with a starting U.S. MSRP of $21,495. Powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine rated at 283 horsepower, the Avenger SE V6 package also is the most powerful V-6 mid-size sedan in Automotive News’ mid-range lower car segment.

Dodge Avenger

The 2013 Dodge Avenger provides more standard content than others in the segment, high-tech features that keep drivers and passengers connected and entertained, uncompromising safety features and up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway fuel economy, all at an excellent value.

The 2013 Dodge Avenger provides customers a sculpted, smooth exterior design, a world-class interior and performance attributes that put the “fun” in functional. With a powertrain lineup that includes the most powerful V-6 engine in the segment, sporty, refined driving dynamics and useful, intuitive technology like Uconnect handsfree phone with Bluetooth and a 40 GB (28 GB available storage) 6.5-inch touchscreen radio, the Dodge Avenger is a vehicle packed with value and a style all its own.

The Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan, an IIHS “Top Safety Pick” in 2012 for the fourth consecutive year, provides customers an abundance of standard safety and high-tech features designed to keep drivers connected with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Standard safety features include advanced multi-stage front passenger air bags, front seat side air bags, electronic stability control with electronic traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, supplemental side curtain air bags and LATCH child seat anchor system.

For 2013, the Dodge Avenger is available in SE, SXT and the sporty R/T trim levels.

The 2013 Dodge Avenger also sports three new exterior colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Crystal Blue Pearl Coat and True Blue Pearl Coat (late availability).

2013 Dodge Avenger SE

Dodge Avenger

The Dodge Avenger SE – America’s most affordable mid-size sedan at a starting U.S. MSRP of only $18,995, offers a tremendous level of standard equipment, including a 2.4-liter 173 horsepower
four-cylinder I-4 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, LED taillamps, a premium interior with soft-touch surfaces, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control with traction control and electronic roll mitigation, advanced multi-stage driver and front passenger air bags, side-curtain and front seat-mounted side airbags, laminated front windshield and front-row side glass, power locks, power mirrors, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, premium cloth seats, speed control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio and speed controls, outside temperature display in gauge cluster, CD with four speakers, 60/40 rear seat with trunk pass through, fold flat front passenger seat and a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

The Dodge Avenger SE V6 package adds the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, one of Ward’s “10 Best Engines” in 2012, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that produces a best-in-class 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque while delivering exceptional EPA highway V-6 fuel economy rating of 29 mpg, 17-inch aluminum wheels, body-color rear decklid spoiler, and dual exhaust with bright tips in addition to the comprehensive standard features of the SE model.

Optional equipment includes 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, 18-inch aluminum wheels, SiriusXM Radio, Uconnect Voice Command and Smoker’s Group.

2013 Dodge Avenger SXT

Dodge Avenger

The Dodge Avenger SXT model provides the standard equipment found on the SE model and adds a six-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick, 17-inch aluminum wheels, new automatic headlamps, new premium fog lamps, eight-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, six speakers, automatic temperature control, body-color heated exterior mirrors, SiriusXM Radio, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) and much more.

Available optional equipment for 2013 includes: the 3.6-liter Pentastar variable-valve timing V-6 engine which produces a best-in-class 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque while providing impressive V-6 highway fuel economy of 29 mpg.

Newly available for 2013 are premium leather seats with heated front seats for only $795 U.S. MSRP, making it the most affordable mid-size car with leather.

An enhanced Rallye appearance group for 2013, is also available featuring 18-inch aluminum wheels, headlamps with black bezel, body-color grille, body-color rear decklid spoiler, all-season touring tires and available black/red Momentum cloth interior.

Other options include: Sun and Sound Group, which features a $950 discount, includes the Uconnect 730 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Navigation media center with 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect Voice Command, remote USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio, one-year free SiriusXM Travel Link with real-time traffic updates and sunroof with power express open/close; Uconnect Media Center 430 CD/DVD/40 gigabyte hard drive with 28 GB of available storage and 6.5-inch touchscreen radio; Uconnect 730 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Navigation media center with 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect voice command, remote USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio, one-year free SiriusXM Travel Link with real-time traffic updates; Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth; power sunroof with express open/close and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

2013 Dodge Avenger R/T

Dodge Avenger

Remaining true to the historic R/T badge, the Dodge Avenger R/T features the top powertrain option mated to a rewarding vehicle for the driving enthusiast. For 2013, the R/T is even more affordable with a U.S. MSRP of only $25,495 – lowered by $500 from 2012.

The Dodge Avenger R/T model is the perfect sedan for the customer who wants an enthusiastic driving experience at a great value. With a stiffened, sport-tuned suspension, best-in-class 283 horsepower engine, center-mounted tachometer and performance-inspired interior and exterior design cues, the 2013 Dodge Avenger R/T ups the driving fun factor.

Dodge engineers tuned the Avenger’s suspension specifically to the R/T model. They increased roll stiffness by 18 percent and spring rates by 17 percent in the front and more than 12 percent in the rear. Front strut damping rates are increased 15 percent, rear strut damping rates are increased almost 20 percent and the rear stabilizer bar diameter is 2 mm larger, increased from 19 mm to 21 mm. The suspension changes result in a fun-to-drive, spirited, performance sedan driving experience.

Unique exterior design elements of the 2013 Dodge Avenger R/T include a unique body-color grille, headlamps with a black bezel, R/T hood-to-fender stripes on the front quarter panel and unique 18-inch polished aluminum wheels. The performance elements carry through to the rear of the vehicle with a spoiler and the “R/T” badge.

The interior of the 2013 Dodge Avenger R/T sports a choice of distinctive all-black interior or distinctive cloth seats with Z stripe accent and red stitching, both with performance leather-trimmed bolsters that hold drivers and passengers firmly in their seats when they put the Avenger to the test. The front seats are heated and sport an “R/T” graphic stitched in red on the front headrests. Drivers will notice a cockpit unlike other Avenger models. It features a unique gauge cluster with a center-mounted tachometer with the “R/T” graphic and SRT-inspired brake and accelerator pedal pads. The steering wheel is wrapped in perforated leather with red accent stitching. Red ambient accent lighting in the interior cabin is unique to the R/T model. A 276-watt Boston Acoustic sound system compliments the standard Uconnect Media Center 430 CD/DVD/40 GB hard drive with 28 GB of available storage and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.

Dodge Avenger

Optional equipment available on the R/T model includes: Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth;
Uconnect 730N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Navigation media center with 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect voice command, remote USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio, one-year free Sirius Travel Link with real-time traffic updates; power sunroof with express open/close and the Sun and Sound Group, which includes Uconnect 730 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Navigation media center with 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect voice command, remote USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio, one-year free Sirius Travel Link with real-time traffic updates and sunroof with power express open/close; Uconnect 730 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Navigation media center with 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect voice command, remote USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio, one-year free SiriusXM Travel Link with real-time traffic updates.

The 2013 Dodge Avenger is available in eight exterior colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Black Clear Coat, Redline 2 Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Tungsten Metallic Clear Coat, Blue Streak Pearl Coat, Crystal Blue Pearl Coat and True Blue Pearl Coat (late availability).

The new 2013 Dodge Avenger arrives in U.S. dealer showrooms in September 2012.

The Dodge Avenger is built in the United States at the Sterling Heights, [Mich.] Assembly Plant.


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