We recently received a Deep Water Blue Pearl 2009 Dodge Avenger SXT in our Top Speed test fleet. The Avenger is the smallest sedan in the Chrysler lineup and because of that it carries a few styling cues from its larger brother, the Charger. Aside from the captivating pearlescent paint our Avenger’s most attractive feature are the blistered fender flares that house 18 inch thick five spoke rims and the bold hump in the rear quarter panel that gives this little front wheel drive four door the stance of a bona fide muscle car along with the sharp front lip and rear wing.

Initial thoughts: 2009 Dodge Avenger SXT
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The Avenger’s seats are wrapped in stain resistant black cloth while almost every other surface is made out of some kind of plastic, but the Dodge design team did manage to dress it up with some shiny trim in a few key places, like on the door speaker, handle and lock. Our Avenger SXT also comes with a few nice interior appointments like Chrysler’s uconnect multimedia GPS system that incorporates the radio, hard disk navigation unit and Sirius real time traffic information into a well laid out touch screen display right in front of the driver. Just below that piece of user friendly technology is one of the coolest cup holders in any vehicle, because it will either heat or chill your beverage depending on what you want it to do.

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Initial thoughts: 2009 Dodge Avenger SXT
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Our Avenger is powered by a very forward thinking Flexfuel E85 compatible 2.7 Liter 24 Valve V6 that makes 187 HP and is mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission. The combination is good for 19 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. The 2009 Dodge Avenger starts at $21,500, but after adding on the extra charges for the: pearl paint, premium convenience group, wheel and tire package, electronic stability program, 2.7 Liter V6, power sunroof, uconnect GPS and the destination charge; our well equipped Avenger retails for $27,955. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

Initial thoughts: 2009 Dodge Avenger SXT
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  (692) posted on 12.28.2010

I guess its marginally better, but its still shockingly bad. By comparison, I drove an older Scion today, and while certainly the definition of eco-car - it felt okay in there. It didn’t feel like you were part of a rubber maid experiment from the 80s, forced to try to take on a characteristic of the late 90s.

  (341) posted on 10.4.2010

A sporty, roomy, non-king size American off-road at last! This model and the Edge are proof that those five points aren’t mutually exclusive. Now if they could make smaller ones...

Naterade22  (238) posted on 09.27.2009

Or buy an Nissan Altima S that will last a lot longer, get more horsepower, torque and better mpg, for only about a grand more.

Naterade22  (182) posted on 09.27.2009

If I would buy only one car for a lifetime, I would certainly buy this one. Its simple but grand in performance. The exterior design is simple so that means it won’t be faced out that soon.

Naterade22  (177) posted on 09.27.2009

The first Dodger Avenger was a two door coupe. It was a venture between Chrysler and Mitsubishi. And its a good thing that they have decided to make it a full blown 4-door sedan. It looks so much better.

Naterade22  (182) posted on 09.27.2009

At least the car is making it big when it comes to its performance. Besides, its environment friendly given that it runs on E85.

Naterade22  (180) posted on 09.27.2009

The price is not that bad, yes that’s true. But there’s nothing special about the car. Look at the design. It’s not really that nice.

TJKEON  (138) posted on 09.25.2009

$21,500 isn’t a bad price to pay for the avenger, but the additional $6,500 for the car is getting a little demanding

juliabaciu  (14) posted on 09.25.2009

I like technology that uses a new 2009 Dodge Avenger SXT and $ 21,500 is not a large sum, considering the car’s performance.

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