Dodge Avenger Review & Ratings
- 4 August 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Dodge Avenger is classified as a mid-size sedan and uses front-wheel drive, manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation. This vehicle was listed as being one of the most affordable midsize sedans of 2014. The Avenger was first introduced to the North American market in 1995 as a 2-door coupe and production ran until 2000. This vehicle was re-introduced as a 4-door sports sedan beginning in late 2008. The 2014 model Avenger was the last one, with the Chrysler 200 taking its place for 2015.
Initially debuting as a 2-door coupe in North America, the Avenger was manufactured from 1995-2000 with a similar size and price range as the Dodge Daytona. This sedan, as well as the Chrysler Sebring, was manufactured by Diamond Star Motors or DSM, which was a joint venture between Chrysler Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors, with the result being the Mitsubishi Galant platform. The Avenger uses a 103.7” wheelbase and a 2.0 liter inline-four engine or a Mitsubishi 2.5 liter V6. The 4-cylinder model of this vehicle uses a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. The V6 engine in this car was only made available with the A604 transmission. There is also a fully independent wishbone suspension as well as variable speed rack and pinion steering.
There were some changes made to the Dodge Avenger starting in 1999, including ABS, which became standard for all ES models. The front fascia, rear bumper, and trunklid of these vehicles were also redesigned and changed. The newly facelifted Avenger also came with 16” wheels as well as a different placement for the license plate, moving from the decklid to the rear bumper. There was also a new V6 engine as well as an automatic transmission combination added to all Avenger models in 2000, and ABS was made offered as an option for all ES models. The 4-cylinder engine was removed from the 2000 model.
The Dodge Avenger made its return in February of 2007 as a MY2008 model, effectively replacing the Dodge Stratus. The Avenger as well as the redesigned Chrysler Sebring both share a similar Daimler/Chrysler/Mitsubishi Motors platform, which is named “JS”. The engine that is used in the SE and SXT trim levels of the Avenger is a 2.4 liter GEMA I4 naturally aspirated “World Engine”, which was the result of a joint venture between Daimler Chrysler, Hyundai, and Mitsubishi.
Some of the different features on the 2008 model Avenger include optional heated/cooled cup holders as well as a “Chill Zone” feature which offers additional storage space for as many as 12-US fl oz cans in the glove box, allowing drivers to chill them to a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Similar to the Dodge Journey, the exterior of the Avenger was styled by Chrysler’s own Ryan Nagode. The interior of this vehicle was styled by Ben S. Chang. The Avenger replaced the Charger as Dodge’s NASCAR model in 2007 for Car of Tomorrow races, earning its first ever victory with Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007.
The 2011 Avenger was redesigned and underwent a major overhaul, even compared to its 2008 predecessor. Some of the exterior changes that were made to this vehicle include a slightly revised sheetmetal with a crosshair grille that bore the Dodge logo, as well as a sleek bumper cut design. The redesigned dashboard consisted of a new instrument panel with a 6.5” navigation/media screen as well as high-quality soft-touch plastics for the dashboard, trim panels, and door. This model of the Avenger still uses the 173 horsepower 2.4 liter GEMA I4 engine, though it now comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission along with an optional 4-speed.