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Dodge Avenger

Motor vehicle

The Dodge Avenger is a front-wheel drive, mid-sizedsedan that was marketed by Dodge. The Avenger made its North American debut in 1994 as a two-door coupe that was produced until 2000. The model name was reintroduced to the market as a four-door sports sedan starting in 2007.

The 2014 model year marked the end of Avenger production as the mid-sized models for both the Dodge and Chrysler brands were consolidated into the new 2015 Chrysler 200[1] while Dodge received the new compact Dart.[2]

Dodge Avenger Coupe (1995–2000)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Dodge Avenger Coupe
Dodge-Avenger-coupe.jpg
Also calledChrysler Sebring coupe
Production1994–2000
Model years1995–2000
AssemblyNormal, Illinois, United States (DSM)
DesignerDaniel Sims (1991)
ClassSport compact
Body style2-door coupe
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
PlatformChrysler FJ platform
RelatedEagle Talon
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Engine2.0 L 420AI4
2.5 L 6G73V6
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed Ultradrive 41TE automatic
Wheelbase103.7 in (2,634 mm)
Length190.2 in (4,831 mm) (1998–2000)
187.2 in (4,755 mm) (1994–97)
Width69.1 in (1,755 mm) (1998–2000)
68.5 in (1,740 mm) (1994–97)
Height53.0 in (1,346 mm) (1998–2000)
51 in (1,295 mm) (1994–97)
PredecessorDodge Stealth, Dodge Daytona
SuccessorDodge Stratus coupe

Introduced as a two-door coupe in North America, the Dodge Avenger was built from 1994 to 2000 in a similar size and price class as the Dodge Daytona, which was discontinued in 1994.

The Avenger, along with the similar Chrysler Sebring coupe, was built by Diamond Star Motors (DSM), a joint venture between Chrysler Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors, on a version of the Mitsubishi Galant platform (which also spawned the similar Mitsubishi Eclipse). Chrysler sold its equity stake to Mitsubishi in 1993, and Diamond-Star Motors was renamed to Mitsubishi Motors Manufacturing America (MMMA) on July 1, 1995. Avengers and Sebring coupes built from 1994 to 1996 both have DSM markings in their engine compartments.

The Avenger was built on a 103.7 in (2,634 mm) wheelbase and used either a 2.0 L inline-four engine (the Chrysler 420A) or a Mitsubishi-designed 2.5 L V6. The four-cylinder was coupled to either a five-speed manual transmission, shared with the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Eagle Talon, or a four-speed automatic. The V6 engine was only available with the A604 automatic transmission.[3] The Avengers featured a fully independent double wishbone suspension and variable-speed rack-and-pinion steering.

Trims included the Highline base model (V6 among other options made standard in 2000) and the ES.

Model year changes[edit]

1995[edit]

A DOHC 16-valve 2.0 L I4 engine (140 hp, 130 lb⋅ft (176 N⋅m) of torque) is standard. A SOHC 24-valve 2.5 L V6 engine and an automatic transmission (155 hp, 160 lb⋅ft (217 N⋅m) of torque) are made optional on the ES. Fog lamps and ABS are optional on the ES.

1996[edit]

Power and torque ratings for the V6 are increased (163 horsepower, 170 lb⋅ft (230 N⋅m). torque), and the ES coupes had new seat fabric.

1997[edit]

Standard were 16-inch wheels and the license plate was moved from the decklid to the rear bumper. The front and rear fasciae were redesigned. A Sport model was introduced (in addition to the base and ES). The Avenger Sport package consisted of exclusive 16-inch aluminum wheels and a body-color spoiler. This appearance package was available on the base model.

A body-color rear spoiler, P215/50HR17 tires, and 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels were added for the ES. The V6 is also standard for the ES, as well as rear disc brakes.

1998[edit]

An on-board recycling vapor recovery system, cafe latte exterior color, and a black and gray interior color combination are added.

1999[edit]

Next-generation driver and front passenger airbags are added, as well as a new exterior color: Shark Blue. The V6 engine and automatic transmission are standard on all models in mid-year, as well as several options. An antilock braking system (ABS) was used in all ES models to 1999.

2000[edit]

In 2000, the V6 and automatic transmission combination was made standard on all Avengers, and ABS was made an "option" for ES models. The four-cylinder engine was discontinued for 2000. Standard features, that had previously been optional, included power windows and locks. Base models added cruise control and 4-wheel disc brakes. ES coupes now come with standard leather upholstery, keyless remote entry, and a power driver's seat.

Replacement[edit]

The coupe did not achieve high sales numbers, so in 2000 the Avenger was discontinued. It was replaced by the Dodge Stratus coupe for 2001. This model was also made at the former Diamond Star plant by Mitsubishi, using the Eclipse platform and architecture, though the Stratus sedan was engineered and built by Chrysler.

Dodge Avenger sedan (2007–2014)[edit]

Motor vehicle

The Dodge Avenger nameplate was reused in February 2007 as a 2008 model year[4] sedan to replace the Dodge Stratus, whose coupe version had replaced the original Avenger in 2001.

Like its Dodge Journey stablemate, the Avenger's exterior was styled by Chrysler's Ryan Nagode.[5] The interior was styled by Ben S. Chang.[6]

The Avenger was officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on September 28, 2006, as a concept car. It was launched in Europe and was sold in the United Kingdom, filling a gap in the Chrysler range that was left by the Neon's demise four years earlier. It was also launched in Australia, although with only the 2.4 L engine. The Avenger was discontinued in that market in 2010 due to slow sales. The 2007-2014 models were sold widely in New Zealand.

In the US, the Avenger was launched with a 30-second television advertisement, "Tuned Up", that debuted Sunday, March 4, 2007, during NHL hockey, an ad in which a lab technician discovers he can play "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple on the Avenger's transmission. Another television spot likened the Avenger to the "superhero" vehicle for the everyman, depicting a driver piloting his Avenger through Gotham-like streets and alleys, speaking to the MyGig entertainment system in distinctly Batman-reminiscent tones, to arrive home, pull into a two-car garage, and open the rear door to a sleeping child in the rear car seat.[7]

According to some reports, the Avenger, along with the redesigned Chrysler Sebring, shares a DaimlerChrysler/Mitsubishi Motors platform called JS, which used the Mitsubishi GS as a starting point. The base engine in the SE and SXT trim levels was the 2.4 L GEMA I4 naturally aspirated "World Engine", a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai. Additional engines included an optional 2.7 L V6 in the SXT and a standard 3.5 L V6 in the R/T trim level. In addition to the 2.4 L World Engine and the V6s, export vehicles were offered with the 2.0 L naturally aspirated World Engine, as well as a 2.0 L turbocharged diesel (Pumpe-Düse) made by Volkswagen.[6] As a 2008 model, the Dodge Avenger came to showrooms in February 2007.

Features on the new Avenger included optional heated/cooled cup holders and Dodge's new "Chill Zone", a feature that comes standard on all Avenger models, which can store up to four 12-US-fl oz cans in the glove box and chill them to 40°F.[8]

The Avenger competed directly with the Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion, with the 2007 and later Chrysler Sebring being aimed at the higher-priced American cars such as the Mercury Milan, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura.

2009[edit]

In the 2009 model year, like its Caliber, Charger, Grand Caravan, Journey, and Nitro models, the "AVENGER" badge at the trunk lid's left was repositioned to the right side to make way for "DODGE" at the left.

Following Fiat's takeover of Chrysler Group, marketing of the Avenger was discontinued in the United Kingdom, but sales continued in the Republic of Ireland and Western Europe until late 2009. This new version continued with SE and SXT trim levels and is not badged the same way as North American or the South American versions, although sales continued there until late 2009 following Fiat's takeover of Chrysler Group.

2011[edit]

For the 2011 model year, the Avenger received its first major overhaul since its 2008 reintroduction. Exterior changes include slightly revised sheet metal with a new crosshair grille displaying the new Dodge logo on the lower right corner of the grille, a sleeker bumper cut design, and standard LED combination taillights. Changes to the interior are more noticeable with a completely redesigned dashboard and instrument panel featuring an available 6.5-inch navigation/media center screen. Higher-quality soft-touch plastics for dashboard, door, and trim panels replace the old materials, which were criticized for their poor fit and finish quality, as well as being unpleasant to the touch. The seats receive better cushioning and higher-grade upholstery. Two-tone interior color combinations were available.[9]

Mechanically, the 2011 Avenger came standard with the existing 173 hp (129 kW) 2.4 L GEMA I4, although it was now paired with a six-speed automatic, as well as the option of the previous four-speed. Also available was the new 3.6 L Pentastar V6, which generates 283 hp (211 kW) and 260 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m) of torque. The suspension was revised to improve handling and ride quality.[9] Trim level designations were replaced by Express, Mainstreet, Lux, and Heat models.[10]

The Dodge Avenger was ranked the "Most American Made" sedan by the American University's Kogod School of Business 2013 Made in America Auto Index.[11] The Dodge Avenger also has an overall rating of 6.7.[12]

Trims[edit]

2008-2010 model dashboard
Avenger SXT rear view, 2011-2013 model
  • SE: (2007–2009, 2012–2013) The "base" trim level from 2007-2009, and then again from 2012-2013.
    • 2.4 L GEMA I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT 4-speed automatic
  • SXT: (2007–2010, 2012–2013) The "volume" trim level from 2007-2010, and again from 2012-2013.
    • 2.4 L GEMA I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT 4-speed automatic
    • 2.7 L EER V6 DOHC 24-valve MPI 4-speed automatic
    • 2.4 L GEMA I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT 6-speed automatic

3.6L Pentastar

  • SXT Plus: (2012) One of the more "uplevel" trim levels in 2012. Discontinued after 2012.
    • 3.6 L Pentastar V6 DOHC 24V MPI 6-speed automatic
  • R/T: (2007–2010, 2012–2013) At first the "top-of-the-line" trim level from 2007-2010, and then the "performance-oriented" trim level from 2012-2013.
    • 3.5 L EGF V6 24V MPI 6-speed automatic
    • 3.6 L Pentastar V6 DOHC 24V MPI 6-speed automatic
  • R/T AWD: (2007–2009)
    • 3.5 L EGF High Output V6 24V MPI 6-speed automatic
  • Express: (2010-2011) Replaces SE as basic trim level from 2010-2011. Discontinued after 2011.
    • 2.4 L GEMA I4 DOHC 16V MPI 4-speed automatic
  • Mainstreet: (2011) Replaces SXT as one of the more "basic" trim levels in 2011, and then discontinued after 2011.
    • 2.4 L GEMA I4 DOHC 16V MPI 6-speed automatic
  • Lux: (2011) Replaces SXT Plus as one of the "uplevel" trims in 2011, and then discontinued after 2011.
    • 2.4 L GEMA I4 DOHC 16V MPI 6-speed automatic
    • 3.6 L Pentastar V6 DOHC 24V MPI 6-speed automatic
  • Heat: (2011) Replaces SXT Plus as one of the "uplevel" trim levels in 2011, and then discontinued after 2011.
    • 3.6 L Pentastar V6 DOHC 24V MPI 6-speed automatic

Total sales[edit]

YearU.S.CanadaMexicoEurope
2007[13]83,8047,067[14]8,091[15]884[16]
2008[17]61,9638,525[18]2,990
2009[19]38,9225,5333,5921,212
2010[20]50,9233,4953,690423
2011[21]64,0234,6804,147
2012[22]96,8904,8583,748
2013[23]93,8427,6313,119[24]
2014[25]51,705488631[26]
2015 1,268[27]835[28]
2016 45N/A
2019 1N/A
Subtotal543,38533,76035,5785,509
Sales Total 618,232

Safety[edit]

The 2008 to 2013 Avenger, also sold as the Chrysler Sebring from 2008 to 2010, and the Chrysler 200 from 2011 to 2013, received an overall "Good" rating by the IIHS indicating no significant injuries. In the small overlap test, the car received an overall "Acceptable" rating due to marginal dummy kinematics and slight intrusion into the passenger compartment. In the side test, the Avenger earns a "Good" rating, however, rib fractures would be possible for the driver. In the roof strength evaluation, it earns a "Good" rating, as well as its head restraints and seats.

The Avenger earned the "Top Safety Pick" award in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 as well as earned the "Top Safety Pick+" award in 2013.[29]

Discontinuation[edit]

The discontinuation of the Dodge Avenger was announced by the automaker in early 2014, along with the end of the Chrysler 200 convertible model.[30] The final 2014 model year Avengers were produced during first quarter 2014.[31]

Motorsport[edit]

The first-generation Dodge Avenger body style was widely used in the National Hot Rod Association and earned the most prominence driven by Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion from 1994 to 2000 as the Dodge Boys.[32]

The coupe was used for the 1994 and 1995 incarnations of the International Race of Champions.[33][34] Although Dodge was IROC's car of choice since 1990, Dodge dropped out of this racing series after the 1995 season.[35][36]

Avenger sheet metal was also used on race cars by several ARCA race teams from 1995 to 2000.[37]

The Avenger replaced the Charger as Dodge's car for the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Season. It appeared in Dodge Avenger grille, headlights, and taillights as the standard "spec" Car of Tomorrow (CoT) model.[38] It got its first win with former Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya in the 2007 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway.

In 2008, the Dodge CoT appearance was changed back to the Charger model.

Notes[edit]

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First Test: 2011 Dodge Avenger

Avenging Done Right

Dodge Avenger Full Overview

Let's cut to the chase. The last Dodge Avenger, introduced in 2008, was anything but a leader in the midsize sedan pack. Chrysler's four-door was mostly distinguished by its less than stellar traits: twitchy handling, eyesore cabin treatments, and a lackluster V-6. For 2011, things have changed dramatically.

Designers have refined the Avenger's sheetmetal, modifying the split crosshair nose with a flared lower section for an athletic touch. All-LED taillamps add a modern feel to the plain rear. The range-topping Lux trim we tested rode on chrome 18-inch alloys wrapped in all-season tires, and sported front foglights.

An overhaul of Chrysler D-platform's suspension eliminated the old model's jerky ride. The Avenger's tracks were widened (to 61.7 inches front, 62.7 inches rear),the ride lowered (by 0.47 inches front, 0.24 inches rear), and the tires beefed up (225 mm vs. 215 mm). New bushings (26 of 30 have been replaced) and recalibrated anti-roll bars and dampers improve road feel as well.

After a few days of driving, we enjoyed the Avenger's comfortable and communicative ride, which absorbed even the nastiest of pavement cracks. Though it continued to lean in corners, the Avenger was unexpectedly poised. Its 3563 pounds smoothly transitioned from kink to kink.

Steering also benefitted from major changes. New steering gears and pump, plus a higher ratio, provided a more precise feel. Chrysler's chassis tweaks produce a very fun sedan.

Such high entertainment value can also be attributed to the all-new 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar with 260 pound-feet of pull. As one might expect, the DOHC Pentastar touts a bevy of improvements (variable valve timing, aluminum exhaust manifolds, forged connecting rods, and a die-cast aluminum block) that best the outgoing 3.5-liter's efficiency and fuel economy ratings (now at an estimated 19 mpg city, 29 mpg highway).

While the Lux's twin chrome pipes didn't fill our ears with a sonorous burble, its responsive attitude did put smiles on staffers' faces (90% of torque is available between 1600 rpm and 6400 rpm). Engage the slick six-speed 62TE automatic gearbox, plant your right foot, and 60 mph arrives in a respectable 6.3 seconds. Continue the run and a quarter mile flashes by in 14.8 seconds at 94.9 mph (versus 15.5 seconds at 88.6 mph). The Avenger demolishes the outgoing car's figure eight time by nearly a second to 27.3 seconds at an average g load of 0.62 g. Braking and lateral acceleration were nearly identical at 127 feet (compared to 129 feet) and average 0.82 g (compared to an average 0.80 g) marks.

The cabin, too, has evolved. Gone are the boring colors and bargain-basement materials. Instead, vivid blues, reds, and whites; detailed instruments; and higher grade hides and soft plastics adorn the interior.

Also gone is the tire and powertrain droning of years past. Engineers incorporated 45 new sound-deadening treatments (including an acoustic windshield and laminated glass) to ensure in-cabin conversations between passengers can be held at a comfortable volume. The Lux also has a colorful, easy-to-use 6.5-inch Media Center 430N system with Garmin Navigation and a 30-gigabyte hard drive.

Auburn Hills has finally done the Avenger right. The midsizer now offers the performance, comfort, and appeal to help move it into class contention. Consider the shortcomings of yesteryear's model avenged.

Looks good! More details?
2011 Dodge Avenger
Base price $23,545
Price as Tested $26,485
Vehicle layout Front engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight (f/r dist) 3563 lb (61/39%)
Wheelbase 108.9 in
Length x width x height 192.6 x 72.8 x 58.4 in
0-60 mph 6.3 sec
Quarter mile 14.8 sec @ 94.9 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 127 ft
Lateral Acceleration 0.82 g (avg)
MT Figure Eight 27.3 sec @ 0.62 g (avg)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 19/29 (est)
CO2 emissions 0.86 lb/mile (est)
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Dodge’s name for its mid-size sedan, borrowed from a World War II torpedo bomber—among other things—has always been a little mystifying. Avenging what? Adding zingy new designations for the various trim levels—Express (base), Mainstreet, Heat, Lux—didn’t clarify things much. Nevertheless, the revitalized Avenger makes a stronger case for itself than its predecessor, which has toiled in deserved anonymity since its introduction in 2008.

To be unkind, improving on the earlier Avenger was not one of the major techno challenges of the automotive age. In the Avenger’s most recent Car and Driver appearance, a four-cylinder SXT finished seventh of seven in a mid-size-sedan all-skate—not only last, but a distant last. Of 23 scoring categories, subjective and objective, it was tops in only one—lowest as-tested price—and its logbook was unusually rich in caustic test-crew commentary. One scribbler equated the sound of its engine with “walnuts in a Cuisinart.” Commenting on the hard interior plastics, another cautioned colleagues to “watch what your elbows bang into, because it’s gonna hurt.”

PATRICK M. HOEY

Now versus Then

But let us not dwell on the past. Thanks to a fresh lease on life, new management, and an infusion of creative energy from Fiat, Chrysler is busily revitalizing its product lineup, and the Avenger is one of the first beneficiaries. It’s not a total makeover, but it’s close. The wheelbase is unchanged at 108.9 inches, but the car is now 1.7 inches longer, an inch wider, and 0.5 inch lower, with static ride height reduced by 0.5 inch up front and 0.2 out back. It’s that good old “longer, lower, wider” mantra. Add nearly an inch to the track at the rear, and you have a more athletic stance, regardless of what happens with the sheetmetal.

As for that, the look—think small-scale Dodge Charger—is familiar. There are revisions to the lower front fascia, which incorporates new projector-beam fog lamps; minor tweaks to the going-away view; and a little refining of the trademark crosshair grille. More important, the all-new interior goes from strip-mall tacky to attractively contemporary, in terms of design and fit and finish. The color scheme in our test car was still reminiscent of midnight in a coal mine, but the instrument package looks decidedly more sophisticated, and the materials are first-rate, strikingly upscale from the hard plastics and unforgiving surfaces in the previous Avenger.

PATRICK M. HOEY

V-6 Punch

If the refurbished interior impresses potential buyers, a test drive could seal the deal, at least for those who strap themselves in behind the Avenger’s new V-6 option. Is a good car made better by a power increase? Not necessarily. Is it easier to like? Hey, you have to ask?

The Avenger’s previous 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 was tepid by mid-size-sedan standards: 235 hp, 232 lb-ft of torque. Its successor, the new Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 with dual overhead cams, 24 valves, and variable valve timing, is rated at 283 hp and 260 lb-ft. Mated to Chrysler’s six-speed automatic, the 3.6 hustles the 3585-pound Avenger to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 15.0 seconds at 91 mph. That’s good enough to put the Avenger among the quicker in its class. The other good news: improved fuel economy. The EPA rates the new V-6 at 19 mpg city and 29 highway versus 16/27 for the 3.5. We managed only 19, but your mileage will undoubtedly vary—upward.

Fancier Footwork

Like its powertrain, the Avenger’s chassis has been upgraded. It gets revised suspension bushings, higher-rate springs, retuned damping, and wider footprints: 225/50-18 Goodyear Eagle LS2 all-seasons on our test car. The variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering augments these updates. It’s quick—2.9 turns lock-to-lock—and tactile, contributing to a level of overall response that’s more decisive than the previous Avenger’s. Unfortunately, that rack gets bossed around by the Pentastar, with torque steer startling many of our drivers at their first stop-light launch.

The words “sports sedan” are a stretch here. But the Avenger Heat is certainly competent by contemporary standards, a family sedan with respectable crash-avoidance credentials—as well as respectable family-sedan ride quality. Allied with the latter, extensive sound-deadening work pays off with exceptionally quiet highway operation, a major comfort component.

PATRICK M. HOEY

Aside from the torque steer, the only dynamic debits are caveats in otherwise satisfactory areas: the brakes and the transmission. Although the “sports sedan” appellation does apply to the 169-foot stops we recorded from 70 to 0 mph—in a recent roundup including a couple of the Avenger’s leading competitors, the shortest stopper needed 12 more feet than the Dodge—we were less impressed by the squishy pedal. Not a good thing in a car with fewer than 4000 miles on the odo.

Shifts from the six-speed are reasonably prompt by torque-converter standards and are agreeably smooth. If the transmission seems to be in a hurry to get into top gear, that’s typical in an age of tightening fuel-economy standards. However, drivers hoping for a bit of sports-sedan flavor will be disappointed with this trans. Manual operation is via Chrysler’s old AutoStick shifter, which waggles side to side to effect up- and downshifts.

Value Points

The previous Avenger’s one strong suit was value—low price, lots of features. That’s still a strength, even with considerable development investment to recoup—not to mention government loans to pay off. The Avenger starts at $19,995. The Heat starts at $24,495 and adds the V-6 and six-speed auto, 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, a decklid spoiler, and a 30-gig hard-drive media center with a touchscreen. To that, this car added Blackberry Pearl paint (no BlackBerry Pearl phone included) for $295 and Bluetooth with Uconnect for $360, bringing the total to $25,150. That’s closer to the mid-size mainstream than the Avenger used to be. But so is the car.

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED: $25,150 (base price: $24,495)

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection

Displacement: 220 cu in, 3605 cc
Power (SAE net): 283 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 260 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 108.9 in Length: 192.6 in
Width: 72.8 in Height: 58.4 in
Curb weight: 3585 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 6.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 18.6 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 6.3 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.0 sec @ 91 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 119 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 169 ft

FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city/highway driving: 19/29 mpg
C/D observed: 19 mpg

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