How did Dodge enter the fierce competition in the midsize sedan segment in 2014? Its midsize entrant, the Avenger, carries with it a pleasant cabin, a muscle-car-like appeal, admirable driving experience, 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a V6 engine and an acceptable price tag as it steps in as a 2014 model.
NEW FOR THE 2014 AVENGER
- Blacktop and Rallye Packages
UNDER THE HOOD
A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque is standard on the 2014 Dodge Avenger SE and SXT. The SE comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission while the SXT has a 6-speed automatic, which is optional on the former. Front-wheel drive is standard on all Avengers.
The Avenger R/T gets a 3.6-liter V6 engine which puts out 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Paired with only a 6-speed automatic transmission, this engine is also optional on the SXT.
The EPA-estimated fuel economy figures for the 2014 Dodge Avenger are as follows:
|2.4-liter 4-cyl w/ 4-spd automatic||21/29/24|
|2.4-liter 4-cyl w/ 6-spd automatic||20/31/23|
ON THE ROAD
The Avenger feels underpowered with the base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. The engine, however, can meet your needs if you stick with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Strong performance comes with the top-of-the-line 3.6-liter V6 engine which returns acceptable fuel economy.
The SE and SXT models are fun to drive. The touring suspension provides a comfortable ride and satisfactory handling. The sport suspension in the R/T is firmer and reduces ride comfort. Steering is nicely weighted but not as sharp as the steering in competing sedans.
INSIDE THE 2014 AVENGER
Most reviewers agree that the front seats are comfortable. But some noted that they feel elevated which designers do to create more legroom. Rear seats are cramped. Rear visibility is quite poor because of the thick roof pillars. Add to that the absence of a rear park assist system or a rearview camera, both of which could have made up for this negative.
As for cargo space, the 60/40 split folding rear seats surely help. But with them up, the trunk is just a small 13.4-cubic-foot.
The 2014 Dodge Avenger has three trim offerings: SE, SXT and R/T. Enumerated below are some standard features that go with each model and the options you can purchase to enhance your Avenger.
SE: touring suspension, 60/40 split folding rear seat, tilt/telescoping steering column, 4-speaker Uconnect AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, 17-inch steel wheels, LED taillights, cruise control, cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, security alarm, ambient LED interior lighting, 6 airbags
SXT: automatic climate control, instrument cluster with display screen, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, trip computer, satellite radio, 6-speaker audio system, auxiliary audio jack, 17-inch aluminum wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, 8-way power driver seat, overhead console, remote start, heated front seats
R/T: sport suspension, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Boston Acoustics audio system (with DVD capability, 40GB hard drive, 6.5-inch touchscreen and remote USB port) Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, 18-inch aluminum wheels, performance power steering, performance seats with red stitching or Z-strip inserts, red ambient interior lighting, unique instrument panel
Blacktop Package: dark-tinted headlights, rear spoiler, Gloss Black grille, black 18-inch aluminum wheels
Rallye Appearance Group: 18-inch aluminum wheels, rear spoiler, dark-tinted headlights
Options: power sunroof, navigation system
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