The 2014 Dodge Avenger stands out for design, but falls short in practically all various other aspects in a group of highly-competitive, ever-improving mid-size sedans. It’s boosted from the days where the only Avengers found lived on the rental whole lots, however similar to its Chrysler 200 cousin, it’s an instance of insufficient, late.
The Avenger acquired Chrysler’s solid Pentastar V-6 in 2011, along with a retuned suspension and enhanced interior. It’s definitely a much better auto than it has been, but competitors like the Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion has essentially left it in the dirt.
Exactly what we’re reasonably certain of is that, especially after a mild retouch a couple of years back, the Avenger’s exterior looks eye-catching and stands out. Inside, Dodge provided the log cabin appointments a bit a lot more polish a couple of years earlier, with some better outlining and soft-touch materials around the dash, but the lesser half of the dashboard was mainly left unblemished.
2014 Dodge Avenger Styling
The 2014 Avenger could look stealthily small as compared to several of the newer mid-size styles, with their elongated rooflines, however it’s arguably regarding the very same dimension as a Sonata or Optima. Front seats are comfortable and a bit on the broad side, however they lack considerably back assistance; in back there’s adequate legroom, although the mini-Charger roofline could make it really feel a bit confining. Entry and leave can be an issue in the back seat, too, thanks to high sills and a reduced roofline.
Dodge has actually lessened prices on the top-of-the-line R/T model; it added leather and heated seats to the SXT alternatives listing for 2013. The base Avenger SE consists of a/c; energy home windows, locks and mirrors; 17-inch wheels; a split-folding back seat; and cloth upholstery, but it’s the only design in the lineup to be encumbered a four-speed automatic.
The SXT includes a power motorist’s seat, 17-inch alloys, fog lights, leather trim, automated climate control, heated mirrors, and much more. A Bluetooth hands-free user interface is doing not have from much of the schedule, yet satellite radio and a USB port are standard or optional on all models, and a site navigation device is now provided on the Avenger, as is a Boston Acoustics costs sound system.
Engine and Performance
For the majority of day-to-day customers, the 2.4-liter, 173-horsepower four-cylinder and four-speed automatic ought to be skipped right over and left to the rental fleets. The four-cylinder engine and six-speed automated– the default combination throughout the majority of the remainder of the model line– is fairly perky, yet there’s a little bit as well much coarseness at times. Or else, the 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that’s optional is a large upgrade, with a solid, smooth demeanor. Many of the time, the six-speed automated is an excellent friend, with smooth changes under full-throttle acceleration, yet in lighter-duty driving there’s some shuddering and indecision.
Additionally, the V-6 has a little bit of an issue with torque guide. The Avenger has out-of-date hydraulic energy steering, and a lower trip height in front than in back; with each other they give it suitable roadway manners and responses, but it’s not delighted and taut at most data rates.
Just what to Expect From the 2015 Dodge Avenger?
There are no official specifics on the next-gen Avenger, except for the truth that it will share its standard property with the future 2nd generation Chrysler 200 sedan. As the midsize sedan segment ends up being a lot more competitive, Dodge is certainly intending to make the brand-new 2015 Avenger the king of the segment. That means we can expect an automobile with excellent gas economic climate, a strong design, impressive refinement, and a bit of the high-performance spirit that determines the Dodge lineup.
Safety has actually been a locations where the Avenger does not let down. It’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and it has curtain airbags and security control. On the other hand, with the roofline blocking exposure, there’s no rearview camera or blind-spot screen.