2010 Dodge Avenger
2010 Dodge Avenger Overview
2010 Dodge Avenger Review
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Reviewed by Internet Auto Guide
The 2010 Dodge Avenger is perhaps the most masculine-looking midsize sedan on the market, but Dodge's sub par offering in this hyper-competitive segment is a slow-seller that's usually moved to rental-car lots. The few that are bought by individual customers are sold at steep discounts, so if you're looking for an affordable midsize sedan and don't care much about interior quality of powertrain refinement, the Avenger is one to consider.
Separated from the rest of the segment by its aggressive styling, the Avenger does stand out on the road, its reputation largely precedes it and many on the road will assume its a rental. Interior quality was improved some for 2009, including greatly upgraded acoustics that reduce noise, but it still lags far behind the segment leaders.
Other drawbacks include the dated design of the available navigation system and underpowered optional V-6 engine. Base SXT model is surprisingly stripped-down considering its base price, so the substantially feature-richer but only slightly more expensive R/T is the one to get.
- Bodystyles: Sedan
- Engines: 2.4L I-4, 3.5L V-6
- Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic
The available incentives are about the only thing that has changed about the 2010 Dodge Avenger. The sedan was heavily revised for 2009 and thus bankrupt Chrysler did not direct any of its sparse resources towards tweaking it 2010. Even the exterior color options remain unchanged.
The 2010 Dodge Avenger's looks much like its bigger and more popular Charger sibling. Its appearance is punctuated by Dodge's signature crosshair grille and heavily-flared quarter panels, but this design is not for everyone.
Infamously low-rent interior is highlighted by the standard air-conditioned "Chill Zone" storage compartment that can fit four 12-ounce cans, optional 276-watt Boston Acoustics stereo and available premium headliner with directional LED lamps.
Performance & Handling
The 2010 Dodge Avenger's 2.5L I-4 puts out a respectable 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque but is held back considerably by its dated 4-speed auto. Aging 3.5L V-6 gets a 6-speed auto with a manual-shift mode but makes just 235 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. Both engines return below-average fuel economy with more noise and harshness.
The 2010 Dodge Avenger is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and comes standard with front seat belt pretensioners, front-seat thorax airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags. Electronic stability control optional on R/T models.
EPA Fuel Economy
- SXT, R/T I-4: 21 mpg city/30 mpg hwy
- R/T V-7: 16 mpg city/27 mpg hwy
You Won't Like
- Low-rent interior
- Dated, unrefined powertrains
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