A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Dodge Avenger

The newly redesigned 2012 Dodge Avenger is a really impressive addition to the mid-size sedan market. This model is Dodge’s answer to the likes of the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, and while it may not have quite the same fuel ratings as the competition, it also has a much more impressive engine and suspension system, making it a lot more fun to drive without sacrificing too much in gas mileage.

Key Features

Our favorite feature of the 2012 Dodge Avenger is honestly the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine option. This engine has the power of some V8s, and it runs as smoothly as a Mercedes or a Lexus. In addition to a great engine, you can also enjoy Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system with auxiliary audio input, USB port, and voice recognition, as well as Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Changes for 2012

Dodge dropped its old trim names and levels in 2012 and replaced them with new ones – SE, SXT, SXT Plus, and a new R/T level, which is performance-oriented for a powerful ride that car enthusiasts will love.

What We Like

The Dodge Avenger has the look and feel of a true American muscle car, but you can get it on a much tighter budget than the higher-end Dodge Charger.

What Concerns Us

While you don’t have to sacrifice a lot in the fuel economy department when you choose the 2012 Dodge Avenger, most people looking for family sedans are going to be looking at gas mileage. Likewise, while it has a unique and sporty look, it’s not the most modern car on the road and doesn’t have some of the features (like a manual transmission) that some car enthusiasts and everyday drivers look for.

Available Models

Whatever trim level you decide on, you’ll have your choice of a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V6. The 4-cylinder has 173 horsepower at 6000 RPM and 166 lb-ft of torque at 4400 RPM, and it’s rated at 21/30 MPG (city/highway) for the 4-speed automatic and 20/31 for the 6-speed automatic.

The V6 has 283 horsepower at 6400 RPM and 260 lb-ft of torque at 4400 RPM, and it’s rated at 19/29 MPG running on gasoline and 14/21 running on E85.

Major Recalls

A few models have been recalled to address an issue with the head restraints failing to deploy during accidents.

Most Common Issues

The most common complaints from 2012 Dodge Avenger owners have to do with the heater failing to work properly. Some have also reported steering issues with their vehicles.

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