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Car Review: 2011 Dodge Avenger

Posted May 06, 2011 8:30 AM by CarDomain

One thing is for sure. The 2011 Dodge Avenger is vastly superior to the outgoing model. While you're driving it, the Avenger feels sturdy but unrefined, like a car made of wooden planks. Still, while the car has some great qualities that carry throughout the entire Avenger lineup, at the Lux trim level it's clearly a car that's aimed at a demographic other than the automotive enthusiast.

One thing that Dodge got right was the improved dash. Though big and bench-like, it's subtly more curvy than the previous Avenger's featureless slab. One thing I didn't love was the seating, which smelled even worse than most leather interiors with a nearly overpowering tanning-chemical reek. You'll probably want to let it off gas with the windows open for awhile.

Chassis-wise, the Avenger has a similarly rough-and-ready feel that contradicts its luxury pretensions. The ride is almost truck-like, though not harsh; it just pops and rumbles over the bad roads, not uncomfortable but not excessively cushy either. It feels tall, even though it's been lowered all the way around for the 2011 model year.

With the 2.4L 4-cylinder, the Avenger was distinctly underpowered. The motor produced quite a bit of noise to compensate for that fact (pleasantly surprising in a supposedly ultra-insulated luxury interior), but it wasn't fooling anyone. I guess you could say it was sufficiently powered for someone who just wants to putt-putt around and look for parking spaces at the shopping mall.

At the end of the day, I don't really get why you'd take an Avenger of all things and try to make it a luxury car. It's built to be a little beat-and-bang runabout, not a luxo-barge: that's what the 300 or even the Charger are for, and those cars do a more credible job of it than the Avenger can reasonably be expected to.

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05/06/2011 1:06 PM

"...like a car made of wooden planks. Still, while the car has some great qualities..."

What? Qualities like when fuel oil gets so expensive you can burn the car in your fireplace?

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05/06/2011 11:23 PM

OK, so what's the GPM? Standard/Auto? Does it have cruise? A/C? Wooden spokes! The Model A got 8 MPG, the 1963 VW got 29MPG. My 1983 Mitusbishi got 55MPG "If I was nice to it". Otherwise it got 48MPG. If I was nasty off the line and through the gears, 33MPG. I wan;t my car back... 375,xxx miles killed it... I would buy another now. My Silverado gets 18.3MPG... Time to go Electric!

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05/07/2011 12:32 AM

I used to build the Doge Avenger/Chrysler Sebring at the Mitsubishi/Chrysler plant in Normal, Illinois.

We built all the cars [Eclipse, Gallant, Avenger and Sebring] on the same chasis platform. Performance was delightful.

At that time, the plant was a 'transplant' in partnership with Chrysler. The U.S. government would not let Mitsubishi build the plant on its own, but had to have a U.S. auto manufacturer sponsor.

The Mitsubishi diamond logo and the Chrysler star logo were combined to make our company name DIAMOND STAR MOTORS.

Later, when Chrysler sold the plant totally to Mitsubishi, the name was changed to MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA.

Chrysler moved the Sebring/Avenger to Mexico.

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05/07/2011 9:48 AM

Errrr no thanks regarding the new model!

Sorry, but I'd rather keep my wonderful 1998 Dodge Avenger Sport with it's peppy V-6 and overdrive Tranny function! Even w/ 152K on the Odo it still looks and feels like it's new! The entire car is LOADED!

Of course I pamper the crap out of it and feed it with nothing but Castrol full synthetic since it was new. It still gets close to 32 MPG on the highway with the cruise control "on"...and I still can get on it and blow the doors off a Beemer or two when I want to have some fun engaging the overdrive function! hehehehhe

The only problem I've ever had with this ride was the front brakes being worn quickly, but it may be my adoption of the Italian racing drive style (gas and braking action with both feet...I feel it's faster and safer.....besides I learned to drive my late dad's Ferrari 308GTS when I was 16.....now nearly 53 and not about to change!) and the fact drive on twisty turny secondary roads out in the countryside

Thanks Dodge for all of the fun. Lots of cars now days SUX in my opinion.....I can have my cake and eat it too with this ride....and hell bells, if I keep it long enough it'll maybe someday become a collectible!?

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05/07/2011 9:51 AM

Ferrari 308GTS, ahh, the family car. ;-)

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