While the top brass gets their minds made up as to whether there will be a next-generation Dodge Avenger, the folks at Dodge have gone ahead and added a new top trim to the current model. The 2012 Dodge Avenger SE V6 gets the Pentastar V6 tuned to 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed automatic, along with 18-inch alloys, dual exhaust, and a rear spoiler.

This makes five trims for the Avenger line, with this model starting at $21,495 before destination. That puts it $2,500 over the current range topper, the Avenger SE, which starts at $18,995 and comes with a 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder shifting through an ancient four-speed auto. The four-cylinder SE is rated at 30 mpg highway, while the Pentastar engine only drops that a fraction to 29 mpg highway.

Stacked against the competitive set Dodge has in mind, like the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima, the current SE is in the ballpark regarding specs while being less expensive. With the SE V6 and six-speed tranny to update refinement and give it a 110-hp boost, Avenger sales – which are already up 112 percent this year – could rise even further. Follow the jump for the press release on the newest addition to the family.
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Dodge Introduces the 2012 Avenger SE V6, Delivering Best-in-class V-6 Power with the Fuel Efficiency and Price of a Four-cylinder Mid-size Sedan

New Dodge Avenger SE V6 features a Starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $21,495, thousands of dollars less than competitive vehicles

- SE V6 package offers unprecedented performance and value in the mid-size sedan segment
- The Avenger SE V6 is powered by the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which produces a best-in-class 283 horsepower while achieving a best-in-class V-6 EPA highway fuel economy rating of 29 miles per gallon
- 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual exhaust with bright tips and a body-color rear spoiler are standard equipment for the new 2012 Dodge Avenger SE V6 package
- The 2012 Dodge Avenger not only has outstanding driving performance, but also is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick
- Dodge Avenger sales have increased 112 percent in 2012 calendar year through February – making it one of the fastest growing mid-size cars in America

Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dodge today announced the new 2012 Avenger SE V6 package, developed to be America's most affordable and powerful mid-size car, delivering unprecedented performance and value for driving enthusiasts. The new Avenger SE V6 model has a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $21,495 (excluding destination) and is powered by a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, one of Ward's "10 Best Engines," mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 3.6-liter Pentastar engine produces a best-in-class 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque while achieving an EPA estimated 29 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, best-in-class for a V-6-powered mid-size sedan.

"The Dodge Avenger is one of the fastest growing mid-size cars in America, with sales up 112 percent this year," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand. "We're building off this momentum with the introduction of the new SE V6 package, delivering a true no compromise solution for the mid-size car buyer – 283 best-in-class horsepower, 29 mpg highway, 18-inch wheels and a rear spoiler – all for just $21,495 MSRP. You get the power, the efficiency, the look and tremendous value that is unmatched in the segment."

The new 2012 Dodge Avenger SE V6 provides customers the most desirable features at an outstanding price. Standard equipment includes a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that produces a best-in-class 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque while delivering a best-in-class EPA highway V-6 fuel economy rating of 29 mpg, 18-inch aluminum wheels, rear decklid spoiler, and dual exhaust with bright tips. SE V-6 models also include the rest of the comprehensive equipment list standard on all Avenger SE models, including: LED taillamps, premium interior with soft-touch surfaces, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control with traction control and electronic roll mitigation, advanced multi-stage driver and front passenger air bags, side-curtain and front seat-mounted side airbags, laminated front windshield and front-row side glass, power locks, power mirrors, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, premium cloth seats, speed control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio and speed controls, outside temperature display in gauge cluster, CD with four speakers, 60/40 rear seat with trunk pass through, fold flat front passenger seat and a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

The 2012 Dodge Avenger is uniquely positioned as an alternative for consumers looking for a sedan with more style, personality and performance as well as with value for their dollar. The Avenger is available in five trim levels: SE – starting at $18,995 MSRP, the new SE V-6 starting at $21,495 MSRP, SXT, SXT Plus R/T, and eight exterior colors: Blackberry Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic, Black Clear Coat, Redline 2 Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Tungsten Metallic Clear Coat, Copperhead Pearl Coat or Blue Streak Pearl Coat.

About the Dodge Brand
For nearly 100 years, Dodge has defined passionate and innovative vehicles that stand apart in performance and in style. Building upon its rich heritage of muscle cars, racing technology and ingenious engineering, Dodge offers a full-line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs built for top performance – from power off the line and handling in the corners, to high-quality vehicles that deliver unmatched versatility and excellent fuel efficiency. Only Dodge offers such innovative functionality combined with class-leading performance, exceptional value and distinctive design. With the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, the all-new Dodge Charger paired with the ZF eight-speed transmission that achieves a class-leading 31 miles per gallon on the highway, the new Durango and the significantly revamped Grand Caravan – inventor of the minivan – Journey, Avenger and iconic Challenger, Dodge now has one of the youngest dealer showrooms in the United States.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      It's 0-60 in 6 seconds with 29MPG hwy for 22K Not bad. I don't think you get navigation or the touch screen with the hard drive but I could care less about that crap. Plus, there is a lot of fun Mopar parts they make for the Avenger now. The body style is an old school muscle style but at least you can pick it out in a crowd. Remember, the is with the new interior and they re-did the suspension. This is not the crappy old Dumbler edition. This is a nice stripper sleeper muscle for low $$.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've never wanted to like Avenger's styling ... but somehow I always have. And now, I find it pretty hard to argue with almost 300hp and 29mpg.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Appearance-wise, it looks like they have made a decent car out of an outdated and cheaply designed architecture. The details (lights, grilles, interior materials) and the powertrain are great upgrades. While I would still be hesitant to buy one instead of one of its competitors--I still can't get past that body style--a shopper who decides on one may no longer be labelled as a "buy American" buyer or an incentive buyer.
      Jared Montgomery
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda's cheapest V6 Accord comes in at $27,280. That's a huge price difference--and this V6 has more power. I admit that after recently driving a 2010 EXL, that Honda is one smooth operator. I'm just not sure it it's 30 grand smooth.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jared Montgomery
        it may be a good driver but i can't get past the accords terrible styling. nothing attractive about that car, the coupe on the other hand . . .
      Red Dart Fever
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have driven both the 2.4 (rental) the 3.5 (rental) and recently, a Chrysler 200 with the 3.6 (work buddy's car) Let me say this, If anyone even considers purchasing either the Avenger or the 200, please fork over the extra cash for the 3.6, its actually a pretty satisfying motor, and gets decent mpg's to boot! but my goodness, the 2.4 liter is probably one of the worst I4's i have ever driven in terms of power, noise and mpg's. The 3.5 on the other hand was a weird motor, while they are rated at 230 HP ( why down from Chargers 250?) it felt a little stronger than that, but the shifts from its transmission is what killed the car and the mpg was awful(16 mpg city driving)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Red Dart Fever
        I drove a 200 with the 2.4... I hated it. I've driven a Challenger with the new 3.6, and even in a WAY bigger and heavier car, it actually wasn't that bad. I bet in a much smaller car like the Avenger / 200 it would be a killer engine.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Red Dart Fever
        I drove the 3.5 for a rental as well and my biggest gripe with the car was the transmission. It almost always shifted about 2 seconds later than when you needed it to. It absolutely ruined the driving experience of an otherwise decent car. The styling is a bit questionable as well as it blends in with everything else. Otherwise, the interior and engine were very nice for a car in this price point.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only bad thing about this car is its exterior design but that's subjective. It's amazing how having the goods under the hood can transform a car..or is it? I drove a rental with the pentastar V6 and it gave me a whole new respect for Chrysler...and I think they could make the Avenger a class leader with a little redesign and some interior improvements.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those who are dismissing this car as the same old Avenger POS haven't driven the newest version. I groaned when the rental agent told me I had an Avenger. Boy was I surprised how nice of a car it is these days. It is really a well put together car. My rental only had 5,000 miles on it, so take that with a grain of salt. But the interior was very nice, the car handled well, was quiet, and the seats were VERY comfortable. The weakest link was the 4 cylinder powertrain. The 3.6L 6 spd auto powertain (w/ 18 inch wheels) in this car for $22K is a really, really good deal and worth a drive for anybody in the market. $4,000 off? Hmmm.
        • 3 Years Ago
        $3000 off is the current rebate in the midwest. great deal
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Avenger was so close on hitting the mark, it's a darn shame. A front end styling tweak here, an interior tug there and some effective marketing and we have a really nice offering. I always wondered "why not an Avenger convertible?" Why not ?? I absolutely thing the next generation Avenger needs a performance turbo AWD coupe. ABSOLUTELY ! What better car name than Avenger to get some excitement into a Dodge mid-size offering ? And yes, with the right wheels, engine and body color, Ace is right, not bad at all...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        I agree that it should be a performance car in general! It's the name! It has a strong and powerful name but gets bullied by everything! It's like having the name BIFF and looking like George McFly (pre-punch to Biff) on the track and on the road! If the current car were called "Boring Car Name" it would do better. But it's got no ballz! It's the Mustang 2 (from the 80s) of cars! A complete joke. Aren't they cancelling this car or is it the Sebring that's getting cut?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ Drakkon below the charger and 300 and srt8 grand cherokee have the same engine as the challenger, plus they have the srt4 dart that should be quite entertaining. porsche and other companies like gm have these "politics" to preserve car sales but dodge doesn't have any
          • 3 Years Ago
          Carmaroman, MAYBE! Someone up higher mentioned a AWD 6-speed version of the Avenger (something I would gladly endorse!) which would presumable clean the clock of a 4200 pound RWD Challenger/Charger. As good of an idea as it may be, wouldn't happen. I really like the Challenger, too. I have a few friends with the RTs. They love them. I would say they are more satisfied than the Mustang and Camaro owners I know. Big comfortable car. Fast, smooth. But a smaller lighter car with lots of traction would be as fast or faster.
      Glenn Phillips
      • 2 Years Ago
      I HAVE A NEW 2012 AVENGER 5000K .. LOVE IT..
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bought a 2011 Avenger Heat with the 3.6 V6 in July 2011 and have over 13000 mi so far and my experience has so far been very positive....it's a great bargain to have 283hp in a 3500lb car that is a ball to drive and constantly gives 26-29 mpg even with an occasional heavy right foot....and it looks great in bright red with 18in wheels with a black/red interior...gets lots of compliments......I had cross-shopped the Accord V6 and Kia Optima....and it was an easy choice with the $6000 premium for the Accord with its somewhat bland styling and the Optima was much noisier and much harder riding on the freeway....the Dodge was f ar superior in ride and quietness to the Optima....I strongly agree with those who say don't judge this car until you've test drove the V6 version.....and regarding the comments on styling....thats a very subjective factor....I like the look the longer I have it and it stands out from many inoffensive designs that are out there....also, the audio system is very well done with the touch screen design they have in the 430 media system.....overall a nice car except for the horrific rear blind spot that was somewhat remedied with a special add-on blind spot mirror.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a new 2012 Avenger SXT plus, all black ( like the main pic above). This car has style, It's not a bubble like most other designs nowadays, the performance is great, the overall driving experience is awesome! Have gotten as high as 35MPG highway! And this is coming from a 20 year long FORD owner/first time Dodge buyer! The build quality of this car is superior, fit and finish is perfect. GREAT JOB DODGE!
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can easily tell if someone is stupid if you see them with one of these. Same goes for the Caliber.
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