2012 Dodge Avenger Reviews

5 out of 5

Good car for the money

Sep 13, 2015

I got the top spec model. All the bells and whistles. The V6 has the power to get up and go at 283 hp, 3600 lb curb weight. The 6 speed bangs through shifts quickly. I added a cold air intake and a magnaflow exhaust. I also upgraded the brakes to EBC's with slotted rotors. The stock brakes seemed OK but I wanted to try out some higher performance brakes. The EBC's have a better feel to them and can bleed off the speed quickly. No major issues in 3 1/2 years. The check engine light has come on, I think, three times for emissions codes. Whether it was contaminated gas or what the issue was I don't know. It always went away after 2 or 3 days, but I was worried the first time it happened. The paint on the aluminum hood has a few defects in it but nothing that you can see unless you're really looking for it up close. The trade in value is not good considering, how many options the car has, how good the performance is, how reliable it's been, and what a good daily driver it is. If you like to trade cars in every few years you should consider this. One of the best features of the car is the engine. Linear power delivery, great for driving around town. At freeways speeds it runs around 2000 rpm, not 3200 rpm like some 4 bangers. I get about 20-21 mpg with mostly city driving, some freeway. Other cars I've had have had ergonomic or other issues ( noisy, poorly laid out dash controls, transmission lag, etc. ) that have made me want to trade them after a few years. I wouldn't mind getting something else, I like new stuff, but until some auto maker comes out with something that is appreciably better than this car ... NO SALE ! I almost forgot to add that I trust and like the work that the local Dodge dealership service department does where I live. There are other dealership service departments in town that don't seem to know what they are doing. Maybe that will change.

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T 4dr Front-wheel Drive Sedan

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