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2012 Dodge Avenger SXT Plus Review

Budget-Friendly Sports Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a red 2012 Dodge Avenger SXT Plus

In short: A sporty, gadget-loaded mid-size sedan.

Offering little in the way of innovation, the 2012 Dodge Avenger SXT Plus is more or less the same car in a new skin. However, with its aggressive styling, high-tech interior and affordable price, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The SXT Plus trim level swaps out the base-level 2.4-liter inline-4 for a sporty 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that produces a respectable 283-horsepower. While the Avenger may fall short of its muscle car dreams, it nonetheless makes for a reliable and fun daily driver for those looking to get a little more kick out of their morning commute.

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Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; three-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty; 24-hour towing assistance

Base Price: $23,995 / As Tested: $25,440

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with VVT
Horsepower: 283 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
3,603 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 192.6/72.8/58.4 in
Turning circle: 37.7 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multi-link rear; front and rear stabilizer bar

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

EPA City:
19 mpg
EPA Highway: 29 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags; front and rear side-curtain airbags


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