We’ve had our fair share of run-ins with the Dodge Avenger, even using one in our videos as a chase car, and although it’s a step forward from the Stratus, it was never really a good car. The biggest problem is that it has the potential to be. Dodge has had that more aggressive style and feel about their cars, but it never really translated into the Avenger. It was never the “baby Charger” it should have been. The interior was too cheap, the drivetrain too slushy, and the ride was just ridiculous.
The new Avenger hasn’t gone through a major overhaul, unfortunately, and besides the headlights, taillights, and front grill, the car is basically the same on the outside. What has changed, and improved, is the interior. The quality isn’t top notch, and they are nowhere near knocking on semi-luxury doorsteps, but it is much better. More soft-touch materials, less plastic that creaks and rattles, it’s all put together well. The other noticeable change is the quietness of the Avenger. This new Avenger is as quiet inside as the Chrysler 300.
I think Dodge still needs to work on making the new Avenger more aggressive and sporty, but this is a good start and considering how much they have done to the rest of their lineup, we can’t blame them for not going all out on the Avenger this year.