2012 Chrysler 200, Dodge Journey, Dodge Avenger See Prices Drop

2012 Dodge Avenger RT For the 2012 model year, both the 2012 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger see their starting prices drop to $18,995, which is a $250 decrease from last year. The 2012 Dodge Journey now starts at $20,995, which is a more dramatic $1,450 price drop. Those prices exclude a $750 destination charge for the sedans and an $800 charge for most Journey trims.

The price changes make the Avenger and 200 the most affordable midsize sedans on the market today, beating out value leaders like the Suzuki Kizashi ($18,999), Ford Fusion ($19,850) and Kia Optima ($19,200).

The Journey is now one of the most affordable midsize crossovers on the market, too, beating competitors like the Kia Sorento ($21,250) and Mazda CX-7 ($21,990). The Subaru Forester still beats the Journey, though, with its $20,495 entry price.

Continue reading below for more trim details.

For 2012, the Avenger gets all-new trim designations that are more akin to the 2009 model year: SE, SXT, SXT Plus and R/T. The R/T trim was unveiled last spring.

The Chrysler 200 comes in LX, Touring, Limited and S trim levels.

The base Avenger SE and 200 LX come with features that include air conditioning, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted controls and power mirrors, locks and windows. The base 200 has a few more sweeteners such as standard heated mirrors, according to Cars.com’s research specifications.

The Journey also gets new trim designations for the 2012 model year. Gone is the cacophony of lifestyle-based trims, now replaced with just SE, SXT and Crew models.

The base SE trim comes with heated power mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning, six-speaker stereo and five-seat passenger seating. You can add the third row for $995. The SE is the only Journey to come with a four-cylinder powertrain, which is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The other trims come with a 283-horsepower V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission standard.

All three models have listings up on Cars.com, which is a good indicator that the models are — or are about to — go on sale.

2012 Chrysler 200 (2011 pricing)

  • LX: $18,995 ($19,245)
  • Touring: $21,370 ($21,245)
  • Limited: $24,070 ($23,945)
  • S: $26,365 ($26,240)
  • Destination: $750 (same)

2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible

  • Touring: $26,575 ($26,445)
  • Limited: $31,570 ($31,440)
  • S: $32,070 ($31,940)
  • Destination: $750 (same)

2012 Dodge Avenger (2011 pricing *equivalency)

  • SE $18,995 ($19,245 Express)
  • SXT $21,495 ($21,340 Mainstreet)
  • SXT Plus $23,995 ($23,745 Lux)
  • R/T $25,995 (new)
  • Destination: $750 (same)

2012 Dodge Journey (2011 pricing *equivalency)

  • SE: $20,995 ($22,245 Express)
  • SXT : $24,495 ($24,445 Mainstreet)
  • SXT with all-wheel drive: $26,295 ($26,145 Mainstreet)
  • Crew: $28,495 ($28,445 Crew)
  • Crew with all-wheel drive: $30,295 ($30,145 Crew)
  • Destination: $800 ($750 for Crew w/ AWD) 



Avis will be pleased.


Are they made in Mexico now?


So they are going back to the old designators instead of the dumb lifestyle names. Better late than never admitting their mistake.

Dammit I want my Avenger Mainstreet.


I've been looking at a Journey. I think it's a pretty good car (minus the 4 cylinder base engine), but all of the trims above the base actually go up a little, not down. They reduce the base price a lot, but not the go up? Marginally up, but up.


Could be they had to de-content and lower the prices on the base models because they weren't getting enough people in the door to even look at these vehicles. Once they got them through the door they buffaloed them with options and packages thereby raising transaction prices. But even as a foreign-owned company, they're going to have difficulty attracting people to look at their vehicles considering the decades-long reputation they garnered for themselves.

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