2014 Dodge Avenger: Car Seat Check


The Dodge Avenger may be in the midsize sedan class, but compact is how I'd classify its backseat. A lack of room and difficult to access inboard Latch anchors made it tough to install child-safety seats in the Avenger. In one case, we defaulted to the seat belt.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | December 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

2010 Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger Earn Top Safety Status

Dodgeavenger Although Chrysler has not released the full details of its refreshed 2010 Chrysler Sebring and 2010 Dodge Avenger midsize sedans, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced both have earned Top Safety Pick status.

The award is given to cars that achieve top ratings of Good in front, side and rear crash tests. For 2010, Chrysler added standard active head restraints for the front seats and electronic stability control as optional to both models. Stability control is a pre-requisite of earning a Top Safety Pick, and active head restraints aid in rear crashes. The 2009 models scored Good in frontal and side crash tests but received Acceptable ratings in rear tests.

Full information on both models will be released Sept. 1. 2009 model shown. 

By David Thomas | August 25, 2009 | Comments (3)

Dear UK Readers: Buy One Dodge Avenger, Get One Free!


In an effort to raise the collective spirits of our fellow Americans, we bring you this comically tragic story of economic ruin from England. England’s economy and credit crunch have deeply affected its car market, much like our own, depressing sales by 23% in October — the sixth consecutive monthly drop in 2008.

The contraction has prompted dealers to offer crazy incentives, much like dealers here, but that’s where the similarities stop. According to Daily Mail, Dodge is trying to unload hundreds of Avengers by offering a buy-one-get-one-free sale.

Yes, that’s right: The second-largest purchase consumers make is now being sold like last season’s designer apparel. The deal is (or was) offered on Broadspeed.com, a U.K. car-listing site. The Dodge Avenger SXT 2.4i is equipped with leather seats and climate control. Technically, the buy-one-get-one-free deal is just a gimmick; really the cars are just being sold practically at half price.

While we couldn’t find this exact deal (their site is confusing), we did find out that a normally priced Avenger SXT 2.4i goes for around $28,000 in Britain, before an $8,000 (roughly 30%) discount at Broadspeed.com.

So I guess another commonality England and the U.S. share, besides language and capitalism, is that Avengers are cheap and unwanted in both countries.

Buy one car and get another one FREE as car dealers try to boost sales (Daily Mail)

By Colin Bird | November 7, 2008 | Comments (8)

Dodge, Chrysler Reduce Sedan Trim Levels, Pricing


While many have written Chrysler off as irrelevant, the company remains a major producer and marketer of automobiles. Today, the company announced some last-minute fine-tuning of its 2009 vehicle lineup.

The changes affect the Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 300 and Chrysler Sebring. Chrysler has essentially eliminated the base trim level for these three sedans, basically resulting in a discount on each model compared to last year’s model with the same content. Like Honda, Toyota and Ford, Chrysler now offers its four-cylinder powertrain across all midsize sedan trims.

The company also appears to be distinguishing the two brands more than before. The Sebring now costs more and is better-equipped compared to the Avenger. Same goes for the difference between a 300 and a Charger.

Check out the detailed changes for each model below:

By Colin Bird | November 4, 2008 | Comments (4)

Chrysler Drops AWD from Some Models


Hardly anyone who bought a Chrysler Sebring actually sprung for the all-wheel-drive option. Only .7% of Sebring buyers opted for AWD, likely because it jacks up the sticker price and decreases fuel economy.

This has led Chrysler to announce that it will drop AWD for the Sebring and two other vehicles, the Dodge Avenger and Dodge Caliber, which roped only 1.5% and 4.4% of buyers into adding the option, respectively. The change goes into effect for 2009 model year.

Dealers were having trouble moving AWD models starting at $26,000, but Chrysler is probably wrong that the number of drivers who consider AWD a “must-have” is negligible. Subaru’s all-AWD lineup is seeing record sales and AWD crossovers are still popular. 

Chrysler Dropping AWD on Avenger, Sebring and Caliber (Autoblog)

By Stephen Markley | October 20, 2008 | Comments (8)

Midsize Cars Improve in Side Crash Tests


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently concluded crash tests on seven midsize sedans and discovered that while they had improved in side crash tests, they still lacked enough head protection to earn top marks in rear crash tests.

Tested were the 2008 model year Chevrolet Malibu, Dodge Avenger, Infiniti G35, Kia Optima, Mitsubishi Galant (which was updated for the 2009 model year on sale now), Nissan Altima and Saturn Aura.

Only the Kia Optima did not earn the top score of “good” for side impact crash tests – it received the second highest nod, “acceptable.” However, the Optima was the only car in the test to receive a “good” score in rear crash tests.

The difficulty in scoring the top rank in rear tests involves head and neck protection for those rear-end collisions that produce whiplash. The IIHS claims that those types of accidents and injuries lead to losses of $8.5 billion annually. Most vehicles need to equip active head restraints to pass this test.

The Audi A3, A4, Honda Accord, Saab 9-3 and Subaru Legacy – with optional stability control – earned good ratings in all tests previously and earned the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick designation for midsize cars. 

A full chart of how the cars scored is below.

By David Thomas | April 10, 2008 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2007-08 Dodge Avenger, Chrysler Sebring


Chrysler is recalling its two new midsize sedans, the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger, due to defective electrical connectors. Nearly 181,000 2007- and 2008-model-year cars are involved in the recall, but the company says there have been no accidents involving the faulty equipment.

The bad connectors are part of the tire pressure monitoring system and can corrode and short out, leading to various electrical problems, including stalled engines, dead batteries and failing cruise control systems.

Owners will receive a notice from Chrysler regarding the problem, and dealers will fix it.

Chrysler recalling 181,000 Avengers and Sebrings (Motor Trend)

By David Thomas | April 7, 2008 | Comments (2)

It's Official: Chrysler Cuts Four Models


Chrysler announced today it will cut four models from its lineup: The Chrysler Crossfire, Pacifica and PT Cruiser convertible, and the Dodge Magnum. The automaker also announced plans to cut some 9,000 jobs at assembly plants that produce a number of other models: the Chrysler 300 and Sebring; Dodge Avenger, Caliber, Charger and Nitro; and the Jeep Commander, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty and Patriot. Though those 11 models – as well as the regular PT Cruiser – will still be sold, expect production to be scaled back. For shoppers, that likely translates to fewer cars with massive discounts clogging showroom floors.

The decision has been coming for several weeks now, with rumors brewing that Chrysler could cut up to five models. The Crossfire and Pacifica have trailed the competition for years, but it’s a shame to see the Magnum go. With the Hemi V-8, it was one fun cruiser. If they’d asked us, we probably would have advised canning the latest Sebring instead – or at the very least taking it back to the drawing board.

Chrysler spokesman David Barnas told us 2008 would be the last year for all four models. That means in about a year’s time there should be some steep discounts to clear the last of them off the lots.

By Kelsey Mays | November 1, 2007 | Comments (12)

Dodge Avenger Stormtrooper Concept


  • Looks like: The fleet vehicle for the Galactic Empire
  • Defining characteristics: A white-out of add-ons
  • Ridiculous features: Um ... it’s named after a sci-fi institution
  • Chance of being mass-produced: Zero, mainly because George Lucas would sue

Earlier today we promised we wouldn’t post about the wild tuner concepts from SEMA that had zero shot of making it to production. We lied. This custom job of a Dodge Avenger is just so over the top we had to share. The company did such a good job of whiting out a regular Avenger with just enough black highlights that we think any rank-and-file “Star Wars“ geek would have to be impressed.

The lone feature we don’t understand is the “blue magic” tint to the glass. Perhaps some fanboy out there can help us out. Luckily Dodge did provide a number of photos of this homage to a galaxy far, far away.

By David Thomas | October 29, 2007 | Comments (17)

Recall Alert: 2007-08 Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger


No, this isn’t an update of last week’s recall. Chrysler is recalling 102,042 2007-08 model year Chrysler Sebring and 2008 Dodge Avenger sedans with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines for potentially faulty cooling fan motors. The connectors in the motor could lead to fires; there have been reported incidents, but no accidents or injuries.

This news comes on the heels of two other recent recalls by Chrysler, but the company says this year’s recall numbers aren’t unusually high.

Concerned owners can call 800-853-1403 for more information. 

UPDATE: Chrysler To Recall 102,042 Sebrings, Avengers

By David Thomas | October 8, 2007 | Comments (8)

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