2011 Dodge Avenger User Reviews
- $12,519 - $14,917
- No trim specified for this review
- Appearance, Engine, Included options, The sound when the revs get about 3000 RPM
- Transmission, MPG, Blind Spot, Viewing angle of road, Torque Steer
Purchased As New
I bought the 2011 Avenger Heat with 7 miles on it. Originally wouldn't have considered the Dodge but my wife talked my into test driving it. The build quality and design is vastly improved over the 2010 model.
Of the options I was looking for, the Avenger Heat met (or exceeded) most of my expectations...still wish I would have gotten a sunroof. Love the engine, love the spoiler and the dual exhaust. The Media Center is an 8 out of 10 and I had the Bluetooth and iPod adapter installed at the dealer and it is fantastic. If you are looking for the interior bells and whistles the LUX is the trim you would look for. In a nutshell...I love the looks and options of the HEAT trim.
I have put on 6K miles including a 2200 mile trip to the Rockies. The Avenger handled great on the highway and I loved the stereo. MPG was around 29 for the trip.
But not all is perfect...the Heat does have 283 horsepower...but the automatic transmission doesn't do a very good job of handling the power. At times the car feels downright sluggish. If you use the manual transmission option it is much much more responsive. When pushing down on the accelerator there is some torque steer, I notice it more when the roads are wet. I definitely do like the engine...which may explain why I am averaging 19 MPG in the city...I live and work in the Twin Cities.
The Avenger has a massive blind spot between the rear doors and rear windows. I lose cars in it all the time and I constantly worry about hitting people or cars when backing up. I also sit very low in the Avenger...not really sure why but it does mean that I am often misjudging how close my car is to things around it. I feel like I am pulled all the way up to the wall of my garage and I have at least a good two feet to go.
All in all I very much like the car, I like the looks, I like the engine and I got most everything I wanted as far as options...all for under 20K after trade in...which is the ceiling I had. I very much recommend the car...
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