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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan SE V6
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan SE 21 30 $18,740 $18,995
4-Door Sedan SXT 20 31 $20,660 $21,495
4-Door Sedan SXT Plus 19 29 $22,960 $23,995
4-Door Sedan Lux 19 29 $24,681 $25,865
4-Door Sedan R/T 19 29 $24,800 $25,995
4-Door Sedan SE V6 21 30 $18,740 $18,995
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual Base 24 33 $14,894 $15,515
4-Door Automatic Base 24 29 $15,950 $16,615
4-Door Manual S 24 33 $15,979 $16,645
4-Door Automatic S 24 29 $17,035 $17,745
4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Automatic SE 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
4-Door Manual SEL N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Manual SEL PZEV N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Automatic SEL N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $21,864 $22,775
4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $22,921 $23,875
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,247 $24,215
4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,303 $25,315
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $24,331 $25,345
4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $25,387 $26,445
4-Door Manual S w/Sunroof 24 33 $17,083 $17,795
4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,139 $18,895
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,740
$14,894
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,995
$15,515
Monthly Payment Estimate
$317 / month
$259 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line With a better interior and a better V-6, the 2012 Dodge Avenger has grown more interesting--but it execution, it still leaves a lot to be desired. The 2012 VW Jetta delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans; skip the cost-cutter base versions in favor of the TDI or the GLI for a distinctive choice in the compact class.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 38.1
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 38.2
Second Hip Room (in) 52.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 55.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.2 94.1
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.0 53.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.6 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 30.5 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 70.0
Track Width, Front (in) 61.7 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.2 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 192.6 182.2
Height, Overall (in) 58.4 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.7 60.6
Wheelbase (in) 108.9 104.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.5 15.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x 1.0 11.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x 0.4 NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 9.1 x 1.3
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.7 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.7 36.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P225/55R17 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code TR1 NA
Front Tire Size P225/55R17 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code TR1 NA
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3400 2804
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.2 7.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 140
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 260 @ 4400 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code ERB NA
Displacement 3.6L/220 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 283 @ 6400 115 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 24
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 0.88
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.12 3.45
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 2.28 1.28
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.67
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.21 3.18
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84 1.95
Trans Order Code DG2 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.16 3.93
Summary
Vehicle Name Dodge Avenger Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.6 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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