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2011 Dodge Avenger vs. Its Competition

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The 2011 Dodge Avenger lands right in the thick of things, in the hotly contested mid-size sedan market.

Versus the new Kia Optima and Mazda6, the Avenger's interior feels cramped; the new Optima in particular has plentiful cabin space in front and in back.

Also, the Avenger fails to provide a compelling driving experience over sportier standouts like the Altima, Fusion, or Mazda6.

While ride quality has been improved in the Avenger, the base powertrain still lacks the refinement of some rival models.

The new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta remains an especially interesting alternative, and it has what the Avenger still lacks: a cohesive driving feel, and an eagerness to use all its talents.

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A new V-6 and interior refresh makes the 2011 Dodge Avenger more intriguing, but in execution this mid-sizer still leaves a lot to be desired.
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The 2011 Ford Fusion comes in a few finely developed flavors; Sport, Hybrid and base are a few of the best tastes.
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Kia simply gets it; basic doesn't have to be boring, and the 2011 Kia Optima shows that mid-size sedan shoppers don't have to settle to design boredom or a lack of features.
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The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 is a great pick for practically-minded family-car shoppers who also value driving enjoyment.
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The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta steps back in tech time and lowers its German street cred—but still delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans.
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$19,245Browse Used Listings$19,850Browse Used Listings$19,200Browse Used Listings$19,990Browse Used Listings$15,365Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
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EPA Class    
Mid-SizeMid-Size SedanMidsize CarsMidsizeCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Express4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticManualManualManual w/ODManual
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