A new powertrain and a better interior elevate the Avenger, but it's not up to the level yet of the best mid-size sedans.
The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata both were new in 2011, with striking styling a hallmark of either car, as well as new Hybrid and turbo models--and no V-6s.
We're a little more fond of the Kia's styling and its UVO voice control system.
The Ford Fusion and Mazda6 have a similar family bond, but here the Fusion's Hybrid model wins us over, with 41-mpg city gas mileage ratings to go with a great hybrid integration.
The new Volkswagen Jetta is also an interesting alternative to the Avenger.
It has a bargain-feeling interior on base versions, but better than the Dodge, it has a cohesive driving feel and an optional turbodiesel engine with 42-mpg highway fuel economy.
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