It might look like the Charger's little brother--in a way, it is--but the 2011 Dodge Avenger is seeking an identity all its own this time around. Going after the mid-size sedan segment with an aggressive style and fun-to-drive appeal, Dodge is pitching the new Avenger as something beyond your average midsize sedan.
As with so many other new Dodge vehicles, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is now an option, rated at 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Those not looking for so much power, and perhaps a little more efficiency, can opt for the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder World Engine. The suspension is also re-worked for 2011, with 26 of 30 suspension bushings replaced or upgraded. An inch wider track gives more stable-feeling cornering, and 12-millimeter lower front and 6-millimeter lower rear ride heights reduce body roll and improve aerodynamics.
New exterior stylng smooths out the kinks and curves of the previous Avenger, with a new front fascia centered on the Dodge "split crosshair" grille, while new lower side skirts finish off the new look.
It's the interior where the new Avenger really shines, however. Using materials and design lessons learned in the extensive redesign of sister brand Jeep's Grand Cherokee, the 2011 Avenger gets an all-new instrument panel, bezels, and steering wheel with ugpraded seats, improved upholstery, and several new two-tone color schemes.
Better attention to fit-and-finish, more soft-touch elements, and integrated controls on te wheel make access to the technology on board that much easier. Speaking of technology, the 2011 Avenger features optional USB, voice phone commands, Bluetooth, iPod/MP3 input, navigation, and more.
The 2011 Dodge Avenger will hit showrooms sometime during the fourth quarter of this year