Dodge has thankfully done away with the confusing trim levels like 'Mainstreet' and 'Heat' and brought back its traditional trim levels for 2012, including SE, SXT, SXT Plus, and R/T.
All versions offer air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; 17-inch wheels; a split-folding rear seat; and cloth upholstery. Satellite radio and a USB port are standard or optional on all models, and a navigation system is now offered on the Avenger.
SXT models add the far-superior six-speed automatic transmission, plus automatic climate control, body-color heated mirrors, an eight-way power driver's seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a trip computer, and an upgraded six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Step up to the SXT Plus and you get the V-6 engine, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, upgraded upholstery with French-seam stitching, and a touch-screen based media center.
2012 Dodge Avenger R/T models add a more blacked-out, monochromatic look throughout, including read accent lighting inside, perforated black leather trim, and 18-inch polished "Rallye Design" wheels.
Other options include Boston Acoustics sound with hard-drive media storage, chrome-clad wheels, and premium leather upholstery.