While the Dodge Avenger has left a lot to be desired in refinement and interior appointments in past model years, it's always tested well for safety and offered one of the better safety equipment lists.
The 2012 Avenger earns four-star scores all around in federal-government NCAP tests, and it's not a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for 2012, thanks to a better 'good' result when it was retested for (rollover-related) roof strength this past year.
Dual front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; and active headrests are all on the standard-features list for the Avenger. Advanced options like blind-spot detection and parking sensors aren't on the menu at all.
You might think the thick rear pillar and rather high rear beltline would get in the way of outward visibility, but it's not bad--and considerably better than a number of other smaller cars.