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STYLING | 7 out of 10
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. The refreshed Avenger looks much the same as the current 2010 edition, but get out the magnifying glass and you'll notice the differences.
The Avenger's overall shape is mostly the same from the front, side, and especially the back.
cleaner looking rear end with “ring of fire” taillights
Vents, center console, dash, and door panels are modernly styled.
Dodge carries over the 2012 Avenger's mini-Charger look virtually unchanged. That's actually a good thing; the Dodge Avenger has needed lots of improvement, and it's received it incrementally, but especially on the outside, this mid-size sedan already had a lock on its modern Dodge brand identity, with its aggressive stance, crosshair grille, and upkicked rear quarters.
Even the detailing on the exterior is completely in accordance with Dodge's brawnier muscle cars, with a simplified look to the headlamps and taillamps, plus bright-and-black trim pieces that, with the last retouch, bolster the buff first impression.
Inside is where the Avenger still doesn't come close enough to matching the look of the larger Charger--in either appearance or touch. The cabin clearly wears less expensive trim than the Chrysler 200 (with which it's closely related), but even compared to other affordable mid-size sedans it looks quite good from a few paces back. The dash cap's a little more sculpted, the climate controls are streamlined, and some nice details of bright and matte plastic contrast with the softer-touch pieces. The lower half of the dash was mostly left untouched, and it wears lower-grade plastic than the 200, and some of the same carryover gauges and buttons are more noticeable here.
The 2012 Dodge Avenger mimics the more substantial, higher-performance Charger on the outside, though its interior still lacks cohesion.