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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Heated seats and heated/cooled cupholders
Wide selection of in-cabin electronics
Neat cabin touches include the Chill Zone (a beverage cooler mounted in the dash) and MyGig
While the 2009 Dodge Avenger is alternately praised and panned for various other aspects, reviewers hold nothing but praise in the features department. In terms of both optional and standard features, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com call the Dodge Avenger's high-tech amenities some of the car's biggest selling points.
Standard features on the base 2009 Dodge Avenger include all the usual suspects, according to Edmunds, which lists such features as "a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, a cooled front storage compartment and a four-speaker audio system with a single-CD player." That cooled front storage compartment, which Dodge christens the Chill Zone, generates a lot of buzz among the automotive press. Automobile Magazine notes that one of the "neat cabin touches [includes] the Chill Zone," while MotherProof says that "this is one of those features that sounds ridiculous on paper, but in real life just charms you."
Moving up the trim levels, ConsumerGuide remarks that the Dodge Avenger SXT adds an "8-way power driver seat w/lumbar adjustment [and] fold-flat passenger seat," along with "steering wheel radio controls." Buyers opting for the top-level Dodge Avenger R/T will get standard "18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, firmer suspension tuning, single-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror," according to Edmunds.
In addition to the cool standard features, the 2009 Dodge Avenger is available with a lengthy options list that has reviewers talking. Edmunds reports that the Dodge Avenger SXT offers a premium package that "includes many of the standard features on the R/T trim plus a heated and cooled cupholder, heated front seats and remote start," although some buyers will be disappointed to hear that "options are mostly limited to the SXT and R/T" trims. Cars.com catalogs some of the other options as a "navigation system [that] has a touch-screen, which is better than an 'advanced' multifunction controller," and "the MyGIG system, which includes Sirius Satellite Radio that can provide the system with real-time traffic information and even choose a route based on current conditions." ConsumerGuide also points out that a "Navigation and Sound Group" for the R/T adds a "Boston Acoustics sound system, hard drive, wireless cell phone link, [and] iPod adapter." The only other major option is a power sunroof, but Cars.com warns that "the optional moonroof required the dome light to be relocated well behind the front seats, leaving the front in darkness and shadows."
The 2009 Dodge Avenger stakes its claim as one of the class leaders when it comes to available high-tech options.