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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Cabin disappoints with abundant hard-plastic surfaces
Cabin is spacious enough for two six-foot, two-inch occupants to sit one behind the other in comfort
Four-cylinder's high-revving sound could be worse, but some are sure to complain about it
The 2010 Dodge Avenger's interior quality fails to impress even the most positive reviewers, but a roomy cabin with plenty of seating space is its redeeming feature.
Motor Trend reports "ample interior space" inside the Avenger, with space for five adults. ConsumerGuide finds that the Dodge Avenger offers "generous headroom" up front, although "shoulder space is limited for larger occupants." Cars.com calculates that, "by the numbers, backseat legroom is a bit tight—1/2 inch less than the Fusion and 2 to 3 inches less than the other two—but at 6 feet tall, I was reasonably comfortable anyway." Edmunds also notes that "the rear seat is spacious enough for two adults, although the seat-bottom cushion is a bit too low."
The story isn't quite as bright with respect to cargo space. Edmunds says that the Dodge Avenger's "trunk capacity is a bit below the segment average at 13.4 cubic feet." ConsumerGuide reports that "interior stowage is limited to a too-narrow center console and a smallish glovebox," although Cars.com does appreciate that "a 60/40-split folding backseat is standard for expanding the cargo area forward into the cabin." On the positive side, Autoblog points to several optional items that help the Avenger's cabin stand out: "a bevy of delightful beverage-centric items, including the Chill Zone storage compartment mounted in the dash and the heated/cooled cup holders."
Almost every reviewer has trouble saying anything positive about the interior quality of the Dodge Avenger. Edmunds reviewers find "it's hard to get past the mediocre quality of the interior materials," while ConsumerGuide says "the cabin disappoints with abundant hard-plastic surfaces." Cars.com notes that the Dodge Avenger's "interior is long on creature features but short on quality...the center storage console feels and sounds a bit cheap when you open and close it." ConsumerGuide even reports that, "in one test model, the plastic housing for the center console's sliding armrest snapped off."
In Avenger models with the four-cylinder, the coarse sound of the engine is a common complaint from reviewers. Although it's still not the most refined in the class, Chrysler upgrades the Avenger's noise insulation for 2009 and several reviewers notice the difference. Cars.com says that, "to seal out noise, Dodge used the firewall...from the diesel version of the car sold in Europe," and ConsumerGuide reports "wind noise is effectively hushed, even at highway speed."
The 2010 Dodge Avenger offers impressive interior space, but lackluster quality, fit, and finish add up to an overall negative impression of the interior.