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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact
Five stars, front impact
Thick roof pillars and lack of a rear quarter window severely compromise rear visibility
The 2010 Dodge Avenger does quite well in crash tests, but it still lacks at least one expected safety feature.
In the federal government's tests, the Dodge Avenger earns a perfect five-star rating for frontal impact tests, though updated side tests aren't available. The typically more critical IIHS awards the 2010 Avenger a top "good" score in frontal offset impact and side impact tests.
For 2010, all Dodge Avenger models now include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; however, electronic stability control—a feature now standard on many rival models—is only offered as an option on the R/T and not at all available on the SXT.
According to ConsumerGuide, the Dodge Avenger's "thick roof pillars and lack of a rear quarter window severely compromise rear visibility," while the absence of any sort of parking assistance features does nothing to atone for the poor sightlines. TheCarConnection.com also notices firsthand that rearward visibility is worse than average.
MotherProof appreciates the hinged rotating covers on the top-tether anchors for child-seat mounting, and adds that "child-safety seats would fit fine as long as you and/or your passenger aren't really tall."
Crash-test ratings for the 2010 Dodge Avenger are very positive, yet this sedan lacks some features that might play a role in accident avoidance.