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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' roof strength
'Acceptable,' small overlap frontal
Four stars overall; four stars frontal; four stars side impact
With exception to some rear outward visibility issues, the 2014 Dodge Avenger doesn't disappoint in the category of safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives it a uniform four stars out of five, not only as an overall rating but also for frontal crash, side crash, and rollover safety. And the 2014 Avenger is a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) again this year, even though it achieves just an 'Acceptable' rating (one notch below the top 'Good') in the new and tougher small-overlap frontal test.
All Avenger models include dual front, side and curtain airbags, plus anti-lock brakes, stability control, and active headrests. It doesn't offer either a rear-vew camera or a blind-spot alert system, both options it could use to compensate for the large rear three-quarter pillars that block much of the driver's rearward vision.
Safety scores have been good in the Avenger, despite its advancing age.