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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.
In our opinion, the Avenger stands out in a crowd with attractive design, thanks to its styling refresh a couple years ago. There are just enough pieces of its larger sibling, the Charger, there to make the Avenger feel at home in the current Dodge lineup, which is a challenge for so many other small cars and their brands.
Dodge's crosshair grille is an instant identifier for the brand, but it's really the Coke-bottle fenders that tie the Avenger to the Charger–and even hint to some small amount of muscle. Inside, Dodge gave the cabin appointments a little more polish a couple of years ago, with some better detailing and soft-touch materials around the dash, but the lower half of the dash was mostly left untouched. And in general, the look neither has the premium look of the Charger or even the detailed, sporty look of the new Dart cabin.
An uninspired interior lets the Dodge Avenger down; the exterior's a nice knock-off of the larger Charger.