Compare 2011 Dodge Avenger vs 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

2011 Dodge Avenger
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4-Door Sedan Express
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Express 21 30 $18,985 $19,245
4-Door Sedan Heat 19 29 $20,527 $21,340
4-Door Sedan Mainstreet 20 31 $20,527 $21,340
4-Door Sedan Lux 20 31 $22,740 $23,745
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4-Door Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 24 34 $14,750 $15,365
4-Door Automatic 23 29 $15,807 $16,465
4-Door Manual S 24 34 $15,835 $16,495
4-Door Automatic S 23 29 $16,891 $17,595
4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,467 $18,195
4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,467 $18,195
4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $18,523 $19,295
4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 31 $18,523 $19,295
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $18,763 $19,545
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $18,763 $19,545
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 31 $19,819 $20,645
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 31 $19,819 $20,645
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 23 33 $19,963 $20,795
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $19,963 $20,795
4-Door Manual SEL 23 33 $20,539 $21,395
4-Door Manual SEL PZEV 23 33 $20,539 $21,395
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 24 31 $21,019 $21,895
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $21,019 $21,895
4-Door Manual TDI LE 30 42 $21,211 $22,095
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof 23 33 $21,403 $22,295
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $21,403 $22,295
4-Door Automatic SEL 24 31 $21,595 $22,495
4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 24 31 $21,595 $22,495
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sport Pkg 23 33 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sport Pkg PZEV 23 33 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door DSG TDI LE 30 42 $22,267 $23,195
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof 24 31 $22,495 $23,395
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $22,495 $23,395
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sport Pkg 24 31 $23,131 $24,095
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sport Pkg PZEV 24 31 $23,131 $24,095
4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $23,131 $24,095
4-Door Manual TDI w/Nav 30 42 $23,227 $24,195
4-Door DSG TDI w/Nav 30 42 $24,283 $25,295
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,985
$14,750
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,245
$15,365
Monthly Payment Estimate
$321 / month
$256 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
A new V-6 and interior refresh makes the 2011 Dodge Avenger more intriguing, but in execution this mid-sizer still leaves a lot to be desired. The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta steps back in tech time and lowers its German street cred—but still delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 55.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.5 94.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.9 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
108.9 104.4
Liftover Height (in)
30.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.2 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 182.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.4 15.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 0.4 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.1 x 1.3
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 1.0 11.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.5 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 16.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TR1 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
TR1 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3243 2804
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
173 @ 6000 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
166 @ 4400 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
ED3 NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 34
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 3.18
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 1.95
Trans Order Code
DFF NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.88
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.28
Trans Type
4 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Avenger Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Twist Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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