2012 Dodge Avenger vs. Its Competition

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

A new powertrain and a better interior elevate the Avenger, but it's not up to the level yet of the best mid-size sedans.

The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata both were new in 2011, with striking styling a hallmark of either car, as well as new Hybrid and turbo models--and no V-6s.

We're a little more fond of the Kia's styling and its UVO voice control system.

The Ford Fusion and Mazda6 have a similar family bond, but here the Fusion's Hybrid model wins us over, with 41-mpg city gas mileage ratings to go with a great hybrid integration.

The new Volkswagen Jetta is also an interesting alternative to the Avenger.

It has a bargain-feeling interior on base versions, but better than the Dodge, it has a cohesive driving feel and an optional turbodiesel engine with 42-mpg highway fuel economy.

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T2012 Dodge Avenger
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2012 Ford Fusion2012 Ford Fusion
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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Sonata
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2012 Kia Optima2012 Kia Optima
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2011 Mazda MAZDA6 4-door Sedan Auto i Grand Touring Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mazda MAZDA6
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Quick Specs
With a better interior and a better V-6, the 2012 Dodge Avenger has grown more interesting--but it execution, it still leaves a lot to be desired.
The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks.
After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features.
The 2012 Mazda6 is just as comfortable, practical, and refined as most other mid-size sedans, but it's a little more enjoyable to drive.
The 2012 VW Jetta delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans; skip the cost-cutter base versions in favor of the TDI or the GLI for a distinctive choice in the compact class.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMid-Size SedanLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsizeCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan SE V64-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Manual Base
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/manual shiftManualManualManualManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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