2013 Dodge Avenger vs. Its Competition

2013 Dodge Avenger Blacktop Edition
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Avenger's standout design really is its best attribute.

Otherwise, models like the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata are better-performing, more fuel-efficient, and for the most part, more comfortable.

But on the other hand, neither the Sonata nor the Optima offer a V-6.

The Ford Fusion is all-new for 2013 and is now in a completely different league than the Avenger, with far superior design and a new generation of small turbocharged four-cylinder engines that are very fuel-efficient.

With a new focus on value, the Volkswagen Jetta is another alternative to the Avenger; it's more cohesive, design-wise, inside and out, and a clean-diesel engine, with up to 42 mpg on the highway, is available.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Dodge Avenger has an eye-catching design and is well-equipped, but it failed to provide an inspiring driving experience.
The 2013 Ford Fusion's more than a rock-star body: it handles better than any other family sedan we've driven, and doesn't cheat on interior room to deliver it.
With a standout design; perky performance; great gas mileage; and exceptional value for the money, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is one of the best buys among mid-size sedans.
The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeMid-Size SedanLarge CarsMidsize CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan SE4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Manual Base
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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