2013 Dodge Avenger SE Blacktop 2.4L 4 cylinder

Summary:

Great car. Like the simplicity of it and the sharp aesthetics the Blacktop package gives

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car. Just general maintenance items have been replaced.

General Comments:

I quite like the Blacktop Avenger. The Blacktop is a package added on the normal Avenger that, put simply, turns the entire car black. I find it an under-rated "budget" car. I like the older, simplified styling cues and the ease to drive.

I have owned the car since Dec 2015 (16 months), bought used and put 21,000 km on it so far.

I have not yet had any mechanical issues. I've replaced just maintenance items. Both air and cabin filters, oil changes, wiper blades, got new winter tires for it, and I filled up one liquid under the hood as it appeared low. That is the extent of work (maintenance) I've done on this car.

The 173 hp four cylinder isn't fast, but it is enough to get the job done. The engine revs high, which makes it sound as if you are going faster than you really are. I'm happy the engine isn't too whiny. It does not have that buzzing or whining like some imports or small 4 cylinder cars have, but instead sounds quite nice.

I have tested the mileage just once. Although it might not be as good as an economy car, my test is as follows. In the winter time, with winter tires, on a 80% highway / 20% city split, I got 28 MPG. I believe in the summer at one consistent highway speed, it could produce 32 MPG. Those are real world tests, not EPA ratings.

The downfalls, although I find small, include:

- Black is hard to keep clean (not the car's fault at all).

- Fuel economy is a tad low compared to other mid-size cars.

That is all!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2017

2013 Dodge Avenger SXT 2.4 liter

Summary:

A very good, underestimated car

Faults:

Nothing yet, the car is awesome.

General Comments:

I will admit that I was against buying an Avenger, but that was based off of bad info. I drove a 2.4 liter SXT model & truly was impressed; very tight suspension, but not overly tight. Handles very good, and was impressed with the engine & the overhauled interior.

I also drove a SE version with the new 3.6 Pentastar engine. It didn't have all of the extras the other one had, but the car was just as good, but I was just expecting more from the V6. Not saying it was bad, just thought there would be more power feel etc, and it just didn't seem that much better to lose all of the extras the SXT has.

So I bought the SXT with the 2.4 liter four cylinder, & have not been let down yet. The car brand has a bad name, & now I know it's for no good reason. There are some issues when Chrysler brought back the brand, but not catastrophic issues, like engines blowing up or transmissions. Now at the 2013 model year, I feel they have come a long way.

Is the car totally perfect? No, but no car is. But to give this model car the bad rap I see all the time, in so called professional reviews, is just grossly biased, and people just need to go drive one at a dealership, & I don't mean a base model, I mean an SXT at least, to see that the cars are really nice.

I will say the car has a bad blind spot, but it's bearable if you are a careful driver.

Overall I believe it is a very good car, and people just need to get out there and try one out. Some of the specs of my car are the 2.4 liter inline 4 cylinder, the new 6 speed auto with auto stick feature, 6 speaker satellite, CD, MP3 AM/FM radio, & it has all the cool LED lights inside & outside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2012

5th May 2013, 20:30

I just rented one of these and I must agree, the Avenger is a perfectly fine car. In particular, I was impressed with the interior quality and the overall smoothness of the ride (which came as a surprise given some of the reviews). The car seemed to display a wonderful cruising ability at highway speeds, and also handled nicely for a family sedan.

My only dislikes were the blind spots, the brakes, which just seemed a little unresponsive compared to most other new cars I've driven, and the engine/transmission combo. The 2.4 definitely felt strained and while the transmission was smooth, it seemed totally confused as to what gear it should be in, frequently fluttering about and revving higher than one would expect in casual driving.

Despite those things, I absolutely think it's a better car than a Corolla or Camry.

6th May 2013, 12:35

Chrysler has really done an awesome job with the new Avenger. Two of my closest friends have bought these cars recently and are very pleased with them. They are an incredible bargain. I was amazed at how low the purchase price was. It was lower than some sub-compacts. I drive a lot of cars, and the Avenger is definitely a better buy than any Japanese brand.