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.