2013 Dodge Avenger SE 4 cylinder from North America


Take care of this car and it will take care of you


The gauge cluster went out in the first month of ownership

Driver's side door seal - fixed under warranty.

A lot of transmission issues - never could replicate the issue, they flashed the computer several times. Last time fixed the issue of hard shifts and Chrysler extended the warranty on the transmission till 120k.

Oil pan replaced under warranty.

Top of radiator, electronic throttle body, alternator. After warranty.

The car eats brakes and shocks.

That’s all in 10.5 years and 176k miles.

General Comments:

The car is good for long drives, it’s quiet and smooth to ride in.

The car is awful at hard/quick braking, sharp turns/cornering, and the worst blind spots I have ever experienced. I can never really see out of the car.

I believe if the Avenger is taken care of it will last well over 200k miles.

Mine is still doing good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2023

2013 Dodge Avenger SXT 2.4 gasoline from North America


Fun and frugal, with great looks


Power steering hose leak at 53k, fixed under warranty.

Heater blend door actuator at 95k, part was 27$CDN online, fixed it myself in 20 minutes.

General Comments:

Good fuel mileage, very reliable, and fun to drive.

I drove this car 17 hours straight, through mountains, from Alberta to Vancouver Island. All in one go. My Avenger never even had a hiccup the entire drive.

I've done all the recommended services by the FCA maintenance. My dealership has been very helpful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2018

2013 Dodge Avenger SE Blacktop 2.4L 4 cylinder from North America


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


Updated (01-05-2020) All Faults (some are not vehicle / manufacturer cause)

> Radiator hose broke at around 106,000km. No big deal, was $120 CDN part and total $220 CDN to fix.

> A squirrel chewed a couple electrical wires. Was about $55 CDN to fix.

> I had to replace the gas cap since it was worn and the gas cap light came on. Cost $13 CDN to fix (DIY).

That is all. Currently owned just past 4 years, 74,000km put onto it (46,250 miles).

General Comments:

I enjoy 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 (4 years, 1 month), bought used and put 74,000 km on it so far (total 149,000 km).

I have had very few issues. I've replaced maintenance items. I keep maintenance up on this car, and it keeps going fine so far. Despite being told it would be terribly unreliable and have all these issues - it is proving the nay-sayers wrong.

The 173 hp four cylinder isn't fast, but it is enough to get the job done. The engine revs fairly high, and gives off a nice note.

The fuel consumption is not bad. It can pass EPA ratings (I got 32 mpg full highway once). Often it seems it gets around EPA - about 23/24 city and 29/30 highway in the summer.

A couple small downfalls to include:

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

- It makes a few little creeks and peep noises

That is all!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2017

2013 Dodge Avenger SXT 2.4 liter from North America


A very good, underestimated car


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.