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The Dodge Avenger is a midsize sedan competing with the likes of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima.
The Avenger incorporates distinctive muscle-car styling with a brawny hood and big rear fenders--cues also seen on the Dodge Charger.
The engine in this car is an optional 2.7-liter V-6, offering more power and torque than the standard 2.4-liter inline four.
The Avenger is built on a front-wheel-drive platform. With the bigger engine also comes a beefed up suspension that incorporates stabilizer bars to keep the car flat in the turns.
Although there is plenty of room in the front seats, the back seat is a little tight, and three people would be uncomfortable back there for a long trip.
As part of its sport styling, the Avenger gets this little spoiler attached to the trunk lid.
The cabin materials made the Avenger feel like a rental car, with hard plastics in beige.
The steering felt responsive, with some stiffness in the wheel to keep the car in a straight line.
The left gauge on the instrument cluster has a convenient display for trip and audio information.
The four-speed automatic operated poorly in shifting between fourth and third gears, due to the large gap in the ratios.
The stereo is somewhat limited, offering satellite radio, an in-dash six-disc changer, and an auxiliary input.
The two-line display on the stereo shows track information for both MP3 CDs and satellite radio.
With a six-speaker audio system, the sound quality isn't great, but the big door speakers add some fidelity.
Among the nice little tech touches around the Avenger were these LED map lights. We were also pleased to find automatic headlights.