Changes for the 2013 Dodge Avenger:
Further design enhancements make their debut on the 2013 Dodge Avenger, as the midsize sedan offers a new blackout-style Blacktop Appearance Package, fresh updates to the Rallye Appearance Package, and three more exterior colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Crystal Blue Pearl Coat and True Blue Pearl Coat.
Four trim levels make up the 2013 Dodge Avenger family, although the first two are distinguished primarily by their powertrains: The SE model rolls on 17-inch wheels—and an advanced suspension—and showcases a bright grille, LED taillamps, and body-color door handles for an up-scale exterior appearance. It also touts a cabin to match, too. The soft-touch cockpit includes premium cloth bucket seats, a multi-function steering wheel, power doors/locks/mirrors, ambient interior LED lighting, air conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD/WMA/MP3 sound system.
Now, the 2013 Dodge Avenger SE can be ordered with either a 4-cylinder or V6 engine, but the brand considers the V6 version to be a different trim level, and the latter choice does bring additional standard goodies like a body-color rear spoiler, aluminum wheels, and bright-tipped dual exhaust.
More of a difference can be found by moving up to the 2013 Dodge Avenger SXT, which expands on the SE models with power-adjustable body-color outside mirrors and premium illumination features that include aimable front and rear LED lamp as well as automatic on/off projector headlamps. Inside, the upgrades run to an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-speaker sound system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, automatic temperature control, a tire-pressure display, an Electronic Vehicle Information Center, and Dodge’s Tip Start system (that doesn't require the driver to turn the key to start the car).
The 2013 Dodge Avenger R/T harkens back to the brand’s classic R/T entries of the past, with a model-specific sport-tuned suspension matched to unique design details inside and out. The exclusive cockpit, for example, includes Z-stripe cloth seats with leather-trimmed performance bolsters and a heated front row, a steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather, and special R/T stitching, badges and other graphics. Naturally, there’s also a high-performance audio system on board. The exterior of the 2013 Dodge Avenger R/T takes a similarly athletic tack, thanks to a body-color R/T grille, front quarter-panel stripes, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, a rear spoiler, R/T logos and badging, and black-bezel headlamps.
The brand’s aggressive Rallye and Blacktop appearance upgrades are offered on all models of the 2013 Dodge Avenger as well, as are a powered sunroof and popular nav and infotainment features.
Engines and Transmissions:
Standard motivation in the 2013 Dodge Avenger SE and SXT comes from a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and sequential multiport injection, with the SE model relying on a four-speed automatic transmission and the SXT adding two more gears and AutoStick manual-shifting functionality. The much-lauded 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is available on both those models, and also is the standard choice in the 2013 Dodge Avenger R/T. The engine makes 283 horses and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and is mated solely to the six-speed AutoStick.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Per the fuel-economy experts at the EPA, the 2013 Dodge Avenger is certified to deliver up to 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway/24 mpg combined with its 4-cylinder/four-speed powertrain, and that changes to 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway/31 mpg combined with the 4-cylinder/six-speed setup. Packing its V6 powerplant, the 2013 Dodge Avenger is rated at 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway/22 mpg combined.
After receiving 4-star grades for front-, side- and rollover-crash protection from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA unsurprisingly awarded the 2013 Dodge Avenger a 4-star overall grade, too. On the other hand, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognized the 2013 Dodge Avenger for its enhanced Top Safety Pick+ rating, which requires passing safety tests in side-, front- and rear-impact scenarios, along with the Institute’s new small-overlap front-impact test.
The 2013 Dodge Avenger can be equipped with a Uconnect 730N infotainment and connectivity system, featuring voice control, a 6.5-inch color touchscreen, remote USB port, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a full-function navigation system enhanced by a one-year complimentary subscription to Sirius Travel Link. Providing an added advantage for audiophiles, that setup is further enhanced by a 276-watt Boston Acoustic sound system.
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