SHARP TURNS – Midsize offers power

2013-08-02T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Midsize offers powerMATT SHARP Auto Columnist nwitimes.com
August 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Dodge Avenger’s style and power won’t be around for much longer; Chrysler plans on releasing a new midsized car next quarter. This new car will replace the Avenger and the Dodge Grand Caravan. Despite the fact that it will no longer be manufactured, the Avenger still has many quality features that make owning the car worthwhile. It has the type of beauty that car lovers keep in their garages for years and only take out on special occasions with its classic refined muscle look. The Avenger comes in three different models; the SE, SXT, and the R/T, of course the one I like the best is the R/T.

The Dodge famous bold split crosshair grille sports a sleek honeycomb texture base, dual-scalloped hood, and quad halogen headlamps with projector-style fog lamps to match. Past the grille, the exterior includes body-color heated exterior mirrors and a smooth side. At the rear, the LED tail lamps match the headlamps perfectly. The front and rear fascias have a dramatic, sculpted look to match the rest of the body. Another feature to be sure not to miss are the dual chrome tip exhaust pipes.

The Dodge Avenger's interior offers world-class craftsmanship featuring premium stitching and soft touch materials throughout. Modern color schemes, a three-spoke Dodge steering wheel, soft-touch armrests, premium cloth seats, and engineered-in noise-dampening surfaces that keep your ride quiet. The performance-inspired gauges are sure to grab a drivers’ attention. An oversized tachometer leads the lineup of high contrast instruments, with other illuminated gauges surrounding. At night a gentle glow lights up the car from your feet to the cup holders. Dodge didn’t skip on the storage space, with a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat to go along with the 13.5 cubic-foot trunk; you can fit anything in your vehicle.

Equipped with Dodge’s Uconnect, drivers can stay connected to just about anyone or anything. Especially with available Uconnect web, which turns your car into a mobile hotspot with multiple device connectivity. You can access email, websites, and music from up to 150 feet of the car. With the music connectivity, you will hear crystal clear music with a 276-watt digital amplifier with four 6x9-inch full range speakers.

The Avenger has two available engines; both feature dual Variable Valve Timing, which constantly adjusts to improve engine breathing, efficiency, and performance. I am going to focus on the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine with 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine also uses computer-aided engineering on the structure, and computer controlled intake, and exhaust systems to maximize power and efficiency. With the automatic transmission you are equipped with a low first gear, designed to make quick takeoffs from a stand still, and it does that while using variable line pressure to help increase gas mileage and enhance reliability. With all that power, you still get great handling and gas mileage, up to 29 MPG.

The R/T is of course on the expense side because it has it all, it starts at about $26,000. The SE, the most standard model, starts at about $20,000.

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