Readers are no doubt familiar with the trials and tribulations Chrysler is just starting to emerge from.
With new partner Fiat and all the cars it brings like Alfa Romeo, there is a certain optimism within the organization.
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In the meantime, there are several vehicles in Chrysler showrooms that offer great value for the money, and one of them is the Dodge Avenger.
The current Avenger went on the market five years ago and marked the return of Dodge into the mid-size segment after a decade-long absence.
For 2010, Dodge has simplified a lineup that still has three trim levels but does away with the 2.7-litre Flex Fuel V6. With virtually no ethanol filling stations in the county, it didn’t make sense to keep it.
Tested here is the topline R/T that starts life as a SXT ($24,795). The big-ticket option ($2,225) is the 3.5-litre V6 producing 235 hp and 232 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed Auto/Stick transmission (that adds $275) with sequential manual shift mode.
Fuel consumption is rated at 12.9L/100 km (22 mpg) city and 7.4L/100 km (38 mpg) highway.
The R/T, like the SE and SXT is front-drive only. All-wheel-drive was an option in the past but it has been dropped.
That price for the R/T engine option also includes 19 amenities some of which are heated, leather front bucket seats, trunk lid spoiler, sport suspension with fore and aft stabilizer bards and “Firm Feel” power steering.
The 3.5-litre V6 is a punchy unit that makes the most of the six-speed transmission to the point shifts are imperceptible. Of course that changes when you drop down to the manual mode where you can hold the car in any gear longer for more rapid acceleration.
Summing up, the 2010 Avenger offers almost full-size car interior passenger volume at a compact car price.