Considering how inexpensive the Avenger line is, we think upgrading to a V6-powered model is clearly the way to go, even if it costs you a little more up front. The R/T is an acquired taste, however, with its boy-racer styling cues, so we'd stick with the SXT Plus and enjoy the money we saved over rival V6-powered sedans.
The 2014 Dodge Avenger comes in four trim levels: SE, SE V6, SXT and R/T. The just-the-basics Avenger SE ($20,500) features a 4-cylinder engine, 17-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, power accessories, cruise control and a 4-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input jack (but not a USB input). The Avenger SE V6 ($22,200) adds a 283-hp V6, a 6-speed automatic transmission, a rear spoiler, 17-in aluminum wheels and dual exhaust tips.
For the same price as the SE V6, the Avenger SXT ($22,200) reverts to the base model's 4-cylinder engine, but it adds the superior 6-speed automatic transmission. The SXT model also has 17-in alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, a 6-speaker stereo, satellite radio, automatic climate control, fog lamps and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. A Rallye Appearance package ($495) tacks on 18-in alloys, body color grille and rear spoiler, darkened headlamp bezels and unique seat fabric. A Blacktop package ($595) also adds darkened headlamps, bundled with black-painted 18-in wheels and a black grille. You can add the V6 to the SXT for $1,795. Incidentally, adding leather to the SXT for $595 makes it America's cheapest midsize sedan with leather upholstery.
The Avenger R/T ($26,400) receives its own 18-in polished alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, various sport-themed styling cues, jazzed-up seats with leather bolsters, red LED ambient lighting, remote start, Bluetooth connectivity, Boston Acoustics speakers and an exclusive gauge cluster with a center-mounted tachometer. Of course, it also includes the V6 as standard equipment.
Is the 2021 Dodge Avenger a Safe Car?
The 2014 Dodge Avenger comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and six airbags (front, front side, full-length side curtain). In government crash testing, the Avenger received an overall rating of four stars out of five, while the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Avenger its top rating of Good in every category.
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