2012 Dodge Avenger SE Gets Pentastar V-6 Option

March 13, 2012
2012 Dodge Avenger SXT Front View In Motion
Dodge seems to be playing mad scientist with its engine lineup. Just last week Dodge decided to make its 2.4-liter I-4 and four-speed automatic transmission combo available in the mid-level Journey SXT. This week Dodge has announced that the base 2012 Avenger SE will now have Chrysler’s new 283-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 as an available option, bringing bargain horsepower to the masses.
The base 2012 Dodge Avenger SE used to be just that – a base model. It came with an old 2.4-liter 173-hp and 166 lb-ft of torque I-4 mated to an even older four-speed automatic transmission. Adding the 283-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque 3.6-liter V-6 (not to mention its six-speed automatic transmission) makes it easier for Avenger buyers to get into a car they might actually enjoy driving, for only $2500 more than the I-4 equipped Avenger. That makes the cost-of-entry for the Avenger SE V-6 a pretty reasonable $22,345.
If the $2500 price bump from I-4 to V-6 is too rich for your blood, consider this: the I-4 and four-speed slushbox is EPA rated at 21/30 mpg city/highway. With 110 more horsepower and two more cogs fuel economy only falls two mpg in the city and one mpg on the highway to 19/29 mpg city/highway. Real-world driving might even give the fuel economy edge to Pentastar-powered Avengers.
Even if it doesn’t, the Avenger’s cost-of-entry means you’re paying just $78.96 per hp. Now that's affordable power for the people.
Source: Dodge


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2012 Dodge Avenger

SE FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4
starting at (MSRP)
2.4L I4
Fuel Economy
21 City 30 Hwy
2012 Dodge Avenger