Slick look and a surprisingly potent V6
Space will prove adequate for four adults, and no problems were noted with entry or exit. Additionally, trunk space should prove adequate for one or two non-comically-obese-tied-up bad guys. Note that drivers will have to use their spidey senses to avoid whacking something in reverse, since rearward visibility is poor.
Potent Pentastar Power
What’s not poorly in the least is what you'll find under the hood. With Chrysler’s new 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 optionally on board, aspiring superheroes will benefit from a whopping 283 horsepower. A six-speed manual-mode automatic is standard, meaning drivers can call for their own gearshifts while ripping along to the nearest kitty stuck in a tree.
The Avenger isn’t a corner-carving monster, but the straight-line performance really is impressive. Stand on the throttle, and it’ll vaporize its tires through first and second gear, flinging itself up to the speed limit and beyond in very quick order. Smooth and potent acceleration are available at any romp of the throttle, though as is the norm in this segment, driver-summoned gearshifts aren’t rev-matched or particularly quick to engage.
The first three gears are spaced tightly together, meaning the Avenger stays right in its powerband until well over 100 km/h. If you’ve got a pulse, you’ll love the performance.
Driven gently for your 9-to-5 routine, Avenger turns in decent mileage relative to its power output and also provides a slightly sporty, but mainly compliant and relaxing, ride over most surfaces. It’s also quiet on the highway, and offers great headlight performance at night.
My overall average mileage during the course of a 2,000-kilometre, highway-intensive test drive landed at 10.3 L/100 km—which is respectable indeed.
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