Dodge is adding an SE V6 trim to the 2012 Avenger lineup. The new package will include Chrysler's Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 and new exterior brightwork. The car will slot in between the SE four-cylinder model and the SXT Plus, which also has the V6. The Avenger SE V6 will cost $22,345, including $850 destination.
Other SE V6 standard equipment includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, a rear spoiler and a dual exhaust. It also comes with basic Avenger SE equipment such as LED taillights, soft-touch surfaces for the interior, power locks and mirrors and remote keyless entry. Safety equipment will be similar to that offered on other Dodge cars.
The Pentastar engine makes 260 lb-ft of torque and 283 hp. Fuel mileage is impressive for a V6 at 29 mpg on the highway.
The addition of the new engine makes the Avenger something of a bargain. A similarly equipped Ford Fusion stickers at about $25,000, while a V6 Chevrolet Malibu sedan starts at $28,300.
As for interior space, the Avenger has less than one cubic foot less than the Fusion and three cubic feet more space than the Malibu.