2011 Dodge Avenger - Road Test Specs

2011 Dodge Avenger Sedan

(2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2011
MakeDodge
ModelAvenger
StyleLux 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$24,295
Options on test vehicleCustomer Preferred Package 27V ($1,795 -- includes 3.6-liter V6 engine with dual exhaust); Media Center 430N ($395 -- includes CD/DVD/MP3 player with 30GB hard drive music storage and navigation system)
As-tested MSRP$26,485
Drivetrain
Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,604/220
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)283 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)260 @ 4,400
Fuel typeRegular unleaded, E85 compatible
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 4.127; 2nd = 2.842; 3rd = 2.283; 4th = 1.452; 5th = 1.000; 6th = 0.690 . Final Drive: 3.16
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.65
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle LS 2
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP225/50R18
Tire size, rearP225/50R18
Wheel size18-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.5-inch ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.3-inch solid steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph (sec.)6.7
0-75 mph (sec.)9.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.2
@ Full throttle (dB)75.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.5
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsStrong V6, especially as the revs rise. Gets a perfect amount of wheelspin by going straight from brake to throttle. Times were nearly identical in Auto and Manual modes -- shifts for itself at redline regardless. Noticeable torque steer. Longish 2-3 shift and abrupt 3-4. Manual shifting via console lever (slap left for downshifts); will not hold gears at rev limiter; no throttle blip on downshifts.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsSlightly spongy feel with moderately long pedal travel. Quite a bit of nosedive. Pedal felt slightly better on later runs and there was no noticeable amount of fade.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Plenty of understeer and the car wasn't overly willing to change its attitude with drop throttle. Interestingly, stability control was incredibly intrusive, massively cutting throttle and adding some braking, making the ESC-On time considerably slower than ESC-Off -- very different from what happened in the slalom. Slalom: This is a solid car around the cones. Steering has good weighting and some actual feel. Decent grip from the tires lets you throw the Avenger around with verve, and it sticks. ESC can't be defeated, but it has a very high intrusion point whether "On" or "Off"; in fact, braking was added at about the same amount whether "On" or "Off" right at the end of the slalom when the tail would rotate for the last cone. Hence, the nearly identical times.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)74
Relative humidity (%)34.19
Wind (mph, direction)5.4, head
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/29 highway/22 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,603
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,561
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)62/38
Length (in.)192.6
Width (in.)72.8
Height (in.)58.4
Wheelbase (in.)108.9
Track, front (in.)61.7
Track, rear (in.)62.7
Turning circle (ft.)37.7
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)36.2
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)38.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.0
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.5
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceFour stars
IIHS offsetGood

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