By Patrick Rall
The 2012 Dodge Avenger is available with two engines: the 173
horsepower 4-cylinder and the 283 horsepower Pentastar V6. Getting the 3.6L Pentastar V6 has typically
meant picking one of the more expensive trimlines but that has changed with yesterday’s
introduced of the 2012 Dodge Avenger SE V6 – an entry level Avenger packing
The Dodge Avenger SE carries a base price of $18,995 and
that includes the 2.4L 4-cylinder with 173 horsepower. To get the Pentastar V6, buyers previously
had to skip the Avenger SE and SXT, picking the SXT Plus with a price of $23,995
for the more powerful engine option but the new Avenger SE V6 package offers
the 283 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque combined with the amenities of the
entry level Avenger for just $21,495.
For that price, 2012 Avenger buyers from
now on can consider either the 4-cylinder powered SXT trimline with more “goodies”
or the more powerful SE V6 with less gadgets but a significant increase in both
horsepower and torque.
In addition to adding the 3.6L Pentastar V6, the 2012 Dodge
Avenger SE V6 package adds a set of 18″ aluminum wheels, a body colored rear
spoiler and the dual exhaust package with bright chrome exhaust tips that is
included with other Pentastar powered packages.
All included, the Avenger SE V6 package becomes, dollar for dollar, the
most powerful midsized sedan in the American industry.
2012 Dodge Avenger SE V6 – 283hp – $21,495
2012 Honda Accord EX V6 – 271hp – $27,280
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR – 270hp- $25,570
2012 Toyota Camry SE – 268hp – $27,400
2012 Ford Fusion Sport – 263hp – $27,225
2012 Chevrolet Malibu 3LT – 252hp – $28,300
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