For 2012, the Dodge Avenger gets a shakeup in trim names, but the equipment hasn't changed much. The mid-level SXT, formerly "Mainstreet" gets a few new colors in addition to its new name. The "Lux" has been replaced by the R/T model, which gets the 3.6L V6 standard, a 6-speed automatic transmission, sport-tuned suspension and dual exhaust.
For 2012, the Avenger is available in four trim levels: SE, SXT and R/T. The standard engine on all but the R/T is 2.4L 173-hp 4-cylinder engine, paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission on the SE and a 6-speed auto on the SXT and R/T. Standard on the R/T and optional elsewhere is Chrysler's 3.6L Pentastar V6, which makes 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It comes only with the 6-speed automatic.
Safety features in the Avenger include multistage front airbags, active head restraints for the front seats and front and rear side-curtain airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are standard, as is Chrysler's ESP stability control system.
Even the base-level SE comes well-equipped, with body-color door handles, power heated mirrors, high-efficiency tires, new 17-inch wheels, an 8-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped wheel and automatic climate control. Other features across the line include air conditioning, power locks and windows, split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth, satellite radio and USB interface. The R/T features sport suspension as well as unique interior and exterior styling. The R/T features leather upholstery standard, as well as heated front seats.