The Dodge Avenger was originally released in 1995 as a replacement for the Dodge Daytona. The earlier models were basic level vehicles with limited features built to serve the Daytona enthusiasts. This collaboration between Chrysler and Mitsubishi introduced the first vehicle of the Diamond Star Motors line. Since the initial rollout of the Dodge Avenger, the vehicle has taken on many changes and features, catering to a variety of customers.
The Early Dodge Avenger
The earlier models of the Dodge Avenger were available in the coupe version only with the option between a V6 and a 4-cylinder. By the year 1999, a sportier 2-door version was available. This included a spoiler and higher cast aluminum wheels. One of the biggest selling points of the earlier Avenger models was the high fuel economy rating of over 30 mpg. Another prominent early selling feature was the fully independent wishbone suspension.
Early 2000 Dodge Avenger
The early 2000 Dodge Avenger models introduced technological features to keep up with competitors. Both models available at the time offered cruise control and keyless entry options. However, the car still was only available as a 2-door coupe. Improved and more in demand colors were added to the Avenger line, with the newest option being the shark blue. By the end of 2000, the Dodge Avenger was discontinued and replaced with the Dodge Stratus.
The 2008 Dodge Avenger
After a long break, the Dodge Avenger made its return to inventory. The Dodge Stratus was replaced, and added features included newly styled interior and exteriors, a 4-door option for families, an improved transmission, and most popular: the new “Chill Zone.” This was a standard option that allowed drivers to store drink cans chilled in the vehicle’s glove box. The newly designed Avenger also made its way into other countries during this time.
The 2009 Dodge Avenger
Although there were minimal changes from 2008 to 2009 for the Dodge Avenger, this year did bring about the sedan version. The Avenger could now be used by families. Its great mileage ratings paired with a comfortable ride and safer features made it the perfect family vehicle of its time. The price was also very comparable, and in many cases competitive, to other family-sized vehicles.
The 2011 Dodge Avenger
The Dodge Avenger remained somewhat the same throughout 2008-2010, with only minimal changes making it to the newer models. However, in 2011, the Dodge Avenger saw significant changes yet again. Exterior changes included a new frontal grille and better designed LED taillights. The interior saw an entire revamp with softer interior materials, higher value upholstery seating, and the addition of new two-toned color options. Additionally, there were now three more trim options available. The Avenger saw increased American ratings and a spike in sales.
The Discontinuation of the Dodge Avenger
By 2014, the decision was made to discontinue the Dodge Avenger entirely. Despite good ratings and high safety awards, Dodge decided it was too similar to other models that were already on the market. This decision was made in an effort to prevent model overlap and to give other vehicles a fair share of the market.