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Anybody actually drive one of these. I saw two, one right behind each other at a traffic light. One Silver,One Black. Better in person then I've seen pictures of. It was a warm day and a guy about 30 was driving the Black one. I yelled " How do you like it " All he did was give me a Thumbs up and screeched off.....Looked kinda cool I have to admit

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I've driven two different SXTs recently, one with the four-banger and one with the 2.7 Flex Fuel V6. It's actually a really nice car with decent styling in person. And the performance with the four-cylinder is actually decent. I like it.

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I test drove a black R/T...it's blast to drive. With the 3.5L, 6-speed and sport suspension setup it's a great all-around performer. I opened it up on a stretch of open road and when from 30-70 very quickly. It brakes really well too.

The interior has a lot of hard plastic, but it has soft material where it needs to (center and door arm rests, steering wheel and of course seats). The seats were firm but comfortable, kinda remind me of the Saab-3's seats. The steering wheel is think and small, and feels great in your hand.

I have full impressions of it here:

http://www.cheersandgears.com/forums/index...showtopic=16039

and here (the test drive)

http://www.cheersandgears.com/forums/index...=16066&st=0

I've seen a lot of happy reviews for this car.

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I sat in the back seat of an R/T and I instantly felt my net-worth plummet.

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Until Chrysler does something drastic to improve their interiors, I shall remain unimpressed. The SXT (and the Sebring, for that matter) I sat in at the Denver Auto Show struck me as very, very cheap inside - even compared to my seven-year-old Mazda, which is rather depressing. But my 626 honestly has more soft-touch surfaces and better-feeling cloth. (I won't even go into how I feel about the Caliber's interior - that's goddamn depressing.)

I hear good reviews for everything BUT the interior of the Avenger, though, so maybe I could be swayed if the performance is there. Or, better yet, I'll wait for Chrysler's new interior studio to start cranking out some better designs.

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From the reader comments -

I test drove an Avenger R/T last month. The interior is NOT k-car cheap. The interior in this car is striking in its design, well executed and one of the best looking in its class. Two tone ensemble looks great, chrome and aluminum trim on the doors, dash and even door speaker surrounds shows real attention to detail. If you think this looks bad you must be rockin a Corolla LE, beige on beige, with grey plastic hubcaps probably. Or maybe white. Stop your whining about the grey interior, you CAN get it in a different two tone leight beige and stone color. Moronic journalism at its best. You should be fired.

Now, granted, I haven't driven an Avenger (or a Sebring), so I can't comment on the engine noise. But this guy seriously needs to re-evaluate his standards for interior quality - the Corolla he mentions actually has a MUCH BETTER interior than the Avenger, regardless of whether you're talking about this year's Corolla or one from, say, eight years ago. (Read my previous comment about my seven-year-old Mazda above.)

And since when was "light beige and stone" ever an upgrade in color from gray? Far as I'm concerned, it's the same thing...

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I will constructively add that the Avenger, even in R/T form, is a pile of crap.

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Looks pretty nice on the road.

I've seen maybe 5 or 6 already.

I prefer the Sebring though.

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I will constructively add that the Avenger, even in R/T form, is a pile of crap.

Based soley on the interior or what?

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Based soley on the interior or what?

The interior, and the ill fitting panel gaps on the driver-side of the show car. But the interior is what got me the most.

I don't have the highest expectations when it comes to interiors. I drive a seventeen year old truck, so once again, I'm generally a man of simple tastes when it comes to vehicle interiors... As long as it is easy to use, doesn't look cheesy, and suits the price point, I'm a happy camper.

So when I sit in a new vehicle, and laugh out loud, you know you have a problem. The R/T's interior just felt 'cheap' . The Calibre's interior is just as bad, but it's a cheaper vehicle, so it's forgivable.

I was given a chance to test it, but why bother? If they did a $h!ty job with the interior/exterior, what will the powertrain be like?

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The interior, and the ill fitting panel gaps on the driver-side of the show car. But the interior is what got me the most.

I don't have the highest expectations when it comes to interiors. I drive a seventeen year old truck, so once again, I'm generally a man of simple tastes when it comes to vehicle interiors... As long as it is easy to use, doesn't look cheesy, and suits the price point, I'm a happy camper.

So when I sit in a new vehicle, and laugh out loud, you know you have a problem. The R/T's interior just felt 'cheap' . The Calibre's interior is just as bad, but it's a cheaper vehicle, so it's forgivable.

I was given a chance to test it, but why bother? If they did a $h!ty job with the interior/exterior, what will the powertrain be like?

Try driving it and see for yourself, otherwise you have no room to judge.

I like the exterior so that's subjective, as is the interior design. Materials could be better but the one I sat in was almost perfectly assembled (I think there was one slight misalignment, but I forget). If you're not gonna have crazy monkey sex on the dash and judge the car on its merits besides the interior materials, you'll find that it is a good car.

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If you're not gonna have crazy monkey sex on the dash and judge the car on its merits besides the interior materials, you'll find that it is a good car.

I thought that's what a Dodge guy would want to do.

You mean I have to go with an Altima to get that?

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I thought that's what a Dodge guy would want to do.

You mean I have to go with an Altima to get that?

Or you could buy a bed for that purpose. Hell of a lot cheaper if that's all you plan to use it for.

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Or you could buy a bed for that purpose. Hell of a lot cheaper if that's all you plan to use it for.

Or... You could buy an midsize competitor, get a much better vehicle in all categories... and then have hot monkey sex on the much, much, much higher quality dash. Hell, might even pocket some money since the Avenger is, surprisingly, not the cheapest in price.

Avenger: $18,895

Fusion: $17,800

Accord: $18,700

Sonata: $17,795

Optima: $16,995

Milan: $18,710

Galant: $18,595

Altima: $18,500

G6: $17,645

Camry: $18,850

Out of all those, it costs the most, yet is no where near being the best car. Sad.

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Or... You could buy an midsize competitor, get a much better vehicle in all categories... and then have hot monkey sex on the much, much, much higher quality dash. Hell, might even pocket some money since the Avenger is, surprisingly, not the cheapest in price.

Avenger: $18,895

Fusion: $17,800

Accord: $18,700

Sonata: $17,795

Optima: $16,995

Milan: $18,710

Galant: $18,595

Altima: $18,500

G6: $17,645

Camry: $18,850

Out of all those, it costs the most, yet is no where near being the best car. Sad.

Are those prices for the midline models?

We're discussing the R/T... and what I understand, the R/T is comparably cheaper than competitors.

And fair enough DF... I haven't driven the damn thing. But by reading the reviews, it seems like I'd be better off spending a half hour watching porn, instead of test driving the Avenger. At least the porn won't make me feel all dirty inside. :P

The car does have some attitude, and I credit Dodge with trying, and I don't mind the exterior at all. It's just the car the company was showing off had some bad panel gappage. Nothing that would be cause for alarm... but it refelects poorly on the build quality, and shows people that the Dodge is just cheaper car. I love Chrysler's LX models, and I'd pick up a Charger or Magnum in a hearbeat, it's not as if I'm a biased asshole.

I used to love Dodge believe it or not. When I was little, ever since I saw Twister, I wanted a Ram. The Van Halen tracks on the movie helped too :P . I was amazed by the Chrysler 300, and I have two posters of the current Charger. So really, when Dodge builds GOOD vehicles, I'm a fan. They don't have to even be at the top of any comparison test for me to love them.

But the Avenger is garbage, and deserves to be much better.

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At least the porn won't make me feel all dirty inside. :P

PM me for links to the stuff that will......

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My comparison, based on what I have generally observed to be the best-selling model in each line. For greater ease, I've totaled up both the four-cylinder and V6 variants. Optional equipment - usually just automatic transmission or required packages - has been added if necessary to keep things fair, and will be noted. Incentives and freight costs have not been calculated into these figures, however. Your mileage may, as always, vary. Specifically not included: the Volkswagen Passat, which has recently priced itself into entry-luxury territory and thus out of this low-end league.

FOURS:

'07 Kia Optima LX (161hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 5A): $17,650

'07 Chevrolet Malibu LT (144hp 2.2 DOHC I4, 4A): $18,375

'07 Hyundai Sonata GLS (162hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $18,445

'07 Pontiac G6 (167hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $18,730

'07 Ford Fusion SE (160hp 2.3 DOHC I4, 5A): $19,005 (including $850 for automatic)

'08 Dodge Avenger SXT (172hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $19,120

'07 Chrysler Sebring Touring (172hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $19,520

'07 Mercury Milan (160hp 2.3 DOHC I4, 5A): $19,595 (including $850 for automatic)

'07 Nissan Altima 2.5 S (175hp 2.5 DOHC I4, CVT): $20,300

'07 Mazda 6i Sport Value (160hp 2.3 DOHC I4, 5A): $20,330

'07 Honda Accord LX (166hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 5A): $20,925

'07 Toyota Camry LE (158hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 5A): $20,975

'07 Mitsubishi Galant ES (160hp 2.4 SOHC I4, 4A): $20,999

'07 Subaru Legacy 2.5i (175hp 2.5 SOHC H4, 4A): $21,495

SIXES:

'07 Chevrolet Malibu LT (201hp 3.5 OHV V6, 4A): $20,085

'07 Kia Optima EX V6 (185hp 2.7 DOHC V6, 5A): $20,400

'07 Ford Fusion SE V6 (221hp 3.0 DOHC V6, 6A): $20,880

'07 Hyundai Sonata SE (235hp 3.3 DOHC V6, 5A): $21,345

'07 Mercury Milan V6 (221hp 3.0 DOHC V6, 6A): $21,765

'07 Pontiac G6 GT (224hp 3.5 OHV V6, 4A): $22,310

'08 Dodge Avenger R/T (235hp 3.5 SOHC V6, 6A): $22,870

'07 Mazda 6s Sport Value (215hp 3.0 DOHC V6, 6A): $23,040

'07 Toyota Camry LE V6 (268hp 3.5 DOHC V6, 6A): $23,540

'07 Saturn Aura XR (252hp 3.6 DOHC V6, 6A): $23,945

'07 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE (270hp 3.5 DOHC V6, CVT): $24,500

'07 Mitsubishi Galant GTS (230hp 3.8 SOHC V6, 5A): $24,999

'07 Chrysler Sebring Limited (235hp 3.5 SOHC V6, 6A): $25,070 (including $1750 for 3.5/6A combo)

'07 Honda Accord LX V6 (244hp 3.0 SOHC V6, 5A): $25,200

Feel free to analyze as you see fit...

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My comparison, based on what I have generally observed to be the best-selling model in each line. For greater ease, I've totaled up both the four-cylinder and V6 variants. Optional equipment - usually just automatic transmission or required packages - has been added if necessary to keep things fair, and will be noted. Incentives and freight costs have not been calculated into these figures, however. Your mileage may, as always, vary. Specifically not included: the Volkswagen Passat, which has recently priced itself into entry-luxury territory and thus out of this low-end league.

FOURS:

'07 Kia Optima LX (161hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 5A): $17,650

'07 Chevrolet Malibu LT (144hp 2.2 DOHC I4, 4A): $18,375

'07 Hyundai Sonata GLS (162hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $18,445

'07 Pontiac G6 (167hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $18,730

'07 Ford Fusion SE (160hp 2.3 DOHC I4, 5A): $19,005 (including $850 for automatic)

'08 Dodge Avenger SXT (172hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $19,120

'07 Chrysler Sebring Touring (172hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $19,520

'07 Mercury Milan (160hp 2.3 DOHC I4, 5A): $19,595 (including $850 for automatic)

'07 Nissan Altima 2.5 S (175hp 2.5 DOHC I4, CVT): $20,300

'07 Mazda 6i Sport Value (160hp 2.3 DOHC I4, 5A): $20,330

'07 Honda Accord LX (166hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 5A): $20,925

'07 Toyota Camry LE (158hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 5A): $20,975

'07 Mitsubishi Galant ES (160hp 2.4 SOHC I4, 4A): $20,999

'07 Subaru Legacy 2.5i (175hp 2.5 SOHC H4, 4A): $21,495

SIXES:

'07 Chevrolet Malibu LT (201hp 3.5 OHV V6, 4A): $20,085

'07 Kia Optima EX V6 (185hp 2.7 DOHC V6, 5A): $20,400

'07 Ford Fusion SE V6 (221hp 3.0 DOHC V6, 6A): $20,880

'07 Hyundai Sonata SE (235hp 3.3 DOHC V6, 5A): $21,345

'07 Mercury Milan V6 (221hp 3.0 DOHC V6, 6A): $21,765

'07 Pontiac G6 GT (224hp 3.5 OHV V6, 4A): $22,310

'08 Dodge Avenger R/T (235hp 3.5 SOHC V6, 6A): $22,870

'07 Mazda 6s Sport Value (215hp 3.0 DOHC V6, 6A): $23,040

'07 Toyota Camry LE V6 (268hp 3.5 DOHC V6, 6A): $23,540

'07 Saturn Aura XR (252hp 3.6 DOHC V6, 6A): $23,945

'07 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE (270hp 3.5 DOHC V6, CVT): $24,500

'07 Mitsubishi Galant GTS (230hp 3.8 SOHC V6, 5A): $24,999

'07 Chrysler Sebring Limited (235hp 3.5 SOHC V6, 6A): $25,070 (including $1750 for 3.5/6A combo)

'07 Honda Accord LX V6 (244hp 3.0 SOHC V6, 5A): $25,200

Feel free to analyze as you see fit...

Doesn't the G6 also have the 3.6, 6A now as well? I wonder what makes the Sebring more expseisive than the Avenger, especially since it doesn't even have the tuning package the Avenger R/T gets.

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Are those prices for the midline models?

We're discussing the R/T... and what I understand, the R/T is comparably cheaper than competitors.

Base models... And from what I understand, it doesn't matter. Whore. :P:D

My comparison, based on what I have generally observed to be the best-selling model in each line. For greater ease, I've totaled up both the four-cylinder and V6 variants. Optional equipment - usually just automatic transmission or required packages - has been added if necessary to keep things fair, and will be noted. Incentives and freight costs have not been calculated into these figures, however. Your mileage may, as always, vary. Specifically not included: the Volkswagen Passat, which has recently priced itself into entry-luxury territory and thus out of this low-end league.

FOURS:

'07 Kia Optima LX (161hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 5A): $17,650

'07 Chevrolet Malibu LT (144hp 2.2 DOHC I4, 4A): $18,375

'07 Hyundai Sonata GLS (162hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $18,445

'07 Pontiac G6 (167hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $18,730

'07 Ford Fusion SE (160hp 2.3 DOHC I4, 5A): $19,005 (including $850 for automatic)

'08 Dodge Avenger SXT (172hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $19,120

'07 Chrysler Sebring Touring (172hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 4A): $19,520

'07 Mercury Milan (160hp 2.3 DOHC I4, 5A): $19,595 (including $850 for automatic)

'07 Nissan Altima 2.5 S (175hp 2.5 DOHC I4, CVT): $20,300

'07 Mazda 6i Sport Value (160hp 2.3 DOHC I4, 5A): $20,330

'07 Honda Accord LX (166hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 5A): $20,925

'07 Toyota Camry LE (158hp 2.4 DOHC I4, 5A): $20,975

'07 Mitsubishi Galant ES (160hp 2.4 SOHC I4, 4A): $20,999

'07 Subaru Legacy 2.5i (175hp 2.5 SOHC H4, 4A): $21,495

SIXES:

'07 Chevrolet Malibu LT (201hp 3.5 OHV V6, 4A): $20,085

'07 Kia Optima EX V6 (185hp 2.7 DOHC V6, 5A): $20,400

'07 Ford Fusion SE V6 (221hp 3.0 DOHC V6, 6A): $20,880

'07 Hyundai Sonata SE (235hp 3.3 DOHC V6, 5A): $21,345

'07 Mercury Milan V6 (221hp 3.0 DOHC V6, 6A): $21,765

'07 Pontiac G6 GT (224hp 3.5 OHV V6, 4A): $22,310

'08 Dodge Avenger R/T (235hp 3.5 SOHC V6, 6A): $22,870

'07 Mazda 6s Sport Value (215hp 3.0 DOHC V6, 6A): $23,040

'07 Toyota Camry LE V6 (268hp 3.5 DOHC V6, 6A): $23,540

'07 Saturn Aura XR (252hp 3.6 DOHC V6, 6A): $23,945

'07 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE (270hp 3.5 DOHC V6, CVT): $24,500

'07 Mitsubishi Galant GTS (230hp 3.8 SOHC V6, 5A): $24,999

'07 Chrysler Sebring Limited (235hp 3.5 SOHC V6, 6A): $25,070 (including $1750 for 3.5/6A combo)

'07 Honda Accord LX V6 (244hp 3.0 SOHC V6, 5A): $25,200

Feel free to analyze as you see fit...

Yes, that is certainly a more complete list. I intentionally left out higher priced vehicles.. My prices via Motor Trends buyers guide. They seem to differ from those.
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The Avenger stands out on the street. I like the car, especially in R/T trim with spoiler delete. Chrysler's interiors all look alike these days, yes, and the color choices are dull, but I'm sure they're durable.
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