There are cars that are a great value, and there are fun cars. And there are fun cars that are a great value. The Dodge Avenger falls into this category.
My daughters and I recently took it on a week-long trek through Virginia and North Carolina, and found it both fun for driving around town on short trips and comfortable for cruising the countryside. While its size is smaller than the typical sedan--making it easy to drive, park and maneuver--its interior is comfortable and well sized; no one felt cramped or uncomfortable. And it had plenty of room for luggage.
What did we girls like most? Besides the fun driver's experience, we loved the streaming Bluetooth that allowed us to sync and stream everyone's devices; everyone in the car got to play DJ. You can see our full review here.
As fun as the Avenger was for us girls, it's probably more likely regarded as a car better suited for the man of the house. And with its really reasonable sticker price of around $25,000, it would make the person paying the bills happy, too.
My husband spent some time with the Avenger, and here’s his take on it, complete with the points you might make about it to get your man to take this car seriously.
When I'm taking a road trip comfort is my first priority - especially when I'm rolling to a race. I also like to ride in style. I found the best of both - comfort and style - when I drove a 2013 Buick Enclave from Atlanta to Amelia Island to run the Zooma Florida Half Marathon. This was a quick trip, Renee and I made the five and a half hour trek to Florida on a Friday and came right back after running 13.1 miles on a Saturday. When you spend 11+ hours in a vehicle within a 36-hour period you get very familiar with what you like and what you don't. Here's the lowdown:
How many hours do you spend in your car during the average week? One 2009 study suggests that some of us spend as many as twenty hours a week in our cars. If you happen to live in the Washington, D.C. area -which I do- you could find yourself spending up to two hours getting from Point A to Point B. A trip that should really only take you thirty minutes. Ah, Beltway bliss.
As yourself this question; If you are going to spend endless hours in a car, wouldn’t you want that car to be a place enjoy being?
It's my Dad's fault that I've raised a Ford tough family, so when I was given the opportunity to test drive the 2013 Ford Taurus on a road trip to Rapid City, South Dakota, the gearhead in me said, "Yippee ki-yay! Vroom! Vroom!" Then my shiny Ruby Red beauty was delivered to my home, the day before a Denver to Rapid City, South Dakota road trip. The round-trip test drive cured my itchy feet and offered me insight into the 2013 Ford Tarurus SEL AWD. I returned to Denver with a greater appreciation of the new Taurus.