2011 Dodge
Avenger Express
vs. 2012 Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR

2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

9.8

starting from

$29,190

Reasons to buy the Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Sporty performance
12.3 lb/hp
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Moon roof
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
2011 Dodge Avenger Express

8.4

starting from

$19,995

Reasons to buy the Dodge Avenger Express

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Fewer gears
4
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Spacious front seats
55.3 ft3
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Spacious back seats
44.9 ft3
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Average highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.7
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Winner: Altima 3.5 SR
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  • Almost the same
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Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Avenger Express Winner: Avenger Express
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  • The best price we've seen is $9,195 cheaper (more than 30% less), $19,995 vs $29,190
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 20 mpg
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Fewer gears
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Good highway range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.8 vs 8.4

Luxury Features

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Dodge Avenger Express Dodge
Avenger Express
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Altima 3.5 SR's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Altima 3.5 SR's power seats; not available on the Avenger Express
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Altima 3.5 SR

Cost

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Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Dodge Avenger Express Dodge
Avenger Express
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MSRP $29,190 vs $19,995 The Avenger Express has a great price and the Altima 3.5 SR is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 21 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Dodge Avenger Express Dodge
Avenger Express
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0-60 mph 6.5 seconds vs 6.3 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 127 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 14.9 s s @ 100.0 mph mph vs 14.8 s s @ 94.9 mph mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.82 g The Avenger Express has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Altima 3.5 SR
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
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Avenger Express
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Dodge Avenger Express Dodge
Avenger Express
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Dodge Avenger Express Dodge
Avenger Express
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 173 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Altima 3.5 SR is of average power, but the Avenger Express is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 4 Fewer gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.3 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp The Altima 3.5 SR is a sporty car, but the Avenger Express is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 36.5 ft

Practicality

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Altima 3.5 SR
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Avenger Express
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 540 miles vs 507 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 8.2 ft3 vs 13.5 ft3 The Avenger Express has OK cargo room, while the Altima 3.5 SR has very little
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front seats 49.3 ft3 vs 55.3 ft3 The Avenger Express has roomy front seats, but the Altima 3.5 SR is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Altima 3.5 SR offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Avenger Express
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Cupholders Unknown vs 6
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 4
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Altima 3.5 SR, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Altima 3.5 SR; but it's not available at all on the Avenger Express

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