ABS available, standard from 2008. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2012.
Responsive handling is the main attraction of this sporty coupe and its cousin, the Chrysler Sebring. Both are based on the previous-generation Mitsubishi Galant, which was hardly a standout when new. The 2.5-liter, 163-hp Mitsubishi V6 is now the only available engine. The chassis soaks up large bumps well, but small pavement flaws transmit firm kicks. The front seats provide good support; the rear is tight and access is difficult. The trunk is large. This is the last year for the current Avenger/Sebring pair.