2009 Dodge Avenger

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2009 Dodge Avenger 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2008-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Dodge Avenger SE 4-door

The Dodge Avenger was introduced in the 2008 model year as a replacement for the Dodge Stratus, which was discontinued after the 2006 model year. The Chrysler Sebring sedan was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Both cars were restyled beginning with the 2011 model year, and the Sebring was renamed the 200.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The side curtain airbag deployed too late during the crash, after the head had moved to the left, outboard of the inflating curtain, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contact with side structure and outside objects. The small side torso airbag deployed.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

During the crash, the dummy's head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left, and the side curtain airbag deployed too late to offer any head protection, leaving the dummy's head exposed to contact with side structure and outside objects.

Except for door hinge pillar deformation, intrusion into the driver's space was reasonably well controlled, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1216
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 18
Footrest (cm) 14
Left toepan (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm) 0
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 8
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 9
Upper dash (cm) 10
Lower instrument panel (cm) 10

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1216
Head
HIC-15 103
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Femur (kN)
Left 2.5
Right 1.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 3
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.75
Right 0.27
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.8
Right 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 82
Right 90

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2008-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Dodge Avenger SXT 4-door

The Dodge Avenger was introduced in the 2008 model year as a replacement for the Dodge Stratus, which was discontinued after the 2006 model year. The Chrysler Sebring sedan was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Both cars were restyled beginning with the 2011 model year, and the Sebring was renamed the 200.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail, B-pillar, and head restraint during rebound. Head accelerations from these hits were low.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0803
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 7
Left (cm) 13
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0803
Head
HIC-15 163
Peak gs at hard contact 25
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.7
Femur force - right (kN) 1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.53
Maximum tibia index - right 0.58
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 56
Right 53

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2008-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Dodge Avenger SXT 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Dodge Avenger was introduced in the 2008 model year as a replacement for the Dodge Stratus, which was discontinued after the 2006 model year. The Chrysler Sebring sedan was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Both cars were restyled beginning with the 2011 model year, and the Sebring was renamed the 200.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0806
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -16.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0806
Head HIC-15 179
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 57
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 48
Average deflection (mm) 41
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.32
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.76
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.2
Combined force (kN) 3.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 158
A-P moment (Nm) 59

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0806
Head HIC-15 184
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 46
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.64
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.72
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.0
Combined force (kN) 1.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 184
A-P moment (Nm) -30

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2008-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Dodge Avenger SXT 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,275 lbs
Peak force 14,508 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.43

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Power cloth seats with manual adjustable lumbar

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seats with manual adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm) 32
Distance below top of head (mm) 38
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.4
Head contact time (ms) 64
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 137
Max neck tension (N) 711

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted