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2015 Dodge Dart

SXT2.4L I-4FWD6A8.2 sec16.2 sec @ 86 mph23/35/29 mpgCar and Driver

2014 Dodge Dart

GT2.4L I-4FWD6A8.7 sec16.6 sec @ 82.7 mph22/31/27 mpgMotor Trend

2013 Dodge Dart

Limited2.0L I-4FWD6A9.9 sec17.3 sec @ 81.4 mph24/34/---- mpgMotor Trend
Limited MultiAir 1.4T1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6A9.0 sec17.1 sec @ 85 mph27/37/26 mpgCar and Driver
Limited MultiAir 1.4T1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.2 sec16.2 sec @ 86 mph27/39/28 mpgCar and Driver
Limited MultiAir 1.4T1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.2 sec16.2 sec @ 84.8 mph27/39/---- mpgMotor Trend
Limited MultiAir 1.4T1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6A8.9 sec16.8 sec @ 84.6 mph27/37/19.5 mpgMotor Trend
Limited MultiAir 1.4T1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.2 sec16.2 sec @ 87 mph27/39/28 mpgMotor Week
Rallye MultiAir 1.4T1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M7.9 sec16.0 sec @ 87 mph27/39/28 mpgCar and Driver
Rallye MultiAir 1.4T1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.0 sec16.1 sec @ 87 mph27/39/29 mpgCar and Driver

1976 Dodge Dart

Sport V8 Coupe5.9L V8RWD3A7.3 sec15.7 sec @ 88.3 mph----/----/---- mpgCar and Driver

1962 Dodge Dart

Ramcharger 413 Hardtop Coupe (on slicks)6.8L V8RWD3M5.8 sec13.4 sec @ 109.7 mph----/----/---- mpgMotor Trend

About Dodge Dart

The car that redefines the meaning of compact – that’s what you will see when you drive the 2015 Dodge Dart. It is a small car that will provide you with midsize interior roominess.

Out of 41 affordable small cars, the Dodge Dart ranks number 23. This ranking is based on test drives, published reviews and its safety and reliability data. It also ranks number 14 in affordable compact cars.

With this car, luxury takes a seat. This car will provide you with new levels of craftsmanship with its high quality appointments inside the cabin. This is the car you need to consider if you are searching for a new car to buy.

A Snippet of Dodge Dart’s History

Dodge Dart 0-60The first Dodge Dart was built in 1960 by the Dodge division of Chrysler Corporation in the United States. But its original name first appeared in 1957 in a show car featuring a body designed by Carrozzeria Ghia, an Italian coach builder.

Production and sale of the first to the fourth generation of this vehicle went on until 1976 after which it was discontinued. This nameplate was resurrected in 2013, for a Fiat-derived compact car.

After about 35 years, the 2013 Dodge Dart again made its debut in the North American car market. It replaced the Dodge Caliber, Chrysler’s previous line of compact passenger car.

Specs

If you are interested in this car, you need to know its essential specifications. Here they are.

  • Engine: 2.0-Liter I4 DOHC, 160 hp. and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (standard), Optional: 1.4-Liter I4 16-Valve MultiAir Turbo Engine, 2.4-Liter I4 MultiAir Engine, 2.4-Liter I4 PZEV M-Air Engine
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission (standard)
  • Brakes: 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Disc Power Brakes, Brake Assist, Disc brakes front and rear
  • Suspension: Normal Duty Suspension, Rear Stabilizer Bar, Front – Independent, Rear – Multi-link

Performance

The third engine option of the Dodge Dart which is the 2.4 liter I4 MultiAir engine seems to be the best in terms of performance. It produces 184 horsepower and provides plenty of power and torque. Its shifting power is not very smooth though.

The base model with the standard 2.0 liter engine seems to have difficulty in moving its heavy body. It can supply 148 lb.-ft. of torque, which is not quite adequate for a car that weighs approximately 3,300 pounds.

This makes this car slower than its competitors especially when starting from a stop or climbing up a reasonably inclined hill or merging in a fast-flowing traffic.

If you want a more enjoyable drive, you can choose the trim level with a turbocharged 1.4 liter MultiAir engine. It can deliver 160 horsepower and an increased torque of 184 lb.-ft. However, the car feels sluggish when you’re running under 2,500 RPM.

Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel efficiency, Chrysler has a winner with its top Aero trim level. The rest of the trim levels are all respectably good although not that stellar in fuel economy.

The Aero trim level achieves a very respectable 41 miles per gallon on the highway, with either the manual or automatic transmission.

However, the base model with the 2.0 liter engine can only get 25 in the city and 36 on the highway which is quite respectable too. The automatic version achieves 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

Fuel economy of the 1.4 liter version is a bit better as it can get 27 miles to the gallon city and 37 mpg on the highway. But when fitted with the Aero tweak and manual transmission, it can give you 28 mpg on the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

If the car is equipped with automatic transmission the car’s efficiency will drop down a bit to 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Safety

This car has practically aced all its crash tests from the IIHS and the NHTSA. The IIHS gave this car top ‘good’ rating in most categories. But there’s one area where the Dart slipped – the new IIHS small-overlap frontal test.

It only got a second-best ‘acceptable’ rating. But that’s enough for it to earn a Top Safety Pick award, although not an a + because it lacks automatic-braking capability.

On its part, the NHTSA gave the Dart five stars overall in all of its test categories but not on its rollover test. However, it still gave the car respectable four stars in this test.

The Dodge Dart’s safety standards include ten airbags and the usual suite of electronic safety systems. Blind-spot alert and cross-traffic detection are both available in the higher trim levels but not in the compact segment.

Comfort and Quality

If you think that this car is bigger than most cars in its class, you are right. Its exterior and interior dimensions are really bigger. This car has a very roomy and comfortable interior.

Coupled with design elements that ensure a smooth ride, you will really enjoy driving this car, and your passengers will likewise enjoy their ride.

To learn more about Dodge Dart, visit the official Dodge website.

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