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Despite some recent updates, the compact Dart still falls short of the big leagues. Strong points include taut handling and a composed ride. In addition, the front cabin is quite spacious and the UConnect infotainment system on the upper trims is one of the better ones. Despite improvements, the rear-seat accommodations don't measure up to the class. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is mated to a smooth six-speed automatic. This combo returned 27 mpg overall in our tests, unimpressive by class standards. Though it lacks refinement, this engine is a better choice than the sluggish base 2.0-liter (which got the same mileage) or the 1.4-liter turbo that's linked to the dual-clutch transmission. The Dart is slated to be discontinued.

Safety Equipment

ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard.

Road Test

For the first all-new model to emerge from the Fiat-Chrysler alliance, Dodge has resurrected an old nameplate and put it on a car with an Italian heritage. The new Dart, which replaces the subpar Caliber, is the first decent small car from Dodge in d...

Highs

  • Feels solid and substantial, with relatively low road noise for the class
  • You can opt for several upscale features that are uncommon in this class, including Chrysler's excellent Uconnect touch-screen system

Lows

  • The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder is underpowered with so-so fuel economy for the class
  • The turbocharged engine and dual-clutch automated manual transmission are unrefined and expensive

Best Version to Get

Given that 2014 revisions considerably improved the Dart, we'd skip over buying a 2013. The 2.4-liter engine isn't going to win any fuel economy prizes, but it is the smoothest and most responsive choice. We like the Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen system for its ease-of-use. If you do op...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (160 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (184 hp)