Debuting with a lot of fanfare for the 2013 model year, the Dodge Dart marked the first domestic launch of a new model from Chrysler's new European corporate parent. Combining modern Italian underpinnings with an iconic American nameplate and flavor, the new compact seemed like a recipe with a lot of potential. But the first two Darts we tested left us feeling it wasn't ready for the big leagues.
A 2014 update brought quite a few tweaks, which make it a more palatable car. But the Dart still falls well short of competing with the best models in the class. It has a solid feel and a relatively quiet interior, and it offers certain upscale features that aren't usually found in a compact sedan. But the Dart's Achilles' heel is its powertrains; none of the three available delivers the refinement, performance, or fuel economy of higher-rated competitors.
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