2013 Dodge Dart | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior

July 7th, 2012 | Category: Dodge | 989 Views

2013 Dodge Dart | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior – Now, As an all new entry in the compact car category, the 2013 Dodge Dart carries a heavy burden. Dodge hasn’t offered a truly competitive model in this segment for over five years. Furthermore, the Dart represents the first fully collaborative effort between Chrysler and Fiat since the automakers merged three years ago. With an all-new body riding on an Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform, Dodge has created a compact sedan with exterior flair and confident handling. By extending the original Giulietta platform 12 inches in length and 2 inches in width the Dart also offers substantial interior space (the EPA classifies it as a midsize car) and a confident-yet-comfortable ride quality.

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But the new Dodge’s most unique trait is the wide variety of trim levels, features and options available to suit almost any buyer’s tastes. In what has become an ultra-competitive category, the 2013 Dodge Dart’s trump card is a level of customer choice and personalization not typically seen in this price range. The single most important thing about the 2013 Dodge Dart is that it proves Chrysler is still in the game. The new Dart compact sedan may not leapfrog every other compact on the market to set lofty new heights of excellence. But it’s stylish, fun to drive, offers some pioneering features for the segment, and is competitively priced. And the last time the company introduced a sedan you could say that about the Chrysler 300 was 2005.

From the car’s roominess inside to its strong Dodge design roots, the Dart is a breath of fresh air in a compact segment that threatens to become even more beige than it has been. Just consider the competition. On one end is a newly strong competitor, the Hyundai Elantra. It’s undeniably stylish, gets great fuel economy, and offers plenty of value for the money. On the other end is the aged, invisible, unappealing Toyota Corolla (due to be replaced for 2014), saddled with an archaic four-speed automatic transmission and numb electric power steering. In between are the stylish but pricey Ford Focus, the good-citizen Chevy Cruze (still the quietest highway cruiser of the class), and the somewhat disappointing all-new 2012 Honda Civic.

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Exterior Design of Dodge Dart :
Exterior Design of Dodge Dart. | Because the 2013 Dart is an all-new model riding on an all-new platform Dodge’s designers and engineers were free to establish an exterior design almost from scratch. Of course specific Dodge trademarks, such as the crosshair grille and thin taillights, had to be incorporated into the new design, but the Dart’s overall shape and proportions don’t have a familiar feel. Given the brand’s recent history in this segment, that’s probably a good thing.

For example, the rising body line between the Dart’s front wheel well and rear taillight, along with its wider fender flairs, contrasts with the sloping front, side, and rear glass (designers call this “tumblehome”) to give the compact sedan an aggressive and sporty stance. This basic shape is enhanced by larger (up to 18-inch) wheels, wraparound LED taillights and a blacked-out grille treatment in premium trims such as the Dart Rallye and R/T.

“The Dodge Dart was a dream to design,” said Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge Design Chrysler Group LLC. “The Alfa Romeo-based architecture allowed us to design an exterior with great proportions that say ‘fun-to-drive’ when you look at it. Add in the Charger-inspired ‘racetrack’ taillamps, a new, sleek crosshair grille and piano black accents, and it all adds up to a performance inspired design with just the right amount of attitude.”

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Driving Experience of Dodge Dart :
Driving Experience of Dodge Dart. | With so many versions available it may be difficult for Dart buyers to decide which model to order. With three engines, three transmissions, six wheel designs, 7 interior colors and 12 exterior colors the 2013 Dart is supposed to offer over 100,000 possible combinations for buyers to choose from if they are willing to order the car and wait 4-6 weeks for delivery.

The Dart R/T with the 2.4-liter engine (184 horsepower, 171 pound-feet of torque) was not available for us to drive and will not be available for purchase until the second half of 2012. That left us with the base 2.0-liter and optional 1.4-liter engines to sample. Both engines are rated at 160 horsepower, but the smaller 1.4-liter is turbocharged and makes 184 lb-ft. of torque versus the base engine’s 148 lb-ft.

If there’s an issue that will streamline the multitude of Dart choices it’s this: we didn’t notice much difference in performance between the 2.0-liter and 1.4-liter engines. While the 1.4-liter turbo is badged as the “premium” powerplant (and one that offers better fuel efficiency) we’d likely stick with the base 2.0-liter, at least given the incremental bump in acceleration we experienced when stepping up to the turbo. We didn’t perform instrumented testing, but we’re guessing a real-world difference of approximately one second or less in zero-to-60 times, with both engines taking around 9 seconds.

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Interior of Dodge Dart :
Interior of Dodge Dart. | Dodge designers focused on creating a modern blend of precision craftsmanship, state of the art technology, exciting bursts of color and hand-sculpted shapes when designing the Dart’s interior, which is crafted with materials and technology typically found in more expensive vehicle segments. Starting with modern Dodge DNA and through the use of innovative ambient interior lighting, high-quality soft-touch materials and high-tech features, the 2013 Dodge Dart is loaded with cool amenities and unexpected delights for both drivers and passengers.

The Dart’s “driver-centric” layout is designed to put all controls within easy reach of the driver. Customizable displays and comfort-tuned seats are packaged in an exceptionally spacious, pleasing interior. Packaged in the footprint of a compact car, the 2013 Dodge Dart features the interior spaciousness of a mid-size sedan, and it boasts best-in-class hip and shoulder room.

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