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2013 Dodge Dart

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2013 Dodge Dart Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

Dodge's first compact model since the Neon, the all-new 2013 Dart is an impressive exercise that's stylish, roomy, well-finished and offers loads of powertrain and personalization possibilities. With a host of new techno touches, innovative user-friendly features and multiple trim grades – including an econo-oriented Aero model and a performance-oriented GT variant – this engaging front-drive sedan can be tailored to meet almost any set of buyer preferences. Given its equally aggressive pricing, the 2013 Dodge Dart is poised to be a major player in a super-competitive market segment that includes established heavyweights like the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda Mazda3.

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Bold looks, impressive features, outstanding interior space, Euro-flavored driving dynamics and fuel-efficient powertrain choices – eventually including a mileage-maxing aero package – coupled with value pricing make the new Dodge Dart a compelling choice in the compact segment.

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Buyers who prefer more traditional styling or demand a vehicle with a hybrid or turbodiesel powertrain will still need to turn to Dart rivals like the Honda Civic or Volkswagen Jetta. With its available Skyactiv engine, the Mazda3 also makes a strong case for consideration.

What's New for 2013

As the first Chrysler Group product to be based on Alfa Romeo platform architecture, the 2013 Dart resurrects a classic Dodge name while introducing a new level of style, content and practical technology to the brand – and in several instances, to the entire compact segment.

Driving the Dart

Driving Impressions Based on an expanded Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform, the 2013 Dodge Dart features a super-rigid unit body rich in high-strength steel that gives it the kind of tight, solid feel...

typically associated with a larger car. A long wheelbase, well-tuned suspension and nicely-sorted electric power steering combine to make the Dart as comfortable and controlled cruising down a highway as it is taking on serpentine back roads. Less-demanding drivers will find the standard 160-horsepower/2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine has adequate muscle to move this 3,200-pound sedan, but it's decidedly less stressed when backed by the manual transmission. The optional 1.4-liter turbocharged four with its substantially greater torque both feels and sounds more enthusiastic, but hard-liners will find the GT, with its 184-horsepower 2.4-liter engine and tauter chassis, to be their Dart of choice.

MULTIAIR ENGINE TECHNOLOGY
Developed by Fiat and fitted to both the 1.4-liter turbo and 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated Dart engines, MultiAir technology individually controls the lift and timing of the engine's intake valves to improve both performance and fuel economy.

FLOATING ISLAND DASH BEZEL
A class-exclusive feature that's standard on Dart Limited and GT models, this innovative interior element is ringed in Ruby Red band of LED illumination and contains the 7.0-inch reconfigurable TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instrument cluster display and 8.4-inch UConnect touch screen multimedia system.

2013 Dodge Dart Details
2013 Dodge Dart photo Interior

Offering abundant space, innovative style, loads of soft-touch surfaces and numerous color/trim possibilities, the 2013 Dart gets our vote for best-in-class overall cabin design. Its front bucket seats, whether covered in cloth or available leather, provide a great combination of comfort and support while the rear bench is fully adult compatible. Available segment-exclusives like a reconfigurable dash display, huge Uconnect infotainment screen and a heated steering wheel further define its unique character while a cavernous glovebox that can literally swallow a laptop plus hidden storage under the front-passenger seat cushion on the Limited and GT models further add to the new Dart's appeal.

Exterior
2013 Dodge Dart photo

The 2013 Dodge Dart's sleek and sexy exterior previews a number of cues that will also appear in subsequent Dodge models. With its long (106.4-inch) wheelbase, short overhangs and relatively wide stance, the Dart has a well-planted look even when it's standing still. A distinctive interpretation of the division's signature "gunsight" grille design and the available full-width LED taillights integrate seamlessly with its different model-specific color and accent touches, while unique wheel/tire fitments and detailing further separate this 4-door from the rest of its compact rivals in the curbside appeal department.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2013 Dart models offer impressive standards that build within the model hierarchy. The base SE features a 160-horsepower engine, power windows, projector-beam headlights, LED taillights and a comprehensive suite of safety systems – including 10 airbags – while the SXT adds items like air conditioning, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and 17-inch alloy wheels. Rallye models gain cruise control and unique cosmetics, with the posher Limited adding the floating island dash bezel with UConnect plus econo-enhancing active grille shutters and underbody fairings – the latter two items shared with the SE-based Aero. The GT boasts a 184-horsepower engine, sport suspension, 18-inch alloys, Nappa leather upholstery and more.

Optional Equipment

Many Dart options are trim-grade related and available in various packages as well as in stand-alone form, including the new Mopar wireless charging bin for smartphones. Even the SXT offers the 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen, navigation and a 506-watt audio system, plus the 1.4-liter Turbo MultiAir engine. Dart Limited buyers can opt for Nappa leather in place of cloth upholstery, as well as the Technology/Premium Groups that bring items like high-intensity-discharge xenon headlights, dual-zone auto climate control, a heated steering wheel, Blind-spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Path detection. Both packages as well as unique 18-inch alloy wheels are available on the Dart R/T.

Under the Hood

The new Dodge Dart offers three 4-cylinder engines, each optimized for efficiency and mpg. All but the GT start with a 2.0-liter "Tigershark" engine that makes a class-leading 160 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, but SXT/Rallye/Limited models offer an optional Fiat-sourced 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir engine which also is standard in the Dart's mpg-leader Aero model. It too develops 160 horsepower in all applications, but generates nearly 25 percent more torque. Topping the muscle charts, the GT's 2.4-liter Tigershark with MultiAir cranks out 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of twist. The engines can be backed by a 6-speed manual transmission or available 6-speed automatic – a conventional unit with SportShift for the 2.0-liter/2.4-liter models – or a 1.4-liter-specific dual dry clutch automatic transmission.

Dodge Dart SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited:
2.0-liter inline-4
160 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
148 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/36 mpg (manual), 24/34 mpg (automatic)

Standard in Dodge Dart Aero/Optional in Dart SXT, Rallye, Limited:
1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4
160 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/39 mpg (manual), 27/37 mpg (automatic)
Aero: 28/41 mpg (manual), 28/40 mpg (automatic)

Dodge Dart GT:
2.4-liter inline-4
184 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/33 mpg (manual), 24/34 mpg (automatic)

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2013 Dodge Dart Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 109 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

I Love my Aero DDCT/1.4L Turbo Multiair

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Well built, great performance & mileage. Fun."

Cons: "Auto mode engine rpm shift points are too high."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We purchased this for a fuel efficient road car, and haven't been dissapointed. I ordered the DDCT auto because my wife didn't want a stick, and the DDCT's manual mode is close enough for me. Watch the Alfa-Romeo video on this transmission. Seamless shifts, very efficinet since it has no clutch pack windage losses. The 1.4L Multiair Turbo is outstanding. 184 ft/lb torque curve peaks @ 2400 rpm and holds flat to 4500 rpm. This is more torque than Camry, Accord, or Chrysler 200, all with 2.4-2.5 L4s, and all a class larger. In the manual mode, the Aero accelerates quickly without down shifts from 2k-3k rpm. I prefer the manual mode because I get very, very good acceleration without excessively reving the engine. My only 'con' is the auto mode programmed shift points are too high, and don't exploit this car's remarkable low rpm touque. The chassis is based on a Alfa Romeo cousin. The axles have multi link stabilization, and it shows itself when pushing the Dart through tight, fun curves. My driving ability and nerve are the limiting factors, Not the Dart Aeros ability to stick to the road. Very solid, quiet and smooth on the highway. The Dart Aero is heavy compared to competitors, but the 41 highway mpg. is real, thanks to the turbo and Multiair intake. The extra weight is metal, and likely results in this car's high safety rating. Manufacturers advertise horsepower as a selling point, but it only occurs at very high engine speeds near red line. Torque is what matters. Most drivers rarely rev. their engines beyond 4K, even when ramping onto an interstate, and cruise at 2.2-2.7K. High torque allows good accelleration and throttle response in this 2.2-4K range. Even after dissing HP, the Dart Aero's 160 is at the top of comparable models. I've read negative Dart reviews regarding interior and exterior styling. I don't understand these types of complaints of any car. Test drive and decide. Then shut up."

Got really ripped off.

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good car if you don't care about certain aspects."

Cons: "No space, small, low quality."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The main thing is I bought it for 26k and it's value has diminished $10k in less than a year. Which basically says no one wants this car. The front of the car is low, and the back is rounded up higher. It makes the car look really awkward from a side view, it only looks somewhat decent from the front. The quality of the car is like it's made out of a plastic water bottle. I hit some trashcans while I wasn't paying attention, (the non-metal ones) and it caused my whole right side of my car to be messed up. A $3000+ repair for 3 trashcans. The rubbery ones that fall down if you let go. My mirror was also knocked off, and my doors dented as well as my window no longer being able to roll up. I will be trading this car. Not to mention as soon as I got the car a month later I got a check engine light for the oil pressure gauge. Awesome."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent price so I could afford upgrades"

Cons: "Short."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love almost everything about this car. Only downsides are that it doesn't fit tall torso'd people and mine doesn't seem to like it when you push the petal to the floor, she reacts a little slower when I do. Otherwise, great car!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Awesome in the corners!

By on Thursday, April 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "built very well and planted in the corners."

Cons: "u-connect is a pain, doesn't stay connected."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It has the looks, great in the corners, easy on fuel and fun to drive. It is a great value but it's resale value does drop quickly."

13 people out of 23 found this review helpful

love, love, love my Dart

By on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "paint seems rarther cheap"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this vehicle as a 3 season driver - it has not disappointed me. Fabulous value for the money, all the bells and whistles, and I get 30 mpg even while goosing around town. 6 speed manual trans is very sportsman-like, reminds me of the original Toyota Celica GTs from the early 70's - TONS OF FUN TO DRIVE"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Excellent mileage, fun driving, awesome in/out

By on Monday, March 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "price, mileage, feel, looks, drive"

Cons: "off the line power, ignition"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The best car I've owned. I get really good mileage. I have the UConnect console with SiriusXM, so I love my 32 mile commute. Manual transmission with great pickup when you shift down, from 5th to 3rd etc. Not so great off the line, which is one of only two faults I have with this car. The other fault(and it's done this since almost day one) is that maybe 1/20 times I turn the ignition it doesn't turn over the first time (but always turns over 2nd time). Weird but I've had it 2+ years and never got stranded. Anyway, I don't worry about it at all now since it does start reliably."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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