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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.

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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
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 119 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

I love driving the car.

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Won't start ever once and a while"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I like the technology in the car. The drivers seat is a little small for me didn't notice this until I had been it over a longer than 15 mile drive. Some of the fabric and interior is cheap. I have had a problem that the dealership has not been able to track down and it has to do with starting the car.but over all somehow I still like it."

6 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Fun little sporty techno car

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great car for price and loads of fun to drive."

Cons: "a little on the small side."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Has all the bells and whistles. 6 speed stick with lot's of acceleration and great handling. Equipped with nice safety and tech features as well. Controls on Steering wheel as well as touch large screen. One owner - garaged. Driven mostly to and from train station and around Chicago suburbs."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Terrible visibility from drivers seat and backing

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
2/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Extremely poor visibility from drivers seat. Hard to see behind vehicle and out side windows during turns. Head rests interfere with side visibility. I had to remove the passenger headrest to see out window to make right turns. Air bags reduce side window visibility due to extra thickness required. Seats are uncomfortable and hard to clean. Seat material mesh holds dirt. I had starting problems with this car for the first two years I owned it. Low profile tires will not handle any potholes or rough road surfaces. Have spent $1200 from dented aluminum rims and tires with bulges. There is not enough tread between tire and rim to absorb any bumps in the road. I would pass unless you are all city driving. Car does handle very well and I get 38 miles to gallon and 40 on highway. Only buy this car if you live in the city. It will not take rough roads with potholes you will be replacing rims and tires every time you hit a rough pothole."

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Very nice vehicle

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good on fuel, handles well and is comfortable"

Cons: "Transmission jerky and brakes are sensitive."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Have only owned my 2015 Dart GT for a short time. Must say though it is a very nice car with good fit and finish and (in my opinion) good looks. My gas mileage seems very good although I just traded a Ram pickup so anything seems good. The car is comfortable and (being 6'2") I have plenty of head room and leg room. The back seat is tight and really only good for very small humans or my golden retriever. All in all I am impressed thus far. The only gripe I have is the transmission is a little jerky at times and seems uncertain what gear it wants. The brakes are tight too but the car being so new that may get better."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

had some issues

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Ok first off i drive this from Watertown NY to kalamazoo michigan once or more a month. I have put many miles and hours on this new girl and for the most part im very happy. I have the 2014 se model with the 6 speed Manuel. I have had a water temp sensor go out but that was an easy fix and also my clutch stopped working. Not the clutch itself but the slave cylinder or something (getting fixed now) So for a new car some issues.... But its a great peppy little car that fits comfortably and gets good gas millage. If i could do it all over i would get an automatic. Hitting a pothole should not make your car stop moving.... Also the older addition with the 1.4 tigershark turbo is a MUCH MUCH better version of the dart. Better MPG and a lot more pep in its step, wish i could have found one....."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great ride,roomy,stylish in and out,safe,fun ride

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "smooth ride,steering precise,roomy,stylish,safe."

Cons: "get 2.4 engine,2.0 not best for car this heavy,"

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

""I just recently traded in my 2013 dodge dart SXT with 15000 miles on it for a 2015 Limited.I just wanted the little bells and whistles,but mostly wanted the 2.4L engine. Other wise the SXT was a blast to drive as I took it on a long trip up and down the California coast. it handled the freeways, San Francisco's roads and the twisty Muir woods roads sweetly. I easily could have kept the 2013 Dart,but I wanted the better 2.4 engine. the SXT and Limited's roomy interior size and hi tech style design along with very comfortable drivers position,and over all smooth ride make Darts good for long trips. Good gas mileage. Firm feel of control and responsiveness with the steering wheel.Great hi tech( but you will have to obviously pay more for)Great safety rating, and fun to drive. Durability,is still to be determined with my new 2015 Dart Limited,but had no major problems in 2"1/2 years with 2013 SXT."

9 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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