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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
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 130 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Constant Problems

By on Saturday, February 06, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: It kept breaking.

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Seats are comfortable"

Cons: "build quality is terrible, poor MPG."

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

"I had a 2014 SXT Dart, 2.4L with the 6 speed manual. It looked like a cool car when I bought it, and it was kinda fun to drive, for about 9000 miles... Right after 9000 miles of driving this car the transmission mount snapped, causing the the transmission to move just enough to snap the front right axle at the CV joint. I had the car towed to the dealership and while they were fixing it I asked them to look at the clutch because that was having problems as well. The dealership fixed the axle, but refused to look at the clutch problem. On the drive back I started to notice that the steering wheel was off center when driving in a straight line, and before I made it back to my house the ABS light, traction control light, and a few other warning lights turned on, my speedometer started jumping around and the ABS started kicking in randomly which made stopping very difficult. After another tow back to the dealership they replaced the front wheel bearing, and said that they had nothing to do with the steering wheel being out of line, and it had to have been something I did. I left the dealership, but had to drive it back 2 days later due to a clicking noise coming from the front passenger side when I was turning. It turns out the lower control arm was fractured, and I got that replaced. So after 4 weeks of my car being in the shop (and only getting a loaner car for 2 days) the clutch has still not been fixed (or even looked at), the steering wheel is still out of line, and the car now scrapes on every bump since the dealership failed to put the skid plate back in, so some plastic on the front hangs down."

Terrible

By on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "None I can find"

Cons: "engine, transmission (6-auto) electrical -"

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

"My first review seems to have been deleted. Clearly they only want positive reviews here. But the truth is, that this is one terrible car. There is a serious problem with almost every system in the car. Engine, transmission, electrical, top the list. Car is unreliable and in need of constant repairs. The digital screen in the center of the dashboard seems to control all the ventilation, climate and sound system. Mine comes on when in the mood and sometimes shuts off for no reason. The dealership is a total waste. I just get the run around and no problems are resolved. Car has been towed 2x due to engine/electrical failure issues. I will NEVER but another Chrysler/Dodge produce. Worst car I've ever owned. I cant wait to get rid of this piece of trash!!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Nice looking car, hasn't been the most reliable

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Sharp looking, drives nice, great features"

Cons: "brand new and not the most reliable car..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Purchased the car brand new. It was driven (by driven I mean, no long trips, no crazy driving... literally driving a family around town) for approximately six months when the first problem occurred. It was driven for 20 minutes and parked, upon trying to start the car, the brake would not engage, nor motor turn over and then all the service lights came on blinked and went blank. The only thing that was on was the red dot of death on the dash console. We had to have it towed to the dealership, where it sat for two whole weeks because they had to order an entirely new electrical system for the motor and computer chip. We got it back, drove nicely for another 7 months, where upon remote starting, it would not allow me to go from remote start to push button start after I was in the car. Then it shut down completely. Again with the red dot of death on the dash console. We had to contact the roadside assistance, where a service truck was sent out to jump the car, in hopes it would start up. It did and was driven home. It was taken to the dealership and was there for two days. There has been an electrical error with the key fob. Computer chips were again replaced and we were given a new key fob."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Car started to have electrical problems 2nd year

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,350

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive handles well great attention to detai"

Cons: "electrial problems galore"

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

"Check engine light kept coming on. TPM changed 2 times, PCM changed 3 times, complete wiring harness change from lights back to the dashboard, battery changed 2 times. In dealership for repairs in the last 3 months 12 times for check engine light."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

So far so good

By on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,200

10 10.0
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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: "AFFORDABLE! i make less then $25,000 a year"

Cons: "NODDA!"

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

"I purchased a 2015 Red Dodge Dart GT model. Initially, I went in to buy a truck........then I saw and test drove this lil red mini charger.....I was hooked.......i wanted it and I bought it........I live down a VERY winding highway! PERFECT! It handled excellent, went around corners posted for 30MPH, it went around those same corners at 60MPH with ease! I am extremely happy the way this car handles............"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Owned many different vehicles, the best yet!

By on Sunday, December 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, fun to drive, good gas mileage."

Cons: "steering wheel control stem has too many functions"

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

"Purchased this Dart new over 3 years ago and have driven over 41K miles. Needed a vehicle which provided good gas mileage and I haven't been disappointed. Since new MPG has consistently been 36 during long trips, 25 around town. Reliability has been excellent. The transmission had 1 flash update, other than that just oil changes and tires. I love the handling and ride, both in town and on trips. The only complaint is with the turn signal stem. Wipers, hi-beams, turn signal; too much for one stem. My other car has the same set-up and i hate it..."

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