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2013 Dodge Dart

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2013 Dodge Dart Review

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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
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 136 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

13 Dart not worth it. to many problems.

By on Monday, June 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "fun to drive."

Cons: "turbo(REPLACED 3 times)"

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

"lets just say this car has been in the shop 3 to 4 times a year for lots of different things, from the turbo(REPLACED 3 times)to the oil leak. New dash cluster new clutch. problems with the plugs and cylinder 3 misfire and there are some more problems as well. For a 2013 and it is now 2016 the car is not that old. i do not recommend this car for any one. Dodge needs to step up ad fix the problems that keep going wrong with my Dart and others that are having the same problems. Ps: Bring back the dodge Avenger, that was a good car. it was a nice ride with a grate body style... thank you. CHmalo"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Should have bought something else

By on Monday, May 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good gas milage , great on highway"

Cons: "Underpowered,expensive oil changes to much plastic"

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

"I really liked the looks of this car, However the 1.4 liter Fiat engine is way under powered and the Turbo only helps once you take off, I find this car to be dangerous when pulling into traffic, Has no take off power at all. You literally have to hit the gas 10 seconds before you want to go. Our motto is aim for the last car before you want to go and they will be gone when it starts moving. Our biggest reason for buying this was for the great gas mileage which it does have. however I would rather buy more gas than have this car. It also requires 5w- 40 synthetic oil which is expensive and lots of plastic in the way anytime you want to service this car. Also they put a mud flap type thing in front of the front tires and it scrapes on everything. It always sounds like you are tearing the bottom off the car. Although I love Dodge this will be the lat Dart I ever buy."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

awsome car

By on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,509

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: "awsome all around"

Cons: "n a"

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

"im bying this car ive had it a week bought used 2015 it runs great the look is agressive interoer is great .I have had no problems with this car traded in my 1996 chevy lumina witch had 230542 miles on it . My new preowned runs so much better i love this car its a great value as well"

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Solid car

By on Monday, February 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Design, Comfort, affordable"

Cons: "Lack of power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I've had this car for a couple years now and it's been a good daily commuter for me. I have the 6 speed manual 2.4l and am fairly happy with it. However, I wish I just had a tiny bit more power in the car. The touch screen is a nice touch but lacks GPS which is kind of annoying. Comfortable ride and gets really great gas mileage."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

good for first time drivers

By on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "looks amazing, really fun to drive,"

Cons: "not powerful, light clutch, slow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"i have the 2013 dodge dart aero with the 1.4 multi air turbo engine. first off, this car is beautiful. probably the best looking american car in its class. every car has its issues so have my dart. i had the turbo charged replaced under warrenty and the computer reset a few times. but over all this car is great personally. its not the fastest car. i drove the mazda 3 with 2.0 engine and its way faster and perorms wayy better. but if you need agood commuter car or a road trip car, this is the one."

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Dartha

By on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "fun to drive, easily dips"

Cons: "Dart SE expensive,no floor mats, uconnect sucks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I owned a 2006 Dodge Charger RT before getting this car so i definitely can't compare it to that but I will say one thing with the gas being so cheap it saves a bundle with gas but not really a good gas saver unless your all highway. My average mpg says 17 and that's what my charger had. I definitely love the shape and style of the car i just wish someone would have told me how much of a pain in the butt it was to keep a black car clean. Not a bad car should of chose the new charger but i'll ride this one out."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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