By on April 16, 2012

Dodge has released pricing for the 2013 Dart compact sedan, and the base SE will go for $15,995. The most expensive R/T model will top out at $22,495.

In between those two extremes are the $17,995 SXT, which adds body-colored trim, Air-conditioning, keyless entry and a split folding rear seat. This is the one with all the popular equipment, so good luck finding a base SE on the dealer lot. The SE can only be equipped with a 2.0L “Tigershark” 4-cylinder engine making 160 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque (with a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic gearboxes), but the SXT and Rallye version, which gets a number of cosmetic upgrades, can also be equipped with a 160 horsepower 1.4L MultiAir turbo engine. The R/T gets the 2.4L Tigershark engine making 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque.

Equipment-wise, 10 airbags, stability control/traction control and ABS are standard. The SXT adds power mirrors and locks as well as Chrysler’s UConnect system with and 8.4″ touch screen as an option. The Rallye and Limited cars both offer foglamps and other cosmetic touches, with the Limited getting some nicer leather interior and the highly touted TFT display. The R/T gets the big 2.4 engine, sport suspension and dual exhausts.

For your own edification, the press release has been posted below:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 16, 2012 – /PRNewswire/ – 

 

  • 2013 Dodge Dart delivers exceptional value with a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of just $15,995 MSRP
  • All-new Dart hits the mark with features and benefits never before seen in a compact car
  • Five well-equipped trim levels offer class-leading safety features, unparalleled customization, breakthrough technology and amenities typically found in more expensive vehicle segments
  • Built on a world-class architecture, Dodge Dart offers three technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and powerful engines including the 1.4L MultiAir® Turbo
  • The 2013 Dodge Dart competes in the largest retail automotive segment in the United States, the compact car segment, which represents approximately 15 percent of the new car market

 

The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart leverages the world-class architecture and DNA of Alfa Romeo and then infuses it with Dodge passion and design, creating an agile, fun-to-drive compact car with mid-size levels of interior roominess and unmatched style, technology, safety and customization. The Dodge Dart brings this style and technology to market starting at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $15,995 (excluding destination), delivering a thoroughly modern vehicle that’s beautifully designed and crafted with high-quality materials, attention to detail and precision craftsmanship.

“The all-new Dodge Dart is a groundbreaking car, offering features and benefits never before found in a compact car,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Dodge Brand. “With class-leading style, customization, safety, technology, and interior levels of roominess, the all-new Dart perfectly blends Alfa Romeo DNA and Dodge passion and style into one all-new car that customers will be proud to own and look forward to driving.”

Loaded with innovative technology, class-leading safety features and clever functionality, the 2013 Dodge Dart sets a new standard in the compact car segment by offering unmatched personalization, roominess, style, functionality and fun-to-drive dynamics.

The 2013 Dodge Dart is available in five different trim levels in the United States. Customers can choose from the SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T.

The starting U.S. MSRP for the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart (all prices exclude$795 destination):

 

  • Dodge Dart SE $15,995
  • Dodge Dart SXT $17,995
  • Dodge Dart Rallye $18,995
  • Dodge Dart Limited $19,995
  • Dodge Dart R/T $22,495 (available Q3 2012)

 

2013 Dodge Dart SE – $15,995 starting U.S. MSRP

The Dodge Dart SE offers customers a stylish new car that breaks the mold of the typical compact car, while delivering great value. It’s powered by the new 2.0-liter 16-valve Tigershark I-4 engine, which produces a best-in-class standard 160 horsepower (hp) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, or available six-speed automatic.

Select standard equipment includes class-leading safety features, such as 10 standard air bags, four wheel disc anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control. Dart separates itself from the competition with world-class aerodynamics and distinctive style with standard projector headlamps, LED taillamps, body-color crosshair grille and laminated windshield. The interior features a premium soft-touch instrument panel with bright accents, six-way manual driver seat with height adjuster, unique ‘Denim’ cloth seats, power windows, AM/FM CD with MP3 and much more. All 2013 Dodge Dart models feature the security of a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2013 Dodge Dart SXT – $17,995 starting U.S. MSRP

The 2013 Dodge Dart SXT model includes the standard equipment of the SE model, as well as 17-inch aluminum wheels; power body-color mirrors and door locks; remote keyless entry; six-speakers; security alarm, 60/40 split folding rear seat, sliding armrest; air conditioning with micron filter and more.

Owners can customize their SXT with a wide array of options, including the class-exclusive 8.4-inch touch screen, Garmin navigation, in-seat storage, rear backup camera, power sunroof and a 506-watt sound system.

2013 Dodge Dart Rallye – $18,995 starting U.S. MSRP

The Dodge Dart Rallye adds a customized look to the Dodge Dart with distinctive performance front and rear fascias and a choice of four interior colors – Black with Light Diesel Grey, Diesel with Light Diesel Grey, Black with Ruby Red or Diesel Grey with Citrus Peel.

Rallye includes the standard equipment of the SXT model and also adds the following to create a one-of-a-kind look: unique black front fascia accents; black headlamp bezels; projector fog lamps; class-exclusive integrated dual exhaust with bright exhaust tips; leather-wrapped steering wheel;speed control; steering wheel audio controls; trip computer and more.

Rallye customers can further express themselves with class-exclusive Hyper Black wheels or the powerful efficiency of the 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo delivering 160 horsepower and an impressive 184 lb.-ft. of torque.

2013 Dodge Dart Limited – $19,995 starting U.S. MSRP

The all-new Dodge Dart Limited represents the ultimate in luxury with mid-size levels of interior roominess, class-leading safety and technology, all for less than $20,000 MSRP.

The Dodge Dart Limited includes the standard equipment of the Dart SXT and adds the following impressive list of equipment, including unique bright grille and door handles; 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen with rear backup camera; class-exclusive 7-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) reconfigurable instrument cluster display; floating island bezel; projector fog lamps; 10-way power driver seat; automatic headlamps; active grille shutters; premium accent stitching on the instrument panel; and much more.

Limited customers can indulge in a variety of class-exclusive features, including premium Nappa leather with heated steering wheel, Garmin navigation, rear cross path detection and polished aluminum wheels.

2013 Dodge Dart R/T: $22,495 starting U.S. MSRP (3rd quarter 2012 availability):

The Dodge Dart R/T pays homage to the heritage of the R/T badge with distinctive styling and performance attributes that cater to the performance enthusiast with discriminating taste.

The Dodge Dart R/T is powered by the new 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 4-cylinder that produces an impressive 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or available six-speed automatic with AutoStick.

The R/T features the standard content of the Limited and adds the following distinctive equipment: 18-inch aluminum wheels; sport suspension with frequency-sensing damping shocks; unique performance front fascia with black accents and Hyper Black grille; black headlamp bezels; integrated dual exhaust with bright exhaust tips; R/T-unique premium Nappa perforated leather seats; dual- zone automatic temperature control; heated seats; class-exclusive heated steering wheel;and more.

Customers can also enhance their R/T with class-exclusive Hyper Black aluminum wheels, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, HID Headlamps and a 506-watt sound system, to name just a few features.

Production of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart begins at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant in the second quarter 2012 and will begin arriving in U.S. dealer showrooms in June 2012.

About Dodge:

For nearly 100 years, Dodge has defined passionate and innovative vehicles that stand apart in performance and in style. Building upon its rich heritage of muscle cars, racing technology and ingenious engineering, Dodge offers a full-line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs built for top performance – from power off the line and handling in the corners, to high-quality vehicles that deliver unmatched versatility and excellent fuel efficiency. Only Dodge offers such innovative functionality combined with class-leading performance, exceptional value and distinctive design. With the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, the all-new Dodge Charger paired with the ZF eight-speed transmission that achieves a class-leading 31 miles per gallon on the highway, the new Durango and the significantly revamped Grand Caravan – inventor of the minivan – Journey, Avenger and iconic Challenger, Dodge now has one of the youngest dealer showrooms in the United States.

SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/16/4417235/dodge-announces-pricing-for-the.html#storylink=cpy

 

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65 Comments on “2013 Dodge Dart Priced At $15,995...”


  • avatar
    threeer

    So…$17,995 to get A/C? Really?

    • 0 avatar
      PintoFan

      No, A/C is available on the S/E trim but it’s “optional.” As I pointed out below, they probably won’t build more than five of them without A/C, so count on adding about $500 to the sticker to get real MSRP for the SE trim.

      • 0 avatar

        Have they released option prices? AC is usually about $1,000 where it is optional (which is rare these days). Once they have complete features and pricing information I’ll get it into TrueDelta, to see how the Dart really compares.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      The Hyundai Elantra starting at $16695 MSRP (I really wish delivery was included as standard) does not have a/c as standard.
      So is a car costing $700 less (the Dart) really a surprise in not having a/c?

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        Yes. I think the Elantra is the only C-Segment car without AC in the United States as a standard feature. Don’t many B-Segment cars come with AC standard? I know the cheaper base Yaris, Fit and Sonic all come with AC standard. A Corolla starts at $16,130 and you get AC.

        So for $15,995 and no AC – I say it’s a fail. As others have noted, they’ll probably build five of them and sell 1 in western Washington state, 2 in Maine and 2 in northern Michigan.

      • 0 avatar
        PenguinBoy

        Here in Canada, A/C is optional on the base Civic as well.

      • 0 avatar
        MusicMachine

        It’s real hard to find a base car here in FL w/o AC.

    • 0 avatar
      kksulli

      I think the A/C with the micron filter..

    • 0 avatar

      What they really need to do is bring back the SRT4 TRIM so people can finally ditch their old Neons and Calibers.

      SRT4 + Uconnect Touch = awesome!

  • avatar
    PintoFan

    I do not understand the point of adding a second engine option with identical horsepower figures and only slightly better torque. If the fuel economy is better then I might understand it, but otherwise it seems completely redundant. The only other disappointment is no A/C in the base SE model- you can bet that they will only build about 5 of them with no A/C, so that sticker price is just about meaningless.

    You can probably walk away with a manual SXT for around $17k and change when all is said and done. That seems fair for the equipment level and drivetrain options.

    • 0 avatar

      Fuel economy must be better, otherwise as you note there’d be no point. They don’t just make the more efficient engine standard because it costs more to make, and they’d then have to raise the base price. The big question is whether people are willing to pay the option price for a few more mpg.

    • 0 avatar
      DC Bruce

      A wild guess here, but, thanks to the turbocharger which fattens up the torque curve in the lower rpm range, the optional engine will feel more powerful, especially when connected to an automatic transmission.

      I believe that’s the case with the Chevy Cruze — at the low end of the price spectrum — and the new BMW 328i as compared to the prior version, which featured a larger displacement normally aspirated engine of (depending upon the configuration, a little less or a little more horsepower than the new model’s turbo engine.

      • 0 avatar
        TonyJZX

        Cruze and the other Family 0 cars (Sonic) are a perfect example. They lead with a 1.8 n/a four that is a pile of puss… you can upgrade to the much better 1.4 turbo Family 0 which is better in every respect from driveability to econ. Power and torque is about the same on paper.

    • 0 avatar
      PJ McCombs

      The turbo could be a refinement upgrade as well, also like the Cruze.

      Do we know how new those new ‘Tigershark’ engines are? From memory, the Caliber also had a 2.0L Four with around 160 hp (158 I think) and a 2.4 version with 172. If the Dart’s using variations of those GEMA designs (I have no idea), a smoothness/sound-quality upgrade might be worth the bucks.

  • avatar
    Landcrusher

    I Just know too many people who lived through the Chrysler ownership experience. Those guys should only build high margin vehicles because they need to max out every customer.

  • avatar
    brettc

    So they’re seriously selling the base model without A/C at $16000? The Versa S comes with standard A/C for $11000, so fleets probably won’t even want Dart SE models. Other than that I guess the pricing isn’t horrible and it looks like it could be competitive with other brands. I just can’t get over the lack of Air conditioning. I guess there are some people that don’t want it though.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      I assume you also have trouble getting over the lack of a/c for the Elantra (http://www.hyundaiusa.com/elantra/features.aspx)?

      For the record I agree with you that a/c should be standard. However some manufacturers do not and offer a lower price. In a free market people have the choice of whether to pay extra for it (since it is never free). I have heard the same economic argument about safety features like ABS, tire pressure monitoring, side airbags etc. And I would consider those more important.

      As others have said you will only a handful of SE’s without a/c.

    • 0 avatar
      Toucan

      Is having choice really such a bad thing?

      And with additional rear thorax and front knee airbags the Dart is still better value, especially with the tigersharkeaglelion engine.

      You don’t need aircon with so many airbags.

      • 0 avatar
        Jamez9k

        Having a choice really is such a bad thing when you get pushed up one or several expensive trim levels to get something as basic as A/C. If A/C can be had as a stand-alone option at a reasonable cost then there is no issue but that is rarely the case. At best you usually need to get a “convenience” option package.

  • avatar
    VanillaDude

    There are a lot of Dodge buyers around here, so perhaps I will be able to actually see one. I also hope that when I do come across one, I will see it. Based on the very nice photos I’ve seen so far, I am not seeing anything original enough to be memorable.

    Does Fiat want to risk a mistake, or risk a success? This car looks like they want to not make a mistake and hope the Market sees something in it they hope will make it a success.

    Naming it after the legendary Dart helps stick it into my mind, not what I am seeing so far.

    $16,000? OK. That sounds about right too.

    Good luck guys! I hope it is a winner! Better than the Caliber, so it’s probably an improvement!

    • 0 avatar
      kvndoom

      I find it attractive and I think if it’s well-built it could slot favorably against the Civic and Cruze. I hope the reliability is there; that will make it or break it. I’m giving Fiasler huge props for the “any trim, any transmission” stance that is so rare these days, and I hope it pays off for them.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    “…stability control/traction control and ABS are standard.”

    It’s time to drop this as a noteworthy feature as ESC is mandated as of the 2012 model year, and there’s no way to make it work without ABS. It’s kind of like saying “Oh wow! There’s seat belts for all the passengers! Low AND High beams too!”

    Not that being mandatory equipment ever stopped a manufacturer from padding his standard equipment list. It’s just wrong to encourage them.

  • avatar
    Felix Hoenikker

    I am approaching 200K on my current commuter applicance. The Dart is on my short list of replacements. On the other extreme, I am tempted to recover $10k of my income taxes and $3.5K state taxes and buy a Volt!

    • 0 avatar

      Federal tax credit on the Volt is “only” $7,500, isn’t it?

      • 0 avatar
        Felix Hoenikker

        I heard it was increased from $7.5K to $10K starting this year. I’ll definitely verify that before I even set foor in a Chevy dealer.

      • 0 avatar
        Viceroy_Fizzlebottom

        Some states also throw in a tax credit, that’s where he might be getting the 10K from. Illinois, for example, will give you an additional $4,000 tax credit if you buy a new electric vehicle.

        See here:
        http://www.chevrolet.com/chevy-volt-electric-car-tax-credit/

      • 0 avatar
        doctor olds

        Obama is proposing the alternative powertrain tax incentive be increased to $10,000, but there is little reason to expect Congress to support the increase.

      • 0 avatar
        rudiger

        Are some states actually matching the $7500 tax credit? If correct, that’s a cool $15k off the price of a Volt, bringing the price of a new Volt down to around a much more reasonable $25k.

        It’d be quite interesting to see how the otherwise slow-selling Volt is selling in those specific, big-tax-credit states.

      • 0 avatar
        Herm

        it will never happen, it will stay at the current $7500 tax credit, if you have the Federal tax liability.

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    I think this is a poorly written press release. It’s possible that AC is included on the SE, and the SXT actually adds the micron air filter. The description of the Rallye package implies that black wheels and the 1.4T engine are mutually exclusive, which I can’t believe is the case. Also, from reading this I have no idea if the 6-speed manual is available across the model line or only on the stripped SEs that they aren’t actually going to build.

    • 0 avatar

      Chrysler’s product information is regularly incomplete and filled with errors. I despise entering information about Chryslers into my database for this reason–it’s always a PITA.

      This said, the $2,000 bump from the SE to SXT is consistent with the former not having AC, which would account for half of it.

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      They specifically mention the 6-speed manual tranny for the top of the line R/T model, so I assume it’s available across the board. Even if that’s not the case, I give Chrysler credit for not limiting 3-pedals to the stripper model exclusively.

      Am I the only one who thinks “Diesel Gray” is a terrible name for an interior color? Makes me think of my old Jaguar whose interior always smelled like gasoline.

  • avatar
    noxioux

    I don’t know why, but I find myself rooting for this car. That being said, I have to say, a Fiat manufactured and sold by Dodge makes the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up–and not in a good way.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      Aside from the bad reputation Fiat has because of its earlier offerings in the US market, this new Fiat platform is taking on a huge field of established contenders in the Compact Car category and class. Is there room for one more? Suzuki thought there was. Mitsu thought there was. How are they doing?

      Maybe Sergio is betting that the current generation of buyers is too young to know about Fiat’s earlier withdrawal from the US market. Then again, just how well is the current generation buying new compact cars?

      Even so, it’s hard to imagine this Dart competing with the excellent established brands at the published price points.

      I do not see where this new Dart is better than any of the current top sellers in this class, and this Dart cannot even approach the price/value equations of the foreigners. Compete against the Cruze? Compete against the Corolla and Civic?

      And when it comes to retained value at trading time? How well have Fiat and Chrysler products retained their values in the past? This new Dart will be no different and we’ll see a lot of them sold to Fleets of Rental agencies.

      Conceivably, it could sell well in markets other than the US.

      • 0 avatar
        burgersandbeer

        It can’t compete? I don’t think anyone has driven it yet.

        I think it looks good, if a bit conservative. If I remember right from previous articles about it, its competitive advantage is supposed to be passenger space. I think the car is positioned somewhere between a compact and midsize in terms of space.

        Mandalorian suggests below that a compact at a sub-compact price might do well. That’s not far off from the plan. Almost midsize at compact price.

        If it drives well and is screwed together correctly, I would certainly consider it.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        b&b, I look at it from the standpoint of market saturation in this class and space.

        In order for ANY new entry, regardless of who makes it, where or who owns the manufacturer, to succeed in this crowded space, it has to be clearly different and better than all the others. It has to set itself apart from the crowd.

        What made Subaru develop such a large a dedicated following? What made Corolla and Civic such consistent sellers? Why did the Elantra fly off dealer lots and create long waiting lists in its first year? What made Suzuki and Mitsubishi such slugs?

        From all we have read about the new Dart, it excels at nothing except that it is based on a Fiat compact body. With Fiat’s reputation that is not excelling.

        What the Dart needs is an attention getter like full-time AWD and maybe a V6 option like the new Pentastar 24-valve DOHC 3.6 (or maybe smaller-bored to 2.8 or 3.0).

        So how does the anticipated price range for the new Dart stack up against the competition? Can it beat the overall value-for-the-money you get with an Elantra, Corolla, Civic, Sentra or the Impreza? No way!

        Even the Cruze has to be discounted now in order to sell them to individuals. Last I read in the El Paso Times a well-equipped 2012 Cruze goes for less that $15K (plus tt&l), and, no doubt, there will be more cash on the hood the closer we get to September.

        For how well the Dart actually fits in we all have to stay tuned until the actual sales figures come in at the end of the first year, second year and third year.

        If sales aren’t too whoopee for the first three years, you may be stuck with a worthless orphan.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    …and here I was hoping Dodge would get out of the car business and go back to trucks as was discussed a few years ago. Apparently, that thought has been Ram-med aside. (Thank you, you’re a great audience…)

    In any event, this car sure looks promising and I hope it is as good as it appears to be. Can’t wait to check one out sometime soon.

    If I’m stuck in my lousy 100-mile-a-day commute ’til I retire in 4 years, and if my beloved Impala decides not to love me back, I’ll be looking at something along these lines as long as it is comfortable.

  • avatar
    mike978

    Derek – thanks for putting this on TTAC. Dodge don’t have a configurator up yet and I haven`t seen this information on Edmunds.

    • 0 avatar
      gslippy

      Dodge had a configurator working for months, then recently took it down; I configured several Darts with it. Dodge said they were using the early configurator to establish customer interests.

      I don’t recall exactly, but the new prices seem a little different from the old ones.

      • 0 avatar
        mike978

        Yes that configurator was a survey tool, much like the Escape used earlier. It will be good to have the definitive tool to build and price the exact car with options.

      • 0 avatar
        Educator(of teachers)Dan

        @gslippy, I noticed that too. The prices on the press release seem lower than what was on the website a few weeks back.

        This class of cars has gotten VERY good. I’m a BIG sedan guy at heart but right now my heart is torn between Impala/Taurus/Charger class battle cruisers and Cruze/Focus/Dart. Oddly I have no love for the middle ground.

        What to choose? Little car with decent options or almost no options and a gigantic trunk?

      • 0 avatar
        Toucan

        > What to choose? Little car with decent options or almost no
        > options and a gigantic trunk?

        I’d turn it into a matter of safety and fuel economy only.

        Compact sedans have trunks sufficient enough for nearly anyone. The net gain on a large car will come handy once in three years.

  • avatar
    GoesLikeStink

    I was hoping to keep my 65 Dart wagon long enough to go from that as a daily driver to one of these. But I ended up getting a new Fiat convertible instead. For about the same money. The 500c is fun to drive too. Looks like this is the same 1.4 but with the turbo like the Abarth. But I am sure this car weighs a lot more.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    Their June 2012 date is the very end of Q2. With Sergio telling us the Dart launch wouldn’t be April 1 for several reasons, he didn’t say that it’s simply running really late. He must not have known in late March how delayed it would be, or else he wouldn’t have wasted his time discussing a “not April 1st” launch date.

  • avatar
    stryker1

    Cute.
    Wake me up when they announce the SRT-4.

  • avatar
    slappy

    The Dart is an impressive looking vehicle, but until Chrysler/Dodge can address its quality woes, only a fool or gambler would buy one. Suggest they double the warranty- 6years /72,000 miles-if they dare.

  • avatar
    28-cars-later

    The Neon returns…

    • 0 avatar
      MusicMachine

      ‘cept it’s a Fiat. AHH! A Fion! God, would someone cite me!

      I swear this will catch on. It probably will and I won’t get any credit for it. Phooey!!

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    They named their engine “Tigershark”? And it’s a four-cylinder? Such machismo!

    Reminds me of the plush, coddling RV travel trailers with irrelevant rippin’ tough names like “Prowler” and “Tornado” when they should be called “Ground’s too hard to sleep on” and “Mountains are cold at night”.

  • avatar
    Russycle

    No mention of USB or Bluetooth. I’m guessing you won’t see them in the base model with “AM/FM CD with MP3″. Probably shows up in the $18,995 Rallye, when they add stereo controls to the steering wheel. Since that’s also the trim level when cruise control appears, I don’t see too many buyers spending less than this.

    Looks like specs and pricing are very close to the Mazda 3. It’d be fun to see a comparo once the Dart hits the streets.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    What would do well would be a compact at the subcompact price level. So instead of the upsell to a Jetta/Corolla/Civic etc from a Golf/Yaris/Fit, the dart would be in the same class as the compacts but priced with the subcompacts.

    This might even give Dodge an excuse for a few hard plastics.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    I liked it better when Darts look liked Chargers, and not Civics.

  • avatar
    50merc

    Well, Alfa Romeo DNA is OK, but I’m going to hold off until the Dart has some Topolino DNA.

    Seriously, couldn’t the Dart just as easily carry a Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, etc., badge?

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      Really, it already is Topolino DNA.

      Dart uses the Fiat Compact platform, an evolution of the Fiat C platform. Sure, the Alfa Giulietta is built on the same Fiat platform, too, but that gives the Giulietta Fiat DNA, not the other way around.

  • avatar
    Speed Spaniel

    Holy secretary and dental assistants of the world unite! Tigershark engine? Hilarious. Proposed name change to tigerturd. This car won’t cause any nosebleeds, that’s for sure.

  • avatar
    jetcal1

    I don’t know. The MOPAR quality is enough to drive me away. I tried buying American with a 2005 T/C van for the wife. At least it was more reliable than the last VW we had.

  • avatar
    Joss

    Brakes?

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    The Tigershark engine family is an updated version of the ‘World Gas Engines’ that were jointly developed by Mitsubishi, Hyundai, and Chrysler in the bad old days of Daimler management. These engines have a deserved reputation for being rough and noisy, as well as lacking power at low engine speeds. Their primary advantage over the old Neon 2 and 2.4 liter engines is that they’re cheaper to produce. It will be interesting to see how effective the updating turns out to be.

  • avatar
    dougjp

    I can’t believe WEIGHT is being completely ignored here, or, Chrysler is doing very well at hiding it. This thing is the definition of a “porker”, which is completely inexcusable for being the last entry into the modern compact class.

    So that it is no longer ignored, here is some telling information. You can’t compare this car against other compacts which are ALL lighter, some substantially so. Therefore lets have a look at how it does against 4 cylinder mid size cars, shall we? Data taken from KBB.

    Dart 2.4 3,297 lbs.
    Dart 1.4 turbo 3,211 lbs.
    Hyundai Sonata 3,161 lbs.
    Mazda 6 3,272 lbs.
    Nissan Altima 3,080 lbs.
    Toyota Camry 3,190 lbs.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Would like it a lot better if it didn’t look like something form Korea.

  • avatar
    DIYer

    This car looks sharp and the price is right – I think they’ll sell lots of these. Lots more than the Caliber with lousy gas mileage it replaces. Lots more than the teeny-tiny Fiat 500 that nobody buys. More than the Chrysler 200, a reworked Sebring with unassuming looks. If the gas mileage with the small engine and 6-speed automatic is decent, they’ll have a winner.


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  • Matthias Gasnier, Australia
  • J & J Sutherland, Canada
  • Tycho de Feyter, China
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, Abu Dhabi
  • Mark Stevenson, Canada
  • Faisal Ali Khan, India