By on April 30, 2012

Looks like the Dodge Dart will apparently break 40 MPG adjusted in the end…but you’ll need a special option package to do it, just like its chief domestic rivals, the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze.

We weren’t invited to the launch of the Dart, but reports from the event state that the 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged engine with the dual clutch transmission will return 27 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. Dodge will release an “Aero” package that will help them return “at least 41 mpg“. No word on what the 6-speed manual will return, or the 2.4L engine for that matter, but the base 2.0L “Tigershark” will get 25mpg/36mpg with the 6-speed manual. We’ll have our impressions as soon as we get our hands on one.

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20 Comments on “Dodge Dart Gets “Aero” Package To Break 40 MPG...”


  • avatar
    nickoo

    The 9 speed conventional auto will be coming later this year or for next model year according to the latest I’ve read on it. I would be inclined to wait for that version if I were in the market for a new dart. I think they could have done a much better job on fitting the front end pieces together for a more clean look and the race track lighting should have remained a charger exclusive.

  • avatar
    GMis4GoodManners

    Only 27 city 39 highway with the 1.4 turbo?

    That’s one better city and one better highway than the Cruze 1.4 turbo.

    As is the base 2.0 in this vs. the base 1.8 in the Cruze.

    Oddly, the “aero” version gets one LESS than the Cruze (Eco).

    • 0 avatar
      aristurtle

      A single MPG difference, in the EPA test, is basically statistical noise. The test is just not close enough to reality for that small a difference to be noticeable in real life.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    Funny to see Saab’s “Aero” trim level living on in an Alfa-based Dodge compact sedan.

  • avatar
    carguy

    It looks great but ended up a little porky. Since when is 3,200 lbs curb weight OK for a compact?

    • 0 avatar
      LeMansteve

      Seriously! My E46 330i sedan with power leather seats, full size spare tire, 6 cylinders and RWD is 3,285 lbs. I would expect the Dart to be well below 3,000lbs.

      • 0 avatar
        srogers

        I have no doubt that this Dart has much more interior space than your BMW (as does any space efficient compact). The Dart is stretching the compact size category.

    • 0 avatar
      icemilkcoffee

      Agreed. GM and Chrysler completely lost the memo on weight loss. Real world gas mileage is going to suck no matter what if the car weighs a good 400lb.s more than its competitors.

    • 0 avatar
      LeMansteve

      On the flip side of the coin, weight is irrelevant once manufacturers hit their highway MPG target. Taking off, say, 500 lbs should only affect the city rating, which isn’t publicized or (I feel) paid attention to by consumers nearly as much as the highway rating.

    • 0 avatar
      Speed3

      Its actually a mid-size sedan, as measured by the EPA. Of course this just shows how much in size compacts have grown, just like the “mid-size” cars, many of which are technically large sedans.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    I think you guys are just bitter that you incorrectly predicted the death of Chrysler. I mean, you were completely silent when Chrysler posted an almost half a billion profit for Q1 or that its sales rose 33 percent.

    I’m not suggesting that Chrysler is a healthy company yet or that they are out of the woods, but it is at least newsworthy.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    I like the car and the option packages I was able to put together on Dodge’s site while they still had the “build your own” up for it. However I’m still disappointed that this car with the sloping backside isn’t a hatchback. I predict that in and of itself would steal a few sales from the Chevy Cruze.

    • 0 avatar
      nickoo

      Supposedly the Chrysler version will be a hatch, and the next generation jeep liberty will be based on the same platform and have the same engines so there will be a cross-over option too. I would rather have a dart hatchback than a Chrysler 100 hatchback.

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      I haven’t seen the car in real life yet, but judging from pix, I can’t imagine putting something bulky through the back end of the car. You’re 100% correct, Chrysler should have gone back to the future and made a 21st century version of the 80′s Lancer/LeBaron GTS hatchback.

      EDIT: I see Nickoo addressed my concerns. I also would rather have a Dart hatch than a Chrysler hatch. I’d believe the MSRP would start out lower…

  • avatar
    SherbornSean

    This looks like a great car, and a unique entry with its additional size and power vs. class favorites. Long term reliability remains a concern, and I wish there were an interior color besides black.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Why don’t they design these aero-packages into cars from the start?

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      I never got that either. Like the Tahoe/Yukon hybrid that had all these neat little areo tricks along with the hybrid system. Why not just incorporate the areo tricks into the regular car?

      • 0 avatar
        psarhjinian

        Eventually they did offer the aero bits on the normal GMT-900s. I suppose the reason they don’t make it standard on those, the Dart, or other cars is twofold:
        * Some people don’t like the looks or the functional compromise the aero kit implies (on the trucks, it would hurt ground clearance and/or approach angle; on some cars you get Eco-grade tires, which have their own tradeoff)
        * The cost savings from economies of scale don’t quite overcome the margin you’d make selling the Eco option as an extra-cost trim/package.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    …but you’ll need a special option package to do it, just like its chief domestic rivals, the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze…

    And foreign competitors like the Honda Civic, but hey, lets leave those facts out.


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