The 2013 Dodge Dart is not your father’s car. This latest incarnation is a quality, compact sedan that offers great fuel economy at an affordable price. If buyers want a fun, efficient car that can get them to work, around town, or on the occasional long weekend drive, then a closer look is warranted.
New For 2013
The 2013 Dart really isn’t the same model that was discontinued in 1976. With an updated look that's reminiscent of its heritage, Dodge aims to give the public an updated version that will win back as many hearts as before. Some new features include:
- An enlarged chassis based on the Fiat Compact Chassis with a wider and longer wheelbase
- Available 2.4-liter, four-cylinder Tigershark MultiAir II engine
- Large, 8.4-inch touchscreen on certain models
The 2013 Dodge Dart offers five models, all of which have an exterior that’s fun and streamlined. The SE features projector headlamps and LED tail lamps, while 17-inch, aluminum wheels can be found on the SXT. The RallyE edition carries a unique front fascia with black chrome headlamps and projector foglamps. Chrome door handles and stylish signal mirrors are on the Limited edition. Meanwhile, Hyper Black grilles with 18-inch wheels come equipped on the R/T. All models have unique front end looks that make this car distinguishable from any other compact sedan on the road. The exterior comes in over a dozen sporty colors, including Blue Streak, Laguna Blue, Maximum Steel Metallic, Winter Chill, and Redline 2. A power express open/close sunroof is available on some models.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Dodge Dart may make some drivers feel as if they’re actually being plugged into the car. It's designed specifically with the driver in mind with an attractive, ergonomic arrangement that’s set up to fit the driver like a glove. It has a reconfigurable gauge display so drivers can set up their dashboard just the way they like it. It also offers the UConnect system, a touch screen center display that allows the driver to enjoy AM/FM stereo, CDs, MP3 and available Sirius Satellite radio, along with available Garmin GPS, a virtually hands-free phone communication system with Bluetooth integration, and more.
While the 2013 Dodge Dart is a compact sedan, it is on an enlarged chassis, so it still offers plenty of cargo space in the trunk. It features a maximum cargo capacity of 13.1 cubic feet with a towing capacity of 1000 pounds.
The 2013 Dodge Dart has a number of design features that emphasize safety, including a stiffer body made with high strength steels and a quality safety cage, and 10 standard airbags. Also installed are some impressive high tech safety options like Blind Spot monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection, which uses radar to alert drivers when something may be coming at the car from the side. Buyers will also find most of the traditional safety features expected in a modern quality vehicle, such as four-wheel, anti-lock ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, stability and traction control, and emergency brake assist. It also features child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, and a rear center three point belt.
The 2013 Dodge Dart offers three impressive engine options. Consumers can choose from the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that offers 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque; the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Tigershark that generates 160 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque; or the impressive, 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the engine chosen, the Dart can have a six-speed, close-ratio manual, six-speed PowerTech automatic, or six-speed Dual Dry Clutch. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual is the standard on all models other than the R/T.
The 2013 Dodge Dart offers a lot of pep, but it is a far cry from the fastest vehicle on the road. It’s not going to blow any sports cars off the pavement. Regardless, it's a nice choice with impressive fuel economy: up to 39 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Dodge Dart
- Mazda MAZDA3
- Ford Focus
- Chevrolet Cruze
- Hyundai Elantra