The Dodge Dart has already proven itself to be somewhat sporty to drive, good at sipping fuel slowly, and available with some futuristic technology. Add "safe" to that list of attributes: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finished crash testing the Dart and gave it a perfect, five-star rating.
It's only been a few weeks since the Dart was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the Dart has completed its tour of the major American safety organizations with a near-perfect record. The NHTSA says that the 2013 Dodge Dart scores five-star ratings in front and side crashes, a four-star rating in rollovers, and a five-star rating overall.
Chrysler credits the Dart's standard ten airbags (two front, two front side-impact/thorax, two rear side-impact, two full-length side-curtain, and two front knee airbags), and a cadre of technologies including traction control, electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Select 2013 Dodge Dart models are also available with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and a rear-view camera.
How does the 2013 Dodge Dart compare to the rest of the small car market? That depends on who you ask. According to NHTSA, the Dart is part of a three-way tie for first place, alongside the Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic. The Hyundai Elantra trails with a five-star overall rating but just four stars in the frontal crash; the Ford Focus, Mazda 3, and Toyota Corolla all receive four-star overall ratings. Then again, all seven competitors receive "good" ratings across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which also names all seven Top Safety Picks for 2012.
The 2013 Dodge Dart with 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo and 2.0-liter Tigershark engines is on sale right now; the Dart with a 2.4-liter Tigershark goes on sale at the end of this year.