Dodge has finally released official pricing for the 2013 Dart sedan, which reaches showrooms in June. The 2013 Dodge Dart is offered in five trim levels of ascending equipment levels, SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited, and R/T.
The entry version is the Dart SE, which rings in at $16,790 after a $795 destination charge. It uses a 2.0-liter inline-four engine with 160 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque; a six-speed manual transmission is standard though a six-speed automatic is optional. Despite being the cheapest and least well-equipped version of the Dodge Dart, the SE model comes with ten airbags, LED taillights, power windows, a CD player with MP3 capability, and a body-color front crosshair grille.
The next step up is the $18,790 Dodge Dart SXT, which adds features like 17-inch alloy wheels, power mirrors and locks, keyless entry, an alarm, air conditioning, and a split-folding rear seat. Options include an 8.4-inch touch-screen navigation system, backup camera, sunroof, and 506-watt sound system.
That's followed by the Dodge Dart Rallye, which requires $19,790. The trim level essentially builds upon the SXT model, but adds unique visual touches. Buyers can also option the turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir inline-four engine that produces 160 hp and 184 lb-ft. Styling parts exclusive to the Dart comprise sportier front and rear fascias, dual exhaust tips, black headlight surrounds, optional Hyper Black wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The interior scores cruise control, and buyers can pick from four different accent colors.
The Dodge Dart Limited, starting from $20,790, is perhaps the most luxurious version of the new compact sedan. Standard features include an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a seven-inch TFT screen for the instrument cluster, projector fog lights, a power driver's seat, automatic headlights, active grille shutters, a chrome grille and door handles, and a backup camera. Options include Nappa leather, a Garmin navigation system, rear cross-path detection, and polished aluminum wheels.
Later on this year, Dodge will launch the final version of the Dart, the $23,290 R/T model. It packs a 2.4-liter inline-four engine with 184 hp and 171 lb-ft, coupled either to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. It builds on the Limited trim with unique 18-inch wheels, sports suspension, a "sporty" front fascia with black accents and a black crosshair grille, dual exhaust tips, R/T-specific Nappa leather seats, dual-zone climate control, and a heated steering wheel. The options list will include Hyper Black wheels, push-button start, HID headlights, and a 506-watt sound system.
The pricing range for the 2013 Dodge Dart falls nicely in line with that of its competition. The 2012 Ford Focus sedan starts at $17,295 in S trim, and peaks at $22,605 for a loaded Titanium sedan. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan is priced from $17,740 for a GLS model with manual transmission to $21,720 for a Limited with an automatic transmission. Pricing for the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze runs from $17,595 for an LS model with a manual transmission to $23,985 for the LTZ.