12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2013 Dodge Dart SXT - All the Small Things

December 5, 2013
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Long-Term 2013 Dodge Dart Update - WINTER 2013 (2 OF 3)
Miles to Date: 21,598
"The Dodge is the most modest car currently in our fleet, but I don't feel like I've drawn the short straw whenever I drive it."
We've whined about its clunky transmission, we've raved about its simple touchscreen, and we've taken it on road trips across the country, but after eleven months we're still finding more small things to love about our 2013 Dodge Dart SXT.
Take associate web editor Evan McCausland, who discovered a little-known satellite radio function that allows drivers to set alerts for specific sports broadcasts. "You receive a notification on the touchscreen whenever your favorite team competes, which made finding the Michigan State-University of Michigan football game extremely easy," he reported.
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Copy editor Rusty Blackwell, father of two, was happy to find he could safely strap his girls' car seats into the 2013 Dodge Dart without major problems. "The rear doors open wide and the back seat is pretty spacious for loading little kids and their big, bulky seats," he said. "Regrettably, the kids can reach to kick the back of the front seats."
Blackwell also praised the "excellent" optional Mopar cargo net we installed in the trunk of the 2013 Dodge Dart several months ago: "It kept an empty beer growler from sliding around and also kept a gas can separate from my kids' ice-skating gear."
As for associate editor David Zenlea, who hadn't driven our Dodge Dart in some time, he found the turbocharged engine's funky sound intoxicating. "I love the Dart's snarling exhaust," he said. "There are some sports cars that don't sound this good at idle."
Yet perhaps it was associate web editor Joey Capparella who best summed up our thoughts on the Four Seasons Dodge. "The Dart is the most modest car currently in our fleet, but I don't feel like I've drawn the short straw whenever I drive it," he said. "I can't help but like the Dart's rorty exhaust note, surprisingly sporty chassis, and well-proportioned styling."
With that in mind, we plan to enjoy our remaining four weeks with the 2013 Dodge Dart SXT as much as possible before Chrysler snatches it away just before Christmas.
Body style 4-door sedan
Accommodation 5-passenger
Construction Steel unibody
Base price (with dest.)$18,790
As tested $23,195
Engine 16-valve SOHC turbocharged I-4
Displacement 1.4 liters (83 cu in)
Power 160 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 184 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
Drive Front-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 27/37/31 (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Electrically assisted
Lock-to-lock 2.7 turns
Turning circle 37.5 ft
Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R Vented discs/discs
Wheels 17-inch aluminum
Tires Continental ContiProContact
Tire size 225/45R-17 94H
Headroom F/R 38.6/37.0 in
Legroom F/R 42.2/35.2 in
Shoulder room F/R 58.2/56.1 in
Wheelbase 106.4 in
Track F/R 61.7/61.6 in
L x W x H 183.9 x 72.0 x 57.7 in
Passenger capacity 97.2 cu ft
Cargo capacity 13.1 cu ft
Weight 3242 lb
Weight dist. F/R xx/xx %
Fuel capacity 15.8 gal
Est. fuel range 490 miles
Fuel grade 93 octane (premium unleaded)
STANDARD EQUIPMENT 2.0-liter DOHC I-4 engine 6-speed manual transmission Stability and traction control Variable intermittent windshield wipers Remote keyless entry 4-wheel disc brakes Roll mitigation Hill-start assist Power windows Manual 6-way driver's seats 17-inch aluminum wheels Projector fog lights Black chrome headlight bezels Body-color grille crosshairs Dual rear exhaust exits Cruise control Leather-wrapped steering wheel Premium cloth interior Trip computer
1.4-liter SOHC turbocharged I-4 engine $1,300 Underbody aerodynamic treatment Active grille shutters Bright exhaust tips 140-amp alternator
6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission $1,100
Popular Equipment group $495 Vehicle information center and trip computer Cruise control Leather-wrapped steering wheel Tire pressure monitoring system Front seatback pockets 12V power outlet Sun visors w/vanity mirrors Illuminated cup holders
8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen group $595 Illuminated instrument panel surround iPod control Remote USB port and SD card slot Single-disc CD player
Uconnect 8.4 w/navigation $494 Automatic headlights
SiriusXM travel and real-time traffic w/one-year trial subscription $--- Rearview camera
LED "racetrack" taillights $225
SiriusXM satellite radio w/one-year trial subscription $195

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  • We're almost done testing our Four Seasons Dart.
  • Not our favorite, but we're still finding reasons to like the Dodge.
  • Sporty exhaust note still draws praise.
  • "It's definitely not boring," says one driver.
  • Two car seats fit in the back without a fuss.
  • The steering is very good for a compact sedan.

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