"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.
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|
|Base price (with dest.)||$18,790|
|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|
|EPA Fuel Economy||27/37/31 (city/hwy/combined)|
|Turning circle||37.5 ft|
|Suspension, Front||Strut-type, coil springs|
|Suspension, Rear||Multilink, coil springs|
|Brakes F/R||Vented discs/discs|
|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|
|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 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|