The fuel economy rating of Dodge’s 2013 Dart fell short of 40-mpg, the magic number for the compact sedan segment, but its new 2013 Dart Aero has been reported to have an EPA rating of 40-41 mpg. The 2013 Dart’s efficient and robust 1.4-liter turbo-four was only able to achieve 39 mpg on the highway.
The Dart Aero uses the same tactics as its rivals to boost aerodynamics and lessen drag. Dodge makes use of items such as active grille shutters, underbody aero panels, and low profile and low-rolling resistance tires. The Dart’s 1.4-liter turbo-four, together with these improvements, enable the sedan to achieve 41 mpg on the highway with a six-speed manual or 40 mpg with the six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
It is priced from only $20,090 (including destination charges). There have been other automakers that have offered a high-mileage package for their compact sedans. These include Ford, Chevrolet, and Honda. The sedans of Hyundai and Mazda can offer 40 mpg but then, it doesn’t need an added package. The Dart has the same power as the Focus with 160hp. However, the Dart falls behind its rivals when it comes to city mpg by 1-2mpg.
The Dart Aero, which has a price tag of $20,090, is positioned right in the middle of the models in this segment. While the Mazda and Hyundai are more affordable, the Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet are costlier.
The price difference between the Dodge and Ford is only tens of dollars. But the Dart Aero model offers more standard features that are offered only on the top-spec Limited model like full-width “racetrack” LED taillights, auto headlights, a leather-covered steering wheel, and projector-beam headlights. Dodge’s huge 8.4-inch touchscreen and seven-inch reconfigurable TFT gauge cluster are optional.