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.
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.
With its Alfa Romeo-based architecture, designing the latest version of Dodge Dart is a fulfilment of the dream of the Head of the Chrysler Group LLC Dodge Design team, Joe Dehner. It enabled them to design the exterior with vast proportions to give it a ‘fun-to-drive’ look.
It is also equipped with a new and improved sleek crosshair grille and ‘racetrack’ tail lamps that are Charger-inspired. And it has piano black accents that add up to the performance-inspired design.
Its Compact US wide (CUS) architecture developed by Fiat Group features low, broad and extensive dimensions with coupe-like silhouette and a firm “body-in, wheels-out” stance. As it enables the designers to set out a very dramatic sculpturing, this platform accentuates fender formations and pushes its wheels as far as possible from the corners, giving it a much stable look. Its skin as well is visually stretched like nylon over its framework.
Dehner added that the design of this new Dodge Dart is inspired by classic vehicles beautifully designed throughout time. He also said that because of its “surface work and presence,” there’s no need for superfluous details that only make the eye confused.
The designers gave this Dodge some attitude with dynamic curves and well-defined lines in every angle in order to give a lift to its basic design. Its split crosshair grille may also be very Dodge-like but the sleek look in its front fascia gives it a modern twist while maintaining a Dodge feel.