2013 Dodge Dart - 2012 Detroit Auto Show
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Not only will the 2013 Dodge Dart
deliver fuel economy as high as 40 mpg on the highway
, it will deliver an impressively low starting price, too.
Available in five different versions, the least expensive Dart will be priced from $16,790, including a $795 destination charge.
Even that buys a compact sedan with an impressive list of standard features, including 10 air bags; four-wheel disc brakes; projector headlamps; LED taillights and a six-way adjustable driver’s seat.
The Dart SE kicks off the range with the aforementioned $16,790 starting price, when equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The major option at this price point
will be a six-speed automatic transmission, but buyers across all trim levels can opt for the more fuel efficient 1.4-liter turbo four, mated to a dual dry-clutch six-speed automatic gearbox.
Next up is the Dart SXT, priced from $18,790, which builds from the Dart SE’s standard features by adding 17-inch aluminum wheels; power mirrors and door locks; remote keyless entry; a six speaker audio system; a security alarm and other amenities.
Opt for the Dart Rallye, priced from $19,790, and you’ll get a dose of sport with your compact sedan. The rally features a restyled front and rear end, as well as upgraded interior amenities such as steering wheel audio controls and a trip computer.
For $20,790, buyers get the Dart Limited, which leans towards the luxury side and includes things like an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display; a 10-way powered driver’s seat and active grille shutters for improved aerodynamics and fuel economy.
Topping the range is Dodge’s performance-oriented Dart R/T, which comes only with a 2.4-liter engine mated to either a six-speed manual or six speed automatic gearbox with Autostick manual control.
The Dart R/T is priced from $23,290, which buys you amenities like 18-inch aluminum wheels; a sport-tuned suspension; unique front and rear styling and perforated Nappa leather seats.
We suspect that the mid-level SXT trim will probably attract the highest number of buyers, and equipped with the 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine will return commendable fuel economy at a very reasonable list price.
Expect all 2013 Dart models
except the Dart R/T to hit dealers this June, while the Dart R/T is expected to be available in the third quarter.