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#37 of 90 Re: reviews [stickguy]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 08, 2012 (9:20 am)
Chrysler is doing very well these days.
#38 of 90 Re: 1st Dart off the line... [backy]
May 08, 2012 (6:16 pm)
I like the extra width because I wear a 44" jacket and XXL shirt size. With a large person next to me, elbow room is minimal in most compacts. This new Dodge will offer something other compacts don't - extra width.
I found a couple rear seat images on the web and the width is evident in the photos. Middle rear seat passenger space is always tight unless you're in a full-size vehicle and even some of them are cozy.
The compact class is the U.S. market is now loaded with nice cars. A big plus for the American consumer.
#40 of 90 Re: Dart coming in June [dodgeman07]
May 18, 2012 (1:21 pm)
I have been looking at the Buick Verano and waiting for the Acura ILX. The Dart has my attention due to the room factor and the supension lifted from Italy. Anyone seen these at the dealer yet? I hate that the Verano has a cheap beam rear axle instead of an independant suspension. The pricing on the ILX looks way to high but we'll see how it would lease out.
#41 of 90 Re: Dart coming in June [robtroxel]
May 19, 2012 (12:36 pm)
robtroxel: The new Dart is not expected to hit dealerships until late June/early July.
The Acura ILX is a nice looking car but does seem pricey. Fuel economy numbers are good though. The Verano is a bit of a disappointment in the mileage rating department. If I buy a small car, I'll be looking for better than 25mpg combined. Now a Verano Turbo with a 6-speed stick as a sports sedan would be a different story!
#42 of 90 Build Yours on KBB.com
May 22, 2012 (1:58 pm)
The Dart configurator is up and running at KBB now.
Dart on KBB
#43 of 90 Re: Build Yours on KBB.com [dodgeman07]
May 26, 2012 (5:02 pm)
Air Conditioning is not available on the base model, according to KBB.
#44 of 90 Re: Build Yours on KBB.com [mitchflorida]
May 27, 2012 (12:45 pm)
A/C is available on the base (SE) model under "Accessory Equipment Packages": Value Group [AAN] for $995. It includes Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Automatic Power Door Locks, Keyless Remote Control Entry System & Dual Power Mirrors.
It's 90 degrees in northern Iowa today and you'll need it!
#45 of 90 Re: Build Yours on KBB.com [dodgeman07]
May 27, 2012 (1:02 pm)
I don't understand why any car maker in this day and age would even attempt to sell a compact (or borderline mid-size in this case) car w/o AC. Even in cooler locales in the USA (and, where are those now, with weather trending hotter?) it's an important safety feature for defogging. For example, for 2013 Hyundai finally saw the light and made AC plus several other features standard on the base Elantra--since no one was buying the stripped cars anyway.
Most likely there will be around 0 of these SEs w/o the Accessory Equipment Package made, and it's just a gimmick to be able to advertise a low price.
#46 of 90 Re: Build Yours on KBB.com [backy]
May 27, 2012 (3:08 pm)
There's little doubt that marketing plays a role here. Being able to advertise a $15,995 starting price will bring some people in for a look. The $995 Value Group Package actually offers a lot for the money and you can bet 99% of the SE models will have it.
I'm old enough (born in '64) to remember the days when many cars didn't have A/C. The second car I ever owned was a '79 Honda Civic 2-door with a 4-speed stick and no A/C. It even had a manual choke! I drove it from '82 to '87 when a tie-rod and a few body panels had rusted through. I even drove it to Key West, FL in the summer of '85. Funny how times change.