Last post on Apr 01, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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Dodge Dart, Sedan
Aug 13, 2012 (10:39 am)
I have driven a few of the 1.4 turbo Dart's with both SXT/Limited trim levels and found the overall car to be good for the price. The 1.4 has more torque than the Cruze's 1.4T but is not as smooth overall but the drivability is very good. The features for the price are also good. The SXT I drove was less than 21K...the Limited was 24k. None so far produced with the LED tailamps but have found them to be a $250.00 option. When you compare the Dart to the Focus or Mazda 3 it still shines a Focus Titanium w/18in wheels is 24k add a few options and 28k appears on the sticker and the 3 is stark and very basic in comparison but its chassis is excellent. Hopefully we can get a few comparisons to see how it ranks againt the competition. My first impression is that it will be among the best.
#82 of 90 Re: drove a Dart... [djefferson]
Aug 15, 2012 (11:42 am)
The transmission to get for this car is the 6 speed manual, it's really sweet. It's better in pretty much every way compared to either of the autos: better fuel economy, better performance, more fun, and cheaper to buy, so the autos don't make much sense here. It's got a nice tall overdrive 6th gear (.62 ratio) for highway MPGs and a nicely chosen set of ratios in the lower gears. It's nicer than the 5 speed in the Fiat 500 for sure. My local dealer only had the MT available to test drive, and I'm glad I did now after trying both this and the auto.
Try it out, you'll like it. Save yourself a grand, some gas money through the life of the car, and have more fun driving it to boot!
#83 of 90 Re: Drove a Dart today. [bpizzuti]
Aug 24, 2012 (10:36 am)
Drove a dart today not bad, underpowered w/ automatic, lots of road noise in cabin,hard on bumps,noticed steering wheel start to shimmy on acceleration above 75 mph,24k loaded with options,yesterday i drove optima,ultima,new malibu w/eco 4 cyl,all were unacceptable with cabin road noise,harsh over bumps,noisey 4 cyl motors,narrow seat backs,but the dart seemed the best of the lot,but allthese cars are way overpriced.
#84 of 90 Re: Build Yours on KBB.com [dodgeman07]
Sep 06, 2012 (8:06 am)
they sure don't make em like they used to.lol
#85 of 90 Dodge Dart mpg
Sep 07, 2012 (7:36 pm)
For anyone who has bought a Dart, what kind of mpg do you get?
#86 of 90 Re: Dodge Dart mpg [farout]
Oct 04, 2012 (12:44 pm)
I recently bought a dart rallye with the 6 speed and 1.4l in red lol. Very fun and sport. Actually has a pretty stiff suspension and handles corner very well. Tranny is very smooth and gearing is nice. It's a fun little compact and great on gas if you drive it right. Out of the dealership I got 20-22mpg city. I assumed they did not put in premium because with premium (91) I was getting 24+ city only. This car handles cruising speeds well. You lose all your mpg in shifting 1-3. Once you get 45 put it in 6th and just cruise at 35-40mpg and downshift when necessary.
All in all, I test drove the elantra, forte koup, civic, and a mustang and this was by far the most fun and complete all around to drive. Sticker price was 23,390. I walked out of the dealership paying sub that total, think I knocked them down to <$21k with USAA/Chrysler/Military discounts. This model comes with almost all of the best options.
#87 of 90 Re: Dodge Dart mpg [endur0]
Dec 05, 2012 (9:20 pm)
I bought a red Dart Rallye last week with the 6 speed manual and it drives and sounds great. I actually look forward to driving this car which is not something I can say about the 2011 Elantra I had. If you are looking at cars in this category, take a test drive. This car feels more like a mid size European car with great handling and the suspension soaks up the bumps. Although the engine is small, it really pulls and the gears are spaced perfectly in the 6 speed. A lot of car for 22k. In one week, I had 10 people ask me what kind of car it was and told me it looks great. Absolutely the best car I had in years.
#88 of 90 Bought 2013 Limited 1.4 Turbo Dart
Dec 30, 2012 (4:14 am)
Very pleased with performance and tech package - fun to drive!
***Only down side so far is that with no rear windshield wiper a rear view vision problem occurs when driving on snowy winter roads with the salt spray drying on rear window. Fortunately this is something that does not happen too often (I hope).
#89 of 90 Does Anyone Buy These?
Dec 31, 2012 (10:05 am)
I have yet to see one of these cars on the road down here in car crazy South Florida...not a one! Don't understand it but from the pics of the dash that I have seen, this is not even a car I'd consider buying no matter the price...just looks so inferior to what the competition offers. But maybe one day I'll go for a test drive just to see for myself. But hell, haven't seen a one yet on the roads!
Apr 01, 2013 (8:41 am)
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