Dodge's entry in the compact sedan market, the Dart offers grown-up styling and an accommodating interior that mimic what you'll find in larger size classes. To put it another way, the Dart seems aimed at buyers who want to downsize without feeling as if they're driving a typical small car.
What's New for 2015
The Dart gains several smartphone-compatible audio features.
Choosing Your Dodge Dart
Even in standard form, the Dart looks and feels like a substantial automobile and can legitimately seat five passengers. The lineup starts out with a 160-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder engine, matched to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The available turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder makes the same amount of horsepower, but offers more torque for snappier acceleration. The top power choice is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that achieves 184 horsepower.
The Dart is offered in five trim levels:
Both the Limited and GT are eligible for the Technology Group, which adds some pretty advanced features for this class like xenon headlights with automatic high-beam control, a blind-spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert. Any model expect the SE can get the Limited's navigation system as a standalone option.
The SE provides fine basic transportation -- just make sure to get the Convenience Group (a no-brainer at $775) or you'll ending up thinking you bought a stripped 1960s Dart by mistake. The GT packs a lot of content for the money; it just might be the cheapest route to leather seats in any car.