The 2015 Dodge Dart blends European driving sophistication with American style and must-have features. Using a modified version of a European-market Alfa Romeo, this compact sedan goes head-to-head with other compact rivals like the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda Mazda3, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla. The Dodge Dart offers three different 4-cylinder engines, five different models ranging from a budget-conscious SE to a more luxurious Limited, and numerous class-exclusive technologies. With front-wheel drive, good fuel economy – especially the Dart Aero model – and excellent safety ratings, the Dodge Dart has a lot going for it. However, this relatively new name has had a tough time carving out a niche in a class dominated by the Civic and Corolla.
The wide range of available models, cool styling, spacious interior and sporty driving experience combined with excellent safety ratings and cutting-edge technology make the compact Dodge Dart sedan an attractive (if frequently overlooked) choice in an extremely competitive segment.
This year, the 2.4-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder engine is available in SXT, Limited and GT models as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle. Additionally, the Convenience Group on SE models gets a $620 price cut, and Uconnect is updated for compatibility with android phones.
The 2015 Dodge Dart offers up a solid chassis and nicely sorted European-inspired suspension to deliver a confident and well-controlled ride, regardless of what model of this compact sedan you choose. However, the Dart is also one of the heaviest cars in its class, mitigating the effect of its powerful array of engines when it comes to acceleration and passing. At best, power from the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in the SE is adequate, but the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine from the Aero is a bit more lively, thanks to better low-end torque, and gets better fuel economy. The 2.4-liter engine available on SXT, GT and Limited models helps move things along better, but it’s still no match for cars like the Volkswagen Jetta GLI or Honda Civic Si. However, the Dodge Dart handles well, and when it comes to taking corners this Dodge is near the top of its compact class.
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