Preview: 2013 Dodge Dart

Previewing the Caliber's replacement, the 2013 Dodge Dart

Eli Blueby Eli Blue

The 2013 Dodge Dart is looking to improve over the Caliber's platy commuter car status and disastrous performance reviews and at least acquire mid tier status alongside the Scion iQ and Insights of the world with an all-new technology package, 40+ mpg fuel economy, and engine updates this time around.

Let's see if the 2013 Dodge Dart hits the bulls eye with the following notes. You make the call!

Performance:

Under the hood, the Dart consists of three brand new engines, including a Tigershark 2.0 liter for 180HP, a Fiat 1.4 ML multi air turbo for 160HP, and a Tigershark 2.4 liter multi air 4-cylinder for 184HP. All are available with the choice of a 6 speed manual, 6 speed automatic, or 6 speed dual dry clutch transmission. Fuel economy hits 40 mpg.

Exterior:

The 2013 Dodge Dart is one of the least polished exteriors we've reviewed in a long time. It defines compact with no visible engaging ridge lines or shape.

Interior:

The Dart introduces an 8.4 inch multimedia center, which creates the largest touch screen in its class with integrated voice activated Bluetooth, lane guidance, sports updates, and weather reports. A second 7 inch TFT display is fully customizable with a turn by turn display, audio compass, and eco meter all in a hyper digitalized futuristic style display. Remote start and GPS location through Google Maps are also included as standard, creating one of the smartest dashboards in the compact class' history.

Other goodies include a 506W sound system, dual zone climate control, and heated steering wheel.

Safety & Pricing:

The Dart matches the record number of airbags in a compact with 10. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection are included.

The Dart starts at $15,995, making it one of the cheapest compacts. Look for it in dealerships by June 2012. For more information, visit http://www.dodge.com/en/2013/dart/