For $16,700, you can buy a 2013 Dodge Dart. For slightly more than that, you can upgrade to one of four other higher tiered models, including three different engine options. Though we can’t yet publish our first driving impression of the new Dodge Dart, what can be said is that the Dart offers consumers a valuable bargain in the compact car segment by coming to market with an excellent price point and a loaded feature set.
“The all-new Dodge Dart is a groundbreaking car, offering features and benefits never before found in a compact car,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Dodge Brand. “With class-leading style, customization, safety, technology, and interior levels of roominess, the all-new Dart perfectly blends Alfa Romeo DNA and Dodge passion and style into one all-new car that customers will be proud to own and look forward to driving.”
The Dodge Dart models include the brand’s familiar designations SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T. The line tops out, before options, at $23,290, just $55 less than the Honda Civic Si, but $1570 more than the Hyundai Elantra Limited. And that’s not bad company to be in.
Can the Dodge Dart live up to its hype? Will consumers forget the atrocious Caliber that replaced the beloved Neon? Time will soon tell.