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It certainly doesn't look like any Dodge Dart you might remember. Earlier this year the Chrysler Group unveiled the new 2013 Dodge Dart that is expected to go on sale later this summer starting at $16,790.
The Dart is available with three engine choices: 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engines and a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. It will be built in Chrysler's Belvidere, IL plant.
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the company doesn't expect to make much money on the stripped down version of the Dart, but he's optimistic that buyers drawn to the car will be enticed by the options.
The five-seat sedan is modern and stylish with European handling, fun features, 10 air bags, and fuel thrifty engines, including two turbos, according to Motor Trend. Some auto experts say the Dart's smart design and attention to detail groups the information from the gauges with the controls in the center of the dashboard better than any car, Dodge or otherwise!
Additionally, all Darts come with a spacious, single glovebox with depth that goes deep into the dashboard. And, there's a standard hiding place for small items under the front passenger seat cushion. The cushion lifts up to reveal the hidden storage area.
The Dart gives Chrysler an attractive, fuel efficient vehicle (25/36 mpg) at a great price point. According to Manufacturing.net, which tested the vehicle, "The Dart's manual transmission had a satisfying feel and shifted smoothly. Gears were easy to find and the clutch pedal was neither too light nor too heavy. Their tester averaged 29.1 miles per gallon in combined city/highway/country road driving.
Chrysler hopes it competes effectively with the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. We'll see!