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2013 Dodge Dart Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 2013 Dodge Dart 1.4 Liter Turbo by saulsse

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This is an overview of my Dodge Dart that I recently purchased.

Reviewed: 2013 Dodge Dart

4dr Sedan turbocharged 160hp 1.4L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Why the 2013 Dodge Dart?

Safety & braking

Excellent brakes. Four wheel ABS Disc all the way around with a good solid feel. 10 Air Bags, there are airbags where I did not even think they would put them. LED Brake Lights. I like these lights. They are bright, even in the brightest sunlight. A neat feature I like with this car is the Daylight Running Lights. The car gives you an option to set your lighting style settings. No more forgetting to turn on the lights at night. The car will do them for you and if it is raining, the moment you turn on the windshield wipers; the lights come on. Excellent on the insurance and has 5 star frontal and side. A big plus for me.

Powertrain performance

My first experience with the 6 speed manual that is an automatic. It takes a bit getting used to, but once you do; it is an enjoyable drive. The car moves along smartly with a slight European growl. It has the 1.4 Turbo, (regular gas) and the mileage looks nice as well. The information center gives you a running tally of the gas mileage and it is stating to me that we were getting 35 MPG on the highway at one point; but I will of course measure this over the long term.

Driving position & visibility

I am very happy with overall visibility. I am 5'7" so I like the extra "window" in what is the very rear pillar or "C". It has the optional backup camera which comes in handy as the trunk lid to me is a smidge high but bearable. Once you have the car controls set up, it is nothing but a fingertip to make an adjustment. The seat height in my car is adjustable with a 6 way power and back with adjustable lumbar support. It is very comfortable so far and again once you have things set up, you can adjust what you need. Another feature is the UCONNECT. If you can spring for it. With your smartphone you can issue voice commands to the car and you can adjust a lot of different things so this helps keep you in the optimal driving position and one that keeps the eyes on the road.

Audio & nav systems

Unlike other car navigation systems, the Dodge Dart features GARMIN. I have a portable Garmin and setup for me was no problem. It also features traffic information so you can be kept up to date. Mine has the 9 speaker system, great sound and of course it has a setting for increasing the volume as your speed increases. It has only one CD and is located in the center console along with a SD CARD slot to play music or store files to. It comes with a complimentary 1-year subscription, I was easily able to cancel my old Sirius subscription on my old car and transfer it to the Dodge without a hitch.

Materials & workmanship

With FIAT running the show and giving some influence into what the Dodges now have; the Dart which has leather appointments is well put together. It is built in Illinois and the guys and gals up there did a very good job putting the Dart together.

Why Not the 2013 Dodge Dart?


It is a bit too loud, but I look at the performance tires as the cause of it.


I bought this car for the gas mileage and safety features.
I gave some thought to getting a Hybrid but their prices are just still too high. Maybe in 10 years I might consider a Hybrid then.

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