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2013 Dodge Dart Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Dodge Dart 1.4l 6 speed: A fun, economical car that is worth taking a test drive. Great car! by mjf6866

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Reviewed: 2013 Dodge Dart

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

Why the 2013 Dodge Dart?

Exterior styling

great looking car from all angles. love the racetrack tail lights and aggressive front end. side profile looks athletic too.

Interior styling

love the instrument cluster color choices and 8.4 inch tough screen. i have the red and black interior which is accented just perfectly with illuminated red ring around the dash. steering wheel feels right and feels sporty.

Powertrain performance

my 1.4 turbo took a bit to get used to, but once i did, i fell in love. its a fun car to drive daily that is good on gas but still has some pep when you want it. i think most people complain about the "lag" because they are not used to a small displacement turbo. my ONLY complaint is with the A/C on, you have to pay a bit more attention to revs off idle when pulling away.

Handling

car feels great when thrown into the corners, stays planted and feels solid unlike many compact cars in this price range. feels like a much more expensive car. steering is weighted just right and suspesion isnt too harsh on beat up roads, but not too soft when tossing it.

Reliability & durability

i'm at over 18,000 miles and drive in all kinds of weather and have yet to run in to one single problem. i change the oil every 5000 miles. interior is quiet and everything feels like quality. lots of soft touch, just a small amount of hard plastic.

Why Not the 2013 Dodge Dart?

Tires

the contipro tires that came on this from the factory wore out waaay too fast.

Other Features of the 2013 Dodge Dart

Brand reputation & image

Its a shame that Dodge has gotten a bad reputation during the Daimler era, because this car is proof that they are once again competitive and should be considered when car shopping. Materials and quality has gone up 10 fold. Great to see them come out with a car like this to prove it. Too bad many will pass it up based on their reputation in the dark Daimler years without even taking a test drive for themselves to see what a nice car this is.

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