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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Dodge Dart

5/8/2013
Chrysler resurrects the Dodge Dart for the 2013 model year, following a 37-year hiatus for the nameplate. The new 2013 Dart is a 4-door sedan based on the same platform that forms the basis of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and is designed to compete against compact sedans even though the EPA classifies the new Dart as a midsize car. Following are 5 fast facts about the 2013 Dodge Dart.

1) The 2013 Dart is offered with a choice between three different engines. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generates 160 horsepower, and is standard in the SE, SXT, Rallye, and Limited trim levels. A turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine shared with the Fiat 500 Abarth delivers 160 horsepower as well, plus a bump in torque output. This engine is standard in the Dart Aero model, and optional for the SXT, Rallye, and Limited. Planned Dart GT and Dart Mopar '13 models will come with a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.

2) To obtain the best fuel economy, Dart buyers will want the turbocharged Fiat-sourced engine. It is rated by the EPA to return between 27 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, depending on model and transmission, but keep in mind that it requires premium fuel. The standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is expected to get between 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while the Dart GT's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is rated to deliver 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

3) The Dart is equipped with 10 air bags as standard equipment, and safety-related options include rain-sensing wipers, rear park-assist sensors, reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-path detection. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Dodge Dart receives an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) the 2013 Dart received "Good" ratings in the tests it was subjected to, resulting in a "Top Safety Pick" designation from the Institute.

4) To improve fuel economy, the 2013 Dart offers active grille shutters to improve aerodynamics. Additional features include a 7-inch reconfigurable Thin Film Transistor (TFT) gauge display, Keyless Enter & Go passive entry and push-button starting system, 506-watt premium sound system, and a Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system with an 8.4-inch color touch-screen display.

5) The "Dodge Dart Registry" is a crowd-funding platform that allows someone to register himself or herself, or another person, and to solicit sponsorship of the various parts and costs associated with a Dart from family, friends, or an extended network of people. The first Dart sold through the registry went to a woman fighting cancer, who needed a new car to commute for a trial treatment program in a distant city. Her network, including parishioners at her church, raised the cost of the Dart in just 21 days.

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