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The 2013 Dodge Dart: What the critics say

How did the 2013 Dodge Dart fare with the critics? The price starts at $15,995.

Autoweek
The Dodge Dart is the first all-new car produced under the combined ownership of Chrysler and Fiat, and it “takes a backseat to no one” in the crowded market it’s elbowed into. Built on a modified Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform, this compact offers “bold styling,” a sport-tuned suspension, and a best-in-class interior. By every standard, “this is a significant car.”

Car and Driver
Chrysler has “devoted extra effort to avoid the compact-class blahs.” It’s rare in this segment for consumers to be offered five models with six power-train choices—including a “road and track” model to come later—plus options like blind-spot monitoring and backup cameras. There are shortcomings, such as rear seats that “won’t transport three adults for more than a few blocks.” But this car is further proof that Chrysler is fully “back from the brink.” 

Motor Trend
Of the three engine choices, the 2.0-liter sacrifices some performance for economy. But the 1.4-liter turbo—also offered in the Fiat 500 Abarth—“digs deeply and pulls steadily.” Every model represents a potent value proposition. Rear shoulder room is actually generous for a compact, and the wide wheelbase provides a “flat cornering attitude” in turns. This new Dart is no pretender. “It has mojo.”

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