Distinctive styling; great fuel economy and power with turbo engine; cool available technology features; lots of customization possibilities; fun to drive
Sparse standard features on lower trims; extra-efficient Aero package only comes with a stick shift
The Dart is unchanged for 2016, save for two new appearance packages: a Rallye model for the base-level Dart SE and a Blacktop package for the Dart GT. See the 2016 Dodge Dart models for sale near you
Although we appreciate the 1.4-liter turbo for both its high-revving ability and its exceptional fuel economy, we find it hard to turn down the muscular 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. We strongly suggest you test out both engines to decide which is right for you.
In terms of trims, the Limited is a great choice for shoppers interested in luxury, while the GT offers an option for sport-minded drivers. The SXT is the best compromise for drivers who want a good compact sedan with a long list of available features. Find a Dodge Dart for sale
The Dart is offered in five trim levels: the base-level SE, the fuel-efficient Aero, the midlevel SXT, the sporty GT and the upscale Limited.
Shoppers who choose the base-level Dart SE ($18,000) shouldn't expect much. The sedan features only the basics, such as 16-in steel wheels with hubcaps, a CD player and power windows. Air conditioning is optional as part of the Convenience Group, which also includes keyless entry, power locks, a USB port and Bluetooth. A new Rallye Appearance Group is optional for 2016.
Step up to the Dart SXT ($20,400), and you're rewarded with several new items. Most importantly, the midlevel SXT offers the new 2.4-liter engine, while the fuel-efficient 1.4-liter is optional. But the SXT also adds standard air conditioning, keyless entry, power locks and 17-in wheels. There's also a split folding rear seat with a trunk pass-through.
Pick the Dart Aero ($22,000), and you'll find a similar list of equipment to the SXT, but you'll also get the 1.4-liter engine standard. That's because the Dart Aero's goal is gas mileage, and the model uses features such as active grille shutters to return nearly 40 mpg.
Above the Aero is the sporty Dart GT ($23,100), which boasts a sunroof, dual-zone air conditioning, heated front seats and a park-assist system. The GT also offers sport steering and a sport suspension, both tuned to improve handling, along with a dual exhaust and dark headlight surrounds.
Topping the Dart range is the Limited ($25,400), which adds several features, including leather upholstery, an automatic transmission, a push-button starter and Chrysler's Uconnect navigation system.
The Dart offers many options, ranging from a sunroof to its Uconnect navigation system with a large 8.4-in center-mounted touchscreen. Also available are safety features such as rear cross-traffic alert, xenon headlights, a blind spot monitoring system and automatic high beams. SXT and Limited models offer the 1.4-liter engine for efficiency-minded drivers, while rain-sensing wipers and proximity keyless entry are also available.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
2016 Honda Civic -- The latest Honda Civic is one of the best compact cars we can remember, as it touts handsome styling, a roomy cabin and a long list of available equipment. We highly recommend checking it out.
2017 Hyundai Elantra -- The recently redesigned 2017 Elantra is an excellent new compact car that offers everything most shoppers want, including a 10-year warranty and a longer list of safety features than the Dart.
2016 Mazda3 -- Like the Dart, the latest Mazda3 offers handsome styling and excellent technology. It also touts impressive gas mileage and an available hatchback body style.
Used Ford Fusion -- The Fusion is a midsize sedan that touts excellent technology, handsome styling and several engine options, just like the Dart. But it's bigger, which is a benefit for drivers who need more space. Prices are higher, though, so you may have to consider a used model.