Fuel Economy Update for July - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: Fuel Economy Update for July

August 2, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

We've had our 2013 Dodge Dart about seven months and in that time we've driven it 12,705 miles, which works out to 1,815 miles per month. And that tally includes this past July, a fairly light month in which slightly less than 1,000 new miles were added.

Still, we'll reach our 20,000-mile goal if we can manage 1,450 miles per month through the end of the year. I think we can handle that.

What we can't do is bring our Dart's average fuel economy up to its 31 mpg Combined rating. It currently stands at 27.6 mpg, a tenth less than where we were at the end of last month.

In order to get to 31 mpg overall at the end of 20,000 miles our 2013 Dodge Dart would have to average 38.8 mpg for the next 7,300 miles.

That's not going to happen. Our best single tank to date is only 35.6 mpg.

Worst Fill MPG: 16.8
Best Fill MPG: 35.6
Average Lifetime MPG: 27.6
EPA MPG Rating: 31 Combined (27 City / 37 Highway)
Best Range: 486.7 miles
Current Odometer: 12,705

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 12,705 miles


  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Ok, so I want to comment on small turbo DI motors. These are power dense engines that are capable of good power OR good fuel economy, depending on how you drive. Not both. A 1.4L is only going to get 1.4L fuel economy if you drive it like the small engine that it is. But this car has the same power as Dodge's larger 2.0L, and because Edmunds.com folks tend to drive their cars harder, it's not surprising that this once sucks fuel like a larger engine (27 mpg combined for the 2.0L with automatic).

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    The mild temperatures in southern California makes for better fuel mileage. In my neck of the woods, it snows 6 months a year, so tracking mileage during the winter gets a bit depressing. Fortunately, auto manufacturers really do offer an excellent variety of vehicles to choose from. Brand preferences aside, there's never been such a diverse collection available. Pretty amazing that a corvette can achieve mid-20's considering the horse power on tap. Personally, I'm comfortable sacrificing some MPG in the interest of enjoying to trip.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Let's not forget that several of the Edmunds staff are reluctant to feed this car 91 octane that it really needs. They proved that this makes a big difference with small turbo cars when they had the Cruze. The improvement in mileage far outweighed the price difference between 87 and 91 IIRC. This was particularly true in the summer.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @greenpony: This car doesn't HAVE direct injection, which is a prime reason why it's not doing very well on the fuel economy vs. power front particularly with the fact that the staff doesn't put in 91 octane fuel. It's the same reason the Cruze doesn't do

  • fozzwad fozzwad Posts:

    I have about 7,000 miles on my 1.4Lturbo 6-manual. My overall mileage (35.72) is better than your best tank. My worst tank was 31.13. My best tank is 38.97mpg.

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