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

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Fuel Economy Update for September

October 4, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

We put 1,713 miles on our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart in September. With the help of a road trip from Los Angeles to Monterey, California, our lifetime average crept up to 27.6 mpg (up from 27.4 a month ago), and we set a new high for mpg.

We can thank Mark Takahashi for this latest feat of frugality. On his return trip from Monterey, he drove 262 miles and then put in just 7.156 gallons of 87 octane. That works out to 36.6 mpg and tops our previous high of 35.6 mpg. Notably, 36.6 rounds to 37, which is the EPA highway rating on our Dart, which has a turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automated manual transmission.

Worst Fill MPG: 16.8
Best Fill MPG: 36.6
Average Lifetime MPG: 27.6
EPA MPG Rating: 31 Combined (27 City/37 Highway)
Best Range: 486.7 miles
Current Odometer: 14,927 miles

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 14,927 miles


  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Pretty solid.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    Hardly. It's pretty goddamned pathetic for an econobox.

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    My 2010 civic has averaged 32.7 with 18 fill-ups. That's with 50/50 city highway. I don't baby it, but I probably don't pound it like the crew @ Edmunds does. I won't call the Dart's mpg impressive by any means.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    One reason Edmunds has to "pound" the Dart is because its powertrain is so woefully inadequate to begin with.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Imagine how much better that top mileage number would have been had Mark put the proper fuel, 91 octane, in this small turbo. Edmunds already know this is a must after their Cruze experience.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    Edmunds is driving the Dart (like the Cruze) as typical owners will, which means filling up with whatever's cheapest at Costco. I highly doubt the sub-600 beacon score types being shoved into Darts by unscrupulous Fiasler dealers really have the mental capacity to understand the distinction between 87 and 91 octane fuel.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Wow, Mark set the benchmark best MPGs? What world are we living in?? Next thing you know, Travis is going to sell his Integra and buy a minivan

  • morrisg2_ morrisg2_ Posts:

    It would be interesting to see what 91 octane does to the mileage before the end of the test period. A few tanks should be enough...

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