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2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: Small But Powerful Engine

May 14, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

As is often becoming the case these days, our 2013 Dodge Dart features an optional engine that's actually smaller in displacement than the base setup. With the help of a turbocharger, this 1.4-liter engine manages to deliver 40 extra pound-feet of torque over the 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Horsepower remains equal between the two engines.

That extra helping of torque makes a huge difference. Our Dart is hardly what I would call fast, but it does have plenty of punch when you need it on the highway. Once the gearbox finds the right gear, this car moves out nicely. It almost feels like a lightweight despite weighing over 3,200 pounds.

When it comes to noise this engine is a mixed bag. When you're wringing it out the sound is on the shrill side. Not the worst I've heard, but not the most refined either. Once it settles down, however, the engine noise disappears completely. Between that and the minimal road noise, this Dart is one of the quieter compact sedans I've driven in a while.

I'd say it's worth the upgrade.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 9,560 miles


Comments

  • huisj huisj Posts:

    If they could just do something about the turbo lag at lower speeds. I found the power deliver in low stop-and-go driving to be sort of awkward, with nothing off the line and then a surge around 2200 RPM right when I didn't need it anymore because I would run into the car in front of me. I don't remember feeling that way nearly as much in stuff with Ford's 1.6 ecoboost.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    What huisj said was exactly my experience test-driving the 1.4T - it was awful in city driving, and the stick was terrible, too. The 2.0 automatic was much more pleasant to drive.

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