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

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT: Fuel Economy Update for January

February 4, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT

After our first month of mixed driving in our brand new 2013 Dodge Dart SXT, one fill-up occurred after a mere 67 miles and the longest came after 368 miles. After 2,400 trouble-free miles, the preliminary fuel economy verdict is in. Where the EPA officially rates our particular Dodge Dart with the optional 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine at 27 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway, and 31 mpg Combined, our lead-footed staff achieved disappointing results.

With an average 26.2 mpg, we're 5 mpg shy of the EPA's combined estimate? That's not a good sign. Maybe our staff are still in the "Let's see what this thing's got" stage. Maybe the much-maligned DDCT automated-manual transmission is so frustrating that elicits aggressive throttle use (heh-heh).

Whatever the case, it's also interesting that the EPA's figures were the result of using premium fuel (that's 91 octane here in Santa Monica, CA), and the majority of our refueling was with 87 octane gasoline. The blank fuel door isn't explicit about the type of gasoline that should be used, but the owner's manual reads "87 octane acceptable" and "91 octane recommended." Stay tuned for more fuel updates in the coming months.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 2,435 miles

Worst Fill MPG: 20.7
Best Fill MPG: 30.3
Average Lifetime MPG: 26.2
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway/Combined): 27/37/31
Best Range: 368 miles
Current Odometer: 2,435 miles


  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    that is just a little less then my avarage driving a 2013 fiat 500 as a rental for 3 weeks. i think my average overall was 30 even. on the highway the in-car mpg meter hovered at 37-40 and in town. anywhere from 26-30 depending on how much traffic. i don't really drive in typical stop and go traffic like these editors, however when you think about it you are not sacrificing hardly any mpg for driving a much bigger more practical car even one that is "heaviest in it's class" i cannot wait for more fiat engines to come stateside because they are amazing.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    I see the "I'm not putting Premium in a car that cost under $35k" club is alive and well at Edmunds. Imagine a rolleyes emoticon here.

  • arallyeguy arallyeguy Posts:

    I agree there were "shortcuts" when building this vehicle, but I can live with those, given its many positives. As far as gas goes, I have two questions? I've been using 87 octane for the first 3 fill-ups, so can you mix that fuel with 91 octane to make it 89, or can they not coexist, meaning I'm stuck with 87?

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