2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Fuel Economy Update for August

September 4, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

For the month of August we logged just 508 miles on our 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye. Why so few miles? The Dart spent several days out of service with a broken door handle, which has since been repaired.

During the 508 miles we averaged 22.9 mpg on 87-octane fuel.

The Dart's poor fuel economy for the month brought the car's lifetime mpg average down to 27.4 from 27.6. This means we're averaging closer to the EPA's 27-mpg city rating, rather than its 31-mpg combined rating?

Worst Fill MPG: 16.8
Best Fill MPG: 35.6
Average Lifetime MPG: 27.4
EPA MPG Rating: 31 Combined (27 City / 37 Highway)
Best Range: 486.7 miles
Current Odometer: 13,213 miles

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 13,213 miles

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By starscream5000
on 09/05/13
11:37 AM PST

I've got over 6,500 miles on my Dart 1.4T 6 spd manual. The lowest I've ever seen it get was 32.59 MPG on the first tank, which was when I was breaking the motor in. The lowest I've gotten since engine break in was 40.72 MPG on a 594.9 mile tank using Shell 93 octane (no 91 around here). My lifetime average is 44.06 MPG, with my best tank at 49.89 MPG over 720.6 miles. I don't know what these drivers at Edmunds are doing, but they apparently don't know the proper way to drive a small displacement turbocharged car...

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By dby2011
on 09/05/13
6:46 AM PST

You are really doing your readers and your credibility a disservice. Here is the truth: the EPA mpg ratings are based on using 91 octane fuel but yet you use 87 octane gas and then crticize the car for not getting the EPA ratings. That is just blantant misreporting and you have now done this type of thing on your Dart updates since the beginning. I don't know if this is bias and being done on purpose or just a reflection on how ignorant your journalists are. You owe your readers, your credibility and Chrylser a retraction and the honest truth. There is nothing wrong with using 87 octane gas with the car but you need to state the EPA sticker ratings are based on using 91 octane.

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By dby2011
on 09/05/13
10:45 AM PST

duck87- how dense are you? Look at the EPA ratings- it is based on using premium fuel- www.fueleconomy.gov You forgot to mention what else is written in the owner's manual next to the great big 91 on the page -"For optimum performance and fuel economy the use of 91 octane or higher is recommended" You cannot say the car is failing it's EPA ratings when you are not using the fuel that the ratings are based on. This is not complex stuff. Edmunds is flat out deceiving people.

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Dodge Dart in VA is:

$171 per month*
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