Real Fuel Costs - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: Real Fuel Costs

September 25, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

This morning's fuel stop to fill the 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye year-long tester cost me a significant $55.33. I pumped 13.8 gallons, or 376 miles worth of fuel.

Even though our car carries the turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir engine which earns a respectable EPA rating of 31 mpg combined, I'm still always surprised when I do the full math.

Fifteen cents per mile may not sound like much, but after a busy weekend of necessary (and totally gratuitous) errands, I start to rethink how much running around I really needed to do.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 13,920 miles


  • A respectable 31mpg combined for a small car with a 1.4l engine? Maybe I am jaded, but I just got back from England where a car of this size/capacity would get about 60mpg on the combined rating. What are we all missing here?

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Now that's a good realization the Kelly! The most effective way to save money is to drive less. Obviously you save gas, but if your annual mileage goes down so will your insurance, you'll buy less wear items (tires, brakes...) and you car will accrue mileage slower, thereby pushing back that big purchase price of a new car.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I don't know why I said "the Kelly".... Ignore that please.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    @desmolicious A European 1.4 car does not have the same amount of lard or space as a Dart. As for Kelly and her running around, how can errands be necessary and gratuitous at the same time? I come from Europe so I plan my trips to do more than one chore w

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    @desmolicious Some combination of a US Gallon being ~83% the size of an Imperial Gallon and European fuel economy ratings being notoriously optimistic.

  • It costs me around $58.00 to fill my 2010 Jetta TDI with 14 gallons of diesel and I'll have 500+ miles on a tank. Using 500 miles for math it works out to 11.6 cents per mile. Last time I filled I think I paid $4.09/gal but then again I live in Upstate NY.

  • @ gloss Fuel is measured in liters everywhere in Europe, including the UK. I converted liters to US gallons. 1 liter = .264 gallons. All the compact cars I rented (Renaults, Citroens) easily broke 60mpgs. None of them were diesels or hybrids. Unles

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    My Leaf costs about $0.03/mile at western PA electric prices. Your Tesla Model S is probably $0.08/mile at CA electric prices, or $0.04/mile around here. If I'm going to get 27 mpg in a car, I'd want it to be a more enjoyable ride than the uninspiring Dart.

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