2013 Dodge Dart Sedan - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2013 Dodge Dart Sedan Limited (6-spd manual w/opt 1.4L 4-cyl. Turbo) Driven On 5/23/2012 Ratings Summary The Dart is a roomy compact car with responsive handling and good refinement. The turbo engine has some idiosyncrasies but has solid acceleration when called upon. A competitive car in its class.
B
Performance Turbo engine is kind of a mixed bag. Manual gearbox has long shift throws but it is otherwise enjoyable. Handles well at a medium pace, and appears to have a fundamentally sound chassis and great steering tuning.
Acceleration
B
At full throttle the turbo inline-4 moves with good punch. However, at times it can be caught off boost, particularly at low revs. Especialy sluggish when the engine is cold.
Braking
B
Short stopping distances for its class. Brakes feel natural and progressive. A good result when you consider it has all-season tires and not stickier summer tires.
Steering
B
Quick and well weighted, especially natural-feeling for electric power steering. Helps make the Dart to be more fun to drive.
Handling
B
Routine handling is enjoyable and responsive. Not a sports sedan but might make the basis for a good one.
Driveability
C
Poor drivability when cold due to very retarded ignition timing which makes the car sluggish. Noticeable off-boost behavior when driven conservatiely on 87 octane.
B
Comfort The Dart is compact, but offers the comfort of a larger car. Its width has a lot to do with this impression. The ride quality is well-snubbed rather than floaty and the seats also feel as though lifted from a larger car.
Seating Comfort
B
Seats are plush and comfortable in a traditional American way. Their bolsters appear aggressive but it's mostly a visual trick.
Ride Comfort
B
Picks up its feet well over bumps. The independent rear suspensions shows its value here. Well damped; crisp, not squishy.
Quietness
B
This is a refined car when it comes to wind and road noise. Engine noise also has been quelled so that it is gone when you want it to be gone
B
Interior Good ergonomics, space and functionality, but a few low-rent pieces inside cheapen the vibe.
Ergonomics
B
Big central multimedia screen has large icons and an easy-to-navigate interface. Small, cramped numerals on gauges are victims to style. Simple HVAC interface a plus.
Ingress/Egress
B
Doors open widely, and this works with modest seat bolsters to facilitate ease of ingress and egress.
Space/Room
B
Feels spacious and wide for a compact car. Backseat headroom is snug for six-footers, though legroom is ample.
Visibility
C
Large C-pillars and a tall deck mean reward visibility could be better. Good view forward through windshield. Speaker grilles on dash reflect into windshield on direct sunlight.
Cargo/Storage
B
Good-sized cargo hold with wide aperture. Gooseneck trunk hinges may intrude on objects.
B
Value Our test car is a fully optioned Premium trim that is near the upper end of compact car pricing. Still, the Dart is worth a look for its blend of space, refinement and dynamics.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
Some cheap looking plastics in the cabin. Overall build quality appears adequate for the class.
Features(vs. $)
B
Not as feature laden as Korean competition, but that's not to say the Dart is lacking. Our tester was equipped with navigation and heated front seats.
Cost
B
Competitive in its class, though at the upper end of the compact classin Premium trim like our test car.
MPG
B
EPA ratings of 27 mpg/39 mpg highway are pretty solid for the class. In our testing of a single tank, the Dart only achieved 22 mpg, but this is not statistically significant.
B
Fun To Drive Handling and steering give the Dart a bit of verve to raise it above the cattle-car class of compact cars. You can have genuine fun hustling it along at a moderate clip.
Driving Experience
B
For a compact sedan the Dart acquits itself for its driving engagement.
Personality
B
Some of the Dart's personality traits like its turbo engine's sometimes-meek power delivery could be improved upon, but overall this is a car with an agreeable skill set.
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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$166 per month*
* Explanation
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