2013 Dodge Dart - Road Test Specs

2013 Dodge Dart Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)
Vehicle
Year Make Model2013 Dodge Dart Limited 4dr Sedan (1.4L turbo 4cyl 6M)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$20,790
Options on test vehicle1.4-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4 Engine ($1,300); Premium Group ($895 -- includes leather seats, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control); UConnect multimedia system ($495); 17-by-7.5-Inch Aluminum Wheels ($395)
As-tested MSRP$23,875
Assembly locationBelvidere, Illinois
Drivetrain
ConfigurationTransverse, front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, port-injected inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,368/83.5
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainSOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)9.8
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,000
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)160 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)184 @ 2,500-4,000
Fuel type91-octane acceptable + 93-octane for best performance
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission ratios (x:1)1st = 3.90; 2nd = 211; 3rd = 1.36; 4th = 0.97; 5th = 0.75; 6th = 0.62
Final-drive ratio (x:1)4.11
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.1
Tire make and modelContinental ContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season (34 psi cold front and rear)
Tire size225/45R17 91H M+S
Wheel size17-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialPainted cast-aluminum alloy
Brakes, front12-by-1.1-inch ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.4-by-0.4-inch solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.0
0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)8.3
0-75 mph (sec.)12.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.1 @ 85.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.0
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.9
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.8
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)14.0
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)17.1 @ 82.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON64.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.86
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.84
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.8
@ Full throttle (dB)72.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.8
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,450
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsDecent sauce from this little turbo-4, although noticed a mild midrange dip in power on the way up. But it freely revs past redline to its 6,500-rpm limiter. Best run came with a 4,000-rpm drop-clutch launch with decent front wheelspin. Had to shift into 3rd gear before 60 mph. Six-speed manual has longish throws, but the gates are easy to find and the linkage has a light action.
Braking commentsShort pedal travel but slightly spongy feel. Very little nosedive, although the front end usually pulled slightly to the right. Pedal stayed consistent. First stop was shortest at 118 feet. Longest stops were the third and sixth (out of 6) at 122 feet.
Handling commentsSkid pad: The Dart responds nicely to changes in throttle, making it pretty easy to keep the car right on the skid pad circle. The tires grip well. Slalom: The Dart turns in very easily and intuitively, even though the steering is a bit lighter in effort than preferred and doesn't possess a lot of feel. Tall seating position gives the impression of a high center of gravity. This seems like a competent chassis. If Dodge stiffened up the suspension and made the ESC fully defeatable, it could run some good numbers. Right now it's mostly held back by throttle and brake intervention, even when ESC is "off."
Testing Conditions
Test date5/23/2012
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)65.6
Relative humidity (%)67.6
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.6
Wind (mph, direction)3.0 head
Odometer (mi.)5,064
Fuel used for test87 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)34/34
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 city/39 highway/32 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)22
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.8
Driving range (mi.)568.8
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,191
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,253
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.1
Length (in.)183.9
Width (in.)72.0
Height (in.)57.7
Wheelbase (in.)106.4
Track, front (in.)61.7
Track, rear (in.)61.6
Turning circle (ft.)36.5
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)35.2
Headroom, front (in.)38.6
Headroom, rear (in.)37.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.1
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)13.1
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)1,000
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles

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