The new Dart lineup, available this month at Dodge dealerships, has shrunk to three models instead of five. They are the new Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo and Dart GT Sport.
Previously, the 2016 Dart was offered in SE, SXT, Aero, GT and Limited models.
The change is designed to reposition the Dart lineup to "better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference," the automaker said.
The new entry-level Dart SXT Sport is priced at $18,990, including a $995 destination charge. The previous base model was the 2016 Dart SE, with a base price of $17,990, including shipping.
The Dart SXT Sport is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features include remote keyless entry, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, Sirius Satellite radio, air-conditioning, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls and 16-inch aluminum wheels.
The midlevel Dart Turbo is priced at $20,490, including shipping. It is equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission.
Standard equipment includes a sport appearance hood, integrated dual exhaust and a Rallye Appearance package that bundles black headlight bezels, a black grille surround with black crosshair and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels.
The new top-of-the-line Dart GT Sport is priced at $21,990. It is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine linked to a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic transmission.
A long list of standard equipment includes a 10-way power driver's seat, rearview camera, dual-zone automatic temperature control and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels.
In comparison, the outgoing top-of-the-line 2016 Dart Limited starts at $25,390, including shipping.
Edmunds says: This change should make it easier for Dodge dealers to keep customers happy by ordering and stocking the Darts that customers want.