2013 Dodge Dart: I'd Wait For The GT
April 4, 2013
If you've been following news of the Dodge Dart (you have, haven't you?) then you might know that when Dodge debuted the car to automotive journalists, it said a sporty R/T model would be coming in the fall of 2012. The R/T, however, proved to be MIA.
At the beginning of this year though, Dodge announced a GT trim would be coming, and it listed pretty much the same equipment as the promised R/T: a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine, a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, a sport-tuned suspension and special interior and exterior trim.
Now, it's said the GT will be out in the "second quarter of 2013," which would be soon. And if I were thinking about buying a Dart, I'd wait until I could test-drive the GT.
Sure, I haven't driven it yet. But at least on paper, I think I'd prefer the GT to our long-termer. The additional power of the bigger engine isn't substantial, but overall the engine might suit the character of the car more. The same goes for the GT's sport-tuned suspension. And, of some irony, the automatic transmission would also likely be preferable to the dual-clutch automated manual transmission in our car that's won little praise around here.
You also get some of the Dart's best stuff as standard, including the 8.4-inch touchscreen and a reconfigurable 7-inch display in the gauge cluster.
Pricing has been announced ($20,995) but so far the car still wasn't up on Dodge's Web site configurator as I wrote this.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,845 miles