Used Car: 2013 Dodge Dart Review
All-new for 2013, reviewers said the Dodge Dart has sharp steering and a spacious cabin, but lackluster acceleration.
Equipped with a base four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower, some test drivers said the 2013 Dodge Dart has sufficient power, but others said that its acceleration is tepid. A 160-horsepower turbocharged engine is available, which reviewers said suffers from turbo lag but otherwise improves acceleration somewhat. A 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine is also available. A manual or automatic transmission is available with any engine engine, and critics commented that the base engine feels much more responsive with the manual transmission than with the available automatic. Equipped with an automatic transmission and base engine, the 2013 Dart gets an EPA-estimated 24/34 mpg city/highway, which is on the low end of the class. Auto writers said the Dodge Dart feels nimble through corners and were impressed with its responsive steering. Most reviewers said the Dart has a composed, stable ride as well.
Auto writers praised the 2013 Dodge Dart for its stylish, sporty interior and said that most materials are attractive and soft to the touch. Test drivers noted that the Dart has a roomy cabin and offers plenty of head- and legroom both up front and in the back seat for most people. The Dart’s trunk can hold 13.1 cubic feet of cargo, which is typical for a 2013 compact car. The 2013 Dart comes standard with an auxiliary input. Available features include air conditioning, Bluetooth, a Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a USB port, navigation and a rearview camera. Most test drivers said the touch-screen infotainment and navigation systems are easy to use.
Other Cars to Consider
Test drivers praised the 2013 Volkswagen Golf’s sharp steering and nimble handling around corners. The Golf is a hatchback and offers more cargo space than the Dart, and with its available diesel engine, it gets great fuel economy.
Reviewers said the 2013 Hyundai Elantra has communicative steering, and it gets much better fuel economy than the Dart. Test drivers liked the Elantra's spacious seating, well-built cabin and comfortable ride.