Let’s cut to the chase: the 2013 Dodge Dart retails for just $15,995 MSRP. Just 16 grand for a four-door car that’s based on Alfa Romeo Giulietta, looks cool, and is very well-equipped. That, my friends, is called value for money. There’s a $795 destination charge you need to add to that price, but still, it’s amazingly low. Even a fully-loaded R/T costs no more than $22,495.
The basic $15,995 Dart SE comes with a 160-hp 2.0-liter 16-valve Tigershark I-4 engine, and standard equipments like 10 standard air bags, four wheel disc anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control. Dart separates itself from the competition with world-class aerodynamics and distinctive style with standard projector headlamps, LED taillamps, body-color crosshair grille and laminated windshield. The interior features a premium soft-touch instrument panel with bright accents, six-way manual driver seat with height adjuster, unique ‘Denim’ cloth seats, power windows, AM/FM CD with MP3 and much more.
After that there’s the $17,995 Dart SXT model which adds 17-inch aluminum wheels; power body-color mirrors and door locks; remote keyless entry; six-speakers; security alarm, 60/40 split folding rear seat, sliding armrest; air conditioning with micron filter and more, and has optional 8.4-inch touch screen, Garmin navigation, in-seat storage, rear backup camera, power sunroof and a 506-watt sound system.
Then there’s the $18,995 Dart Rallye, which gets what the SXT gets, plus unique black front fascia accents; black headlamp bezels; projector fog lamps; class-exclusive integrated dual exhaust with bright exhaust tips; leather-wrapped steering wheel; speed control; steering wheel audio controls; trip computer and more.
The $19,995 Dart Limited is the next one you can choose, and it comes with all the SXT stuff in addition to some luxury goods, including unique bright grille and door handles; 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen with rear backup camera; class-exclusive 7-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) reconfigurable instrument cluster display; floating island bezel; projector fog lamps; 10-way power driver seat; automatic headlamps; active grille shutters; premium accent stitching on the instrument panel; and much more.
Finally we have the $22,495 Dart R/T that is powered by the new 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 4-cylinderdeveloping 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard features on this one include 18-inch aluminum wheels; sport suspension with frequency-sensing damping shocks; unique performance front fascia with black accents and Hyper Black grille; black headlamp bezels; integrated dual exhaust with bright exhaust tips; R/T-unique premium Nappa perforated leather seats; dual- zone automatic temperature control; heated seats; class-exclusive heated steering wheel;and more.
We just hope Chrysler has not sacrificed the quality, so they could offer the Dart at these prices.