At Autopten, besides helping buyers to find the cheapest used cars going out on sale by U.S. dealers, specially the smallest ones, we also are always searching for which are the best new cars coming out to the market at the lowest prices and this week, our suggested vehicle to which you should give a look, is the 2013 Dodge Dart, a sports sedan specially made thinking on younger people or simply anyone with young spirit and who don’t want to spend more than $20,000 on their next car purchase.
Overview, Features, Specs And Some Facts:
It is a car with great emphasis on design, performance and technology. It is available in 12 colors and 14 different interiors, plus six different types of wheels and a set of options and accessories with which the Dart 2013 will have hundreds of customization options, including countless accessories with next generation technologies.
It was introduced to the world in the Detroit Auto Show on January 9, 2012, marking the return of the Dodge brand to the segment of compact cars.
The new 2013 Dodge Dart is not only the replacement of the Dodge Neon, it is the result of adapting the Italian car, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, to the U.S. market requirements as it is built on the platform of this vehicle.
It is the first model of the brand that incorporates an active grill that, depending on the needs of the engine, regulates the flow of air passing for cooling, improving aerodynamics.
It is currently manufactured by the Dodge division of the Chrysler-Fiat Corporation and was built between 1960 and 1976 in the United States, with a production that lasted several years in other markets.
At the beginning was called Zipp, a name that was rejected. The project designers proposed the name Dart which was immediately approved.
At the time of its manufacturing in the 60s, its name was associated with the military aircraft Convair F-106 Delta Dart and simultaneously, part of its advertising was focused on the excitement that surrounded the space race during this time.
It is currently offered in 6 different models: SE, SXT, RALLY, AERO, LIMITED and GT. The SE is the cheapest of all and you can get it for a starting price of less than $16,000 dollars.
One of the innovations for the most basic model is that it can be customized thanks to a broad range of 150 accessories developed by Mopar.
It comes with two screens, Bluetooth, navigation system, SD card reader and auxiliary input. All this thanks to the UConnect system.
It provides comfortable handling and enough power and maneuverability to be categorized as a fun to drive car.
Its cabin is roomy, with high quality materials and finishes, an excellent and system very easy to use interface system, excellent value for money and excellent safety results. It is one of the best in its class and has many seating options and equipment in general for everyone.
By its comfort and ample room for up to 5 passengers, it is ideal for long trips.
The trunk space is 13.1 cu.ft., an average capacity in vehicles of its class.
The 8.4-inch touch screen interface available for entertainment and navigation systems is very comprehensive and easy to use.
The "Aero" model comes with turbo engine, which reaches at least 41 miles per gallon on the highway due to improved aerodynamics, tires with low rolling resistance and lighter weight.
The driving position is quite comfortable and doesn't feel like a subcompact when you go on the road, it feels more like a midsize car.
This young sports sedan competes against the Ford Focus, which feels more agile, more comfortable and has plenty of room inside, against the Mazda3 which is more fun to drive and its new Skyactiv engine is a fuel economy champion, also against the stylish Hyundai Elantra which offers lots of extras for the price. The Honda Civic , Kia Optima and Chevrolet Cruze are other strong opponents.
It boasts of being the largest compact sedan in the market, with dimensions that exceed those of the Volkswagen Jetta , and having that touch of its Italian brother that gives it a different flavor to the strong fight for subcompacts. It worth a test drive.
The reborn of the Dart brand in the U.S. and the re-entry of Dodge in the compact car segment, comes on the heels of the Alfa Romeo, one of the divisions of FIAT Group and specifically of the Giulietta, a model that has received countless number of awards for its high standards in design, efficiency, technology and safety. For less than $16000 dollars there aren't many new cars available with all the features, look and personality of the Dart.