Motorists looking for a modest and value-laden sedan should turn their attention to the 2016 Dodge Dart. This 5 passenger commuter-oriented sedan offers a pleasant ride at a competitive price. It features five trim levels (SE, SXT, Aero, GT and Limited).
Exterior of new Dodge Dart 2016
The exterior will feature a few improvements from the predecessor model. The base trim (SE) will come with 16-inch steel wheels and day time running lights while the SXT will have its body slightly enhanced for better aerodynamics. The SXT will feature 16-inch aluminum wheels and an active grille shutter. The sporty GT trim will still keep its 18-inch alloy wheels and sport-tuned suspension and dual exhaust pipes. The Limited trim will spot dual exhaust pipes and adds new 17-inch alloy wheels. Extra features that are offered as standard in higher trim levels will still be optional for the lower trim models.
2016 Dodge Dart Interior
For the interior, the base SE trim will come with a telescoping tilt –wheel steering, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, a music system featuring a CD/MP3 player with 4 speakers and an auxiliary audio input. On the other hand, the SXT trim will add features such as cruise control, a six speaker audio system while the GT trim which is a bit sporty will spot a keyless ignition, power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and mirrors, a dual zone automatic climate control system and a Bluetooth integrated Uconnect infotainment system.
The Limited trip which is the top trim level will feature perforated leather seats, a power sunroof, an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system, GPS navigation and a 8.4 inch touchscreen display. For safety purposes, all trims will feature traction and stability control, 4-wheel antilock brakes, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head-protection airbags. The GT and Limited trims will also feature blind spot monitoring, a rear view camera and rear parking sensors.
Engine, Specs and Performance
Under the hood of the new Dart, you will find different power trains depending on the trim level. The base trim (SE) will be driven by a 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder engine that delivers 160 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission system as standard but there will be an optional six speed automatic transmission system. This engine will have an expected consumption of 25mpg for city, 36mpg for highway and 29 combined for the manual-shift while the automatic will have 24,34 and 27 for city, highway and combined respectively.
The 2016 Dart Aero makes a return with a 1.4 L turbocharged I4 engine under its hood. Similarly, this engine will be paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission system. This Aero trim will have an impressive fuel economy of 28/41/32 for city, highway and combined when paired with the manual transmission system and 28/40/32 city/highway/combined with the automatic transmission system.
The other trims i.e. the Dart SXT, GT, and Limited will have a 2.4-liter atmospheric aspirated I4 engine with a standard six-speed manual transmission although a six speed auto transmission will be available as an option. This engine will have an estimated 23/33/27 city/highway/combined with a manual six-speed transmission system, and 22/31/26 city/highway/combined with an automatic six-speed transmission system. This variant of the 2016 Dodge Dart with automatic transmission, accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.2 sec and reaches a top speed of 127 mph. All trims come with FWD configuration.
Price and release date
The 2016 Dodge Dart will hit the showrooms this autumn according to released information. The base trim will go for a starting price of $16,695 while the top trim will cost $23,795.