By Colin Bird on Thu Oct 04 19:00:00 GMT-06:00 2012
When the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero goes on sale in the coming months, it will start at $20,090, including a $795 destination fee.
That’s less expensive than the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco ($20,475) and the 2013 Ford Focus SFE ($20,185), but it costs more than the 2013 Mazda3 with SkyActiv ($19,170).
The Dart Aero slots in-between the Dart Rallye ($18,790) and the Dart Limited ($20,790) trims in terms of pricing. Standard equipment includes cruise control, automatic headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, projector headlamps and LED taillamps. Fuel-saving features on the Dart Aero include lightweight aluminum chassis components, active grille shutters, underbody aero kit and low-rolling-resistance tires.
The Aero uses the regular turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir inline-four-cylinder that comes on some SXT, Rallye and Limited trims. It’s available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-dry-clutch automatic transmission.
The Dart Aero gets 28/41 mpg city/highway and 32 mpg combined with a six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will net 28/40 mpg and 32 mpg combined. However, the Aero will only achieve these figures sipping on premium gasoline, which will likely be a major detractor for compact-car shoppers. The Dart Aero gets about the same fuel economy as the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco (26/39 mpg), 2013 Ford Focus SFE (28/40 mpg) and the 2013 Mazda3 (28/40 mpg) when all are equipped with an automatic transmission.