2016 Dodge Dart

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Dodge Dart. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    27-29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    160-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Cabin materials in higher trim levels
  • Body motion control
  • Intuitive touch-screen multimedia option
  • Most trims have peppy 2.4-liter engine

The Bad

  • Gas mileage in most trims
  • Unrefined drivability with 1.4-liter engine
  • Backseat headroom
  • Visibility
  • Firm ride with Touring, GT suspensions

Notable Features of the 2016 Dodge Dart

  • 8.4-inch center touch-screen, 7-inch gauge display available
  • Three four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Numerous ways to personalize
  • Heated steering wheel available

What Is the 2016 Dodge Dart?

The 2016 Dodge Dart is a five-seat compact sedan that competes with the Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus. Based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which is sold overseas by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the 2016 Dart comes in seven trim levels: SE, SXT Sport, SXT, Aero, GT Sport, GT and Limited.

What's New on the 2016 Dodge Dart?

Outside of equipment reshuffles that drivers are not likely to notice, there are no significant additions to the 2016 Dodge Dart from the 2015 model. 

How Does the 2016 Dodge Dart Compare to Other Compact Cars?

The 2016 Dodge Dart has trouble keeping up in the highly competitive compact sedan class. The Dart lacks the standard features and fuel efficiency to distinguish itself in a field that includes the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze.

What Features in the 2016 Dodge Dart Are Most Important?

The 2016 Dodge Dart is powered by a standard 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or two optional four-cylinders: a 184-hp 2.4-liter or a 160-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter. Transmissions include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic, and all Darts have front-wheel drive. The Dart comes standard with cruise control, keyless entry, a folding backseat and power windows. As required in all new vehicles, the Dart includes airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Moving up the trim level lineup opens a wide array of available features, including a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert and a backup camera. Available tech in the Dart includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system, a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and remote start. The Dart also boasts available leather upholstery and a 60/40-split folding backseat, as well as an available heated steering wheel, front seats and side mirrors.

Should I Buy the 2016 Dodge Dart?

The value and quality of the 2016 Dodge Dart depends heavily on the configuration you choose. The optional multimedia touchscreen and the high-quality cabin materials - both offered on higher trim levels - are great for drivers seeking a comfortable ride. Moreover, the 2.4-liter engine available on most trim levels provides excellent power for this compact car.

In general, though, the 2016 Dodge Dart has some drawbacks. Visibility and backseat headroom are both lacking across the trim level options. Most notably, fuel efficiency is subpar for most trims, and the 1.4-liter engine option has an unrefined driving performance.

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What Drivers Are Saying


Love our Dodge Dart

by bvsaker from American Fork on August 25, 2018

It is a very sporty looking car which we love but doesn't have the sporty cost. This is probably because it doesn't perform like a sports car it just looks like one. For the cost, we love it! Read full review


Reliable and gas efficient

by Avery from San Diego California on July 22, 2018

This car has helped keep the weight of gas prices off my shoulders and is fun to drive. Very reliable and easy to maintenance. I used it mostly to get back and forward from work. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2016 Dodge Dart currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Dodge Dart has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Dodge

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Dart received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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