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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