3 Reasons to Love the 2016 Dodge Dart

If you love clean lines, roomy interiors, and strong engine options, then there is a good chance that you will love the 2016 Dodge Dart, a charismatic five-passenger sedan that brings upscale sensibilities to its competitive segment. With a spacious interior that belies the compact sleekness of its exterior, the Dart is ideally suited for drivers who want a little luxury and performance with their economical transportation.

Trim Levels

The Dodge Dart has an aerodynamic styling that makes a great first impression, with its trademark crosshair grille, sculpted headlights, and flowing lines. Peek inside, and you will love the upscale materials and available technology. The Dart is available in five trim levels, each with its own personality. In economical SE form, the Dart rides on 16-inch wheels has power windows and adjustable seating. Available options include aerodynamic enhancements, such as active grille shutters and streamlined underbody cladding. An aero package adds an 8.4-inch touchscreen, low rolling resistance tires, and LED taillights. The SXT adds upgraded interior trim, a six-speaker sound system, 16-inch aluminum wheels, automatic headlights, and LED taillights as standard equipment. The Dart GT also boasts aerodynamic enhancements, as well as 18-inch wheels, fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, and dual exhaust tips in keeping with its sport theme. Step up to the Limited if you love a fully loaded ride, as it comes equipped with navigation, perforated leather seating, a large sunroof, and plenty of chrome trim.

Engine

Whether you love power or efficiency, the Dodge Dart gives you plenty of options. In base form, the Dart is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, while returning up to 36 miles per gallon on the highway. Aero models are equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque while earning an EPA rating of up to 41 miles per gallon in highway driving. Standard on higher trim levels is the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is good for 184 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. With a standard six-speed manual transmission, the 2.4 can return up to 33 miles per gallon while cruising the interstate.

Performance

If you love performance, the Dodge Dart delivers. Even its base 2.0-liter motor is able to pull off a zero to 60 mph run in under 10 seconds. The 2.4-liter on higher trim level Darts hustles the sedan up to 60 miles an hour from a stop in a quick 8.4 seconds. Opt for the 1.4-liter engine that is standard on the Aero package, and the Dart is just a little quicker, turning in a zero to 60 run of 8.3 seconds. Suspension options allow owners to select a tune that is oriented toward comfort, or with a firmer setup biased toward handling and performance. A six-speed manual is standard for those who love to row through the gears themselves, and automatic transmission options are there for those who’d like the car to do the shifting for them.

Numerous trim levels, and many options and equipment packages means that if you love the idea of personalization, the Dodge Dart may be for you.

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