1. Sloppy shift throws, bad clutch feel
The Dart GT is available with a six-speed manual transmission, an option that usually caters to the enthusiast crowd. Our last Dart GT tester used a six-speed automatic that was applauded for its quick-shifting mannerisms (read that review here), hinting that maybe Dodge did its homework when it comes to delivering a fun to drive compact. In a surprising twist, the manual unit had us sighing in disappointment, as it just isn’t exciting.
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Throws are long and vague while the clutch provides very little feedback and engages quite high in the pedal travel. It makes for a frustrating experience and isn’t at all becoming of a car billed as fun-to-drive. For comparison, the manual shifters in a number of other compacts like the Subaru Impreza and Mazda3 are far more involving and rewarding to use. So if you’re looking for a fun-to-drive compact with excellent engagement, the Dart just won’t do.