Dodge Repackages the 2016 Dart in Search of More Sales

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The 2016 Dodge Dart lineup has been simplified with the entry-level model priced from $18,990 including destination.

The compact Dart isn’t long for this world as Chrysler has confirmed it will no longer be produced in the near future. For now, the American automaker has decided to offer it in three different flavors for the remainder of the 2016 year: Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo and Dart GT Sport.

The standard 2016 Dodge Dart SXT Sport is $1,400 less than the current SXT model and features a 2.0-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine under the hood with 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, paired to a standard six-speed manual transmission or available Powertech six-speed automatic.

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The 2016 Dodge Dart Turbo will start from $20,490 and is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The powerplant generates 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque and Dodge says it is “the vehicle for consumers who are passionate about the driving experience and are proud to ‘save the manuals.'”

Topping the range is the 2016 Dodge Dart GT Sport, starting from $21,990 which is $1,100 less than the Dart GT it replaces. Powering the GT Sport model is a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine with 184 hp paired to a standard six-speed manual transmission with a Powertech six-speed automatic available as an option. The model comes standard with sport appearance hood, performance gear ratios, unique engine calibration, Keyless Enter ’n Go with push-button start, 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels, integrated dual exhaust with bright tips, black fascia with Hyper Black grille, dark-tinted automatic headlamps, projector fog lamps, power heated exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps and supplemental signals, 10-way power driver seat, Uconnect 8.4 AM/FM/MP3 radio with 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 7-inch full-color reconfigurable digital gauge cluster display, ParkView rear backup camera, dual-zone automatic temperature control, tire-pressure monitoring display and SiriusXM Radio.

“We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The simplification of Dart models, coupled with the availability of popular Rallye, Blacktop and Chrome appearance packages across more of the line-up, makes it easier for dealers to order and stock vehicles that customers are looking for.”

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  • FlyOhMy

    garbage

  • hp79

    I have a $24000 Mini hardtop 2015 with almost barebones, but this Dart sounds exciting for the price.

    May I ask why it’s garbage? I don’t like Dodge as a brand myself, but believe each car deserves a chance.

  • V8Supercar1

    The Dodge Dart is a good car, when this car debuted in 2013 it had more options than any car in its class. Some cars in this class didn’t even offer navigation.

  • Allan Birmantas

    I test drove one when they first came out. It was a great drive.

  • Skye

    nice value, looks like the Tesla 3 at half the price and unlimited range

  • Jack Woodburn

    Other than being a Dodge and owned by the Fiat, why specifically is this junk…other than obvious serious depreciation issues with a vehicle destined for the automotive ash heap of history?

  • Jack Woodburn

    Styling isn’t bad for this segment. I personally don’t like the all black interior. And if history is any teacher, fit and finish with inevitable squeaks and rattles from Chrysler, this car will depreciate rapidly….

  • Unlimited? Is there a nuclear reactor option I’m not aware of?

  • Paul

    It seems like a nice little car. Too bad it isn’t doing better.

  • FlyOhMy

    the engine is unrefined, it doesnt get good fuel economy, the transmission sucks and the interior is low rent. just to name a few. it’s just not competitive with other entries such as the civic or mazda3.