Dodge Repackages the 2016 Dart in Search of More Sales

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Jack Woodburn Jack Woodburn on Apr 12, 2016

    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....

  • Paul Paul on Apr 13, 2016

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