2013-2015 Dodge Dart: Comparisons to Vintage Darts and New Competitors

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Dodge Dart is the heaviest in this list, though Cruze and Elantra come close. Dart and Focus have the most powerful base engines. The 2013 Dodge Dart had three engines to choose from, going up to 184 hp, and any one of them can be ordered with the manual transmission. The 2014 Dodge Dart keps the same engines, but lost the choices: each is tied to particular models.

2013 Dart

In the United States, “midsize” cars are defined as those with 110 cubic feet or more of total volume. Dart figures are preliminary. All cars except Dart are 2012 models. These tables are for the 2013 model year but the 2015s were similar other than the addition of Dart GT and a re-arrangement of which trimlines got which engines.

 Dodge Dart Toyota CorollaToyota
Camry
Chevy CruzeFord FocusHonda CivicNissan SentraHyundai ElantraMazda3VW
Jetta
Base MSRP:$15,995 $15,900$22,055$16,720$16,500$15,805$16,060$16,445$15,200$15,365
Weight:3173 27343,1903082290726082975304628662804
Interior space (summarized)
Passenger Volume97.2 92.1102.794.690.794.697.495.694.194.1
Trunk13.1 12.315.415.413.212.513.114.811.815.5
Total110.3 104.4118.1110.0103.9107.1110.5110.4105.9109.6
Engines (single figures for ease of comparison): Dart SE vs...
Horsepower:160 132178138160140140148148115
Hp per pound.050 .048.056.045.055.054.047.049.052.041
Torque:147 128170123146128147131135125
Engines (single figures for ease of comparison): Dart SXT and Limited vs....
Horsepower:184 132178138160140140148148115
Hp per pound.058 .048.056.045.055.054.047.049.052.041
Torque:171 128170123146128147131135125
Front interior space
Headroom:38.6 38.838.839.338.339.040.640.038.938.2
Legroom:42.2 41.741.642.341.942.042.443.642.041.2
Shoulder:58.2 54.858.054.855.656.656.955.954.955.2
Hiproom:54.8 53.054.553.053.950.554.153.553.7n/a
 Dodge Dart Toyota CorollaToyota
Camry
Chevy CruzeFord FocusHonda CivicNissan SentraHyundai ElantraMazda3VW
Jetta
Rear passenger space
Headroom:37.0 37.238.137.938.037.137.337.137.537.1
Legroom:35.3 36.338.935.433.236.234.533.136.238.1
Shoulder:56.1 54.756.653.953.753.355.154.854.053.6
Hiproom:52.6 43.954.552.452.751.453.052.752.2n/a
Detailed engine power
HP@rpm160@6300 132@6000178@6000138@6300160@6500140@6500140@5100148@6500148@6500115@5200
Torque@rpm147@4600 128@4400170@4100123@3800146@4450128@4300147@4800131@4700135@4500125@4000
Gas mileage25/36
xx/36
 27/3425/3525/3626/3628/3624/31 29/??*
* Falsely reported
25/3324/34
Opt. mpg1.4: 27/39 stick
1.4: 27/37 auto
2.4: 25/36 stick
2.4: xx/35 auto
GT: 23/33 stick
GT: 23/33 auto
 /21/30/38/36/31/ /??/29/33
Most mpg 28 / 41 /25/35/42/40/41  /??/40 
Exterior dimensions
Wheelbase:106.4 102.4109.3105.7104.3105.1105.7106.3103.9104.4
Length:183.9 180.0189.2181.0178.5175.5179.8178.3180.9182.2
Width:72.0 69.471.770.771.869.070.569.969.170.0
Height:57.7 57.757.958.157.756.559.556.557.957.2
Drag0.285 0.290.2800.2980.2950.360.350.330.310.31

2013 Dodge Dart vs 1975-76 Dodge Dart and 2012 Chrysler 200

1970s dart vs 2013 dart

The 2013 Dart, while 19 inches shorter than the 1975 model, manages to have more legroom, front and rear. Contributing to this are the new Dart’s smaller engine bay (no need to fit a 360 V8), smaller trunk, and thinner seats.

2013 Dodge Dart  1975 Dodge Dart   2012 Chrysler 200
Headroom, front38.637.640.1
... rear37.036.738.4
Legroom, front42.241.542.4
... rear35.331.936.2
Shoulder room, front58.256.356.3
... rear56.156.056.0
Base weight (pounds)3,173 3,140 3,389
Base price, 2012 dollars$16,000$13,746 *$18,995
Length183.9203.2191.7
Width72.069.672.5
EPA gas mileage
base engine/car
25/36 (stick)
24/34 (auto)
17/23 21/30
EPA gas mileage
next engine

xx/36 (stick 2.4)
xx/35 (auto 2.4)
28/41 (stick Aero)
28/40 (auto Aero)

13/20 (auto)
318
old rating method
19/29
V6
EPA gas mileage
top engine
21/30 (GT auto)
23/33 (GT manual)
12/16 (360 auto)
old method
19/29 V6
Trunk volume13.116.613.6

Some standard features in the new Dart that were not available at any cost in the vintage Dodge Dart: CD player, auxiliary port, airbags, rear shoulder belts, steering-wheel audio controls, LED tail lamps, projector headlamps, halogen headlamps, remote entry, electronic stability control, four wheel disc brakes, antilock brakes, six speed transmission (instead of three speed), side window de-misters, cup holders, change tray, seat belt pre-tensioners.

Some standard features in the new Dart that were optional in the original: stereo, air conditioner, interval wipers, bucket seats, radials, power windows, mirrors, and locks, cloth seats, vanity mirror, remote hood release.

six speed automatic

Standard features in the original that are not standard in the new Dart: ashtray.

Standard features on Dart that are not available on a $62,000 Mercedes: 7-inch configurable dashboard display, 8.4 inch touch screen stereo, heated steering wheel, ten airbags (thanks, PhantomSpazz).

 2.0 Four1.4 Turbo Four2.4 (GT)2.4 (Std)2.4 Four, Mopar
Used on (2014)SEAeroGTSXT, LimitedOpt. computer/exhaust
SourceChryslerFiatChryslerChryslerChrysler
NameTigerSharkFIRE EngineTigerSharkTigerSharkTigerShark
Horsepower160 hp @ 6,300160 hp @ 5,500184 hp184 hp201 hp
Lb-ft torque147 @ 4,600184 @ 2,550-4,000171 @ 4,800171 @ 4,800170 lb-ft
kW / Nm119 kW, 200 Nm119 kW, 250 Nm138 kW, 200 Nm138 kW, 200 Nm 
Valve techDVVTMultiAirMultiAirMultiAirMultiAir
Bore x Stroke88 x 82 mm72 x 84 mm88 x 97 mm88 x 97 mm88 x 97 mm
Compression 9.8:110.110.110.1
Redline  6,5006,500 
EPA mpg, stick25/3627/4123/33xx/36 
EPA mpg, auto24/3427/3721/30xx/35 
0-60, manual     
0-60, auto     
Oil0W205W40 synthetic
8,000 mile changes
   
Cost$15,995 (car)$20,090 (car)Std on GTStd on Othersunknown

Dodge sold 164,434 1975 Dodge Darts in the United States, including its version of the Duster (figures here are for the four door sedan). Plymouth sold 268,025 similar Valiants, Dusters, and Scamps. This was in their last full year.

New 2013 Dodge Dart vs Chrysler 200 and Plymouth-Dodge Neon

2013 Dart2012 C. 2002004 Neon1995 Neon
Headroom (front/rear)38.6 / 37.0*40.1 / 38.4 38.4 / 36.739.6 / 36.5
Legroom (front/rear)42.2 / 35.342.4 / 36.242.2 / 34.842.5 / 33.9
Hip room (front/rear)54.8 / 52.652.6 / 52.852.4 / 52.950.8 / 50.6
Shoulder room (front/rear)58.2 / 56.156.3 / 56.053.4 / 52.852.5 / 52.3
Weight (pounds)3,173+3,389+2,581 +2,400+
Drag coefficient 0.3310.342 - 0.350.34
EPA front/rear volume54.8 / 42.454.3 / 46.090.3 total 
SAE luggage volume13.1 cu ft13.6 cu ft13.1 cu ft13 cu ft?

* 37.4 / 35.4 with sunroof     
** Trunk volume listed as 16.6 cubic feet; it was irregularly sized and this does not appear to have been an SAE measurement (we suspect it’s “optimistic.”)

New Dart Colors (12 of the 14) and More Dart Specifications

Redline Red Pearl Coat, Header Orange Pearl Coat, Blue Streak Pearl Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, Winter Chill Pearl Coat, Laguna Blue Clear Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Tungsten Metallic Clear Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Citrus Peel Pearl Coat, Pitch Black Clear Coat and Bright White Clear Coat.

Wheelbase 106.4 (2.70 m)   Weight, with 2.0 engine 3,173 lb (1,439 kg)
Length 183.9 (4.67 m) Weight, 1.4 engine 3,211 lb (1,455 kg)
Width 72.0 (1.83 m) Weight, 2.4 engine 3,297 (1,495 kg)
Height 57.7 (1.47 m) Seating 2 front, 3 rear
Track Up to 61.7 (1.57 m) EPA interior volume 97.2 cubic feet

Dodge Dart main page

Dodge compared the Dart Limited, at $19,995, favorably against the base Camry L, at $21,995. Dart had the reconfigurable cluster display, large touch-screen stereo, heated outside mirrors with turn signals, and ten-way power seats, which the Camry did not. They also pointed out that, unlike the $62,140 Mercedes C63 AMG, the Dart had the reconfigurable display, large touch screen, heated steering, and ten airbags. (They also noted that the $37,000 Volvo C30 had six airbags.) This table is from Chrysler:

 Dart SXTCruze 1LTJetta SECorolla LEFocus SE
Starting price$17,995$18,555$18,725$17,910$17,500
Engine2.01.42.5 I-51.82.0
Power160 / 148138 / 148170/177134/128160/146
Passenger Volume97.294.594.192.090.8
Wheels (aluminum)17”16”16” SteelOpt, $860Opt, $895
Airbags1010666
Std. 4-wheel disc brakesYesNoNoNoNo
Speakers66464

They saw the $18,995 Rallye as comparable to $19,745 Cruze 1LT with RS and $20,528 Focus SE with Sport Package and 17” alloy wheels.

 Dart LimitedCruze 2LTElantra LimitedCivic EX-LFocus SEL
 $21,095$21,870$23,295$24,727$25,295
Base engine horsepower/torque160 / 148138 / 148148/131140/128160/146
Passenger Volume97.294.595.694.690.7
Wheels17”17”17”16”16”
Airbags1010666
Reconfigurable dashboard7”NoNo4”No
Touch-screen stereo8.4”7” Opt
+$995
7” Opt
$2,350
8”8”
Rear cameraStandardNoPackageNo$695
Fog lampsStandard$229Standard$325Standard
Leather$995StandardStandardStandardOptional
Dual auto temp controlPackageNoPackageNoStandard
Heated seats (Dart has
heated wheel, others do not)
PackageStandardStandardStandard$470
Nav$495OptPackageStandard$795
  • The 8.4 inch touch-screen with backup camera is $595 on Dart, $1,500 - $4,400 on competitors.
  • Navigation and travel are $495 on Dart, $795-$2300 on competitors (some in packages).
  • 10-speaker premium stereo is $495 on Dart, $995 and up on competitors.

1975 Dodge Dart Sport vs 1975 Chevrolet and Ford...

Dodge Dart vs the competition

2012 figures (2013 Dart)Dodge DartDodge AvengerDodge ChargerDodge Challenger
Base MSRP:$15,995$18,995$25,495$24,995
Weight:3,1733,3554,0653,720
Engines (single figures for ease of comparison)
Horsepower:160172292305
Torque:147166260268
Gas mileage25/3621/3021/3118/27 (5 spd)
Opt. hp. (Dart 1.4, Avenger V6, C/C V8)160283370372 - 376
Optional engine torque:184260395400-410
Optional engine mpg27/3919/2916/2516/25 (auto)
Interior space (summarized)
EPA Passenger Volume97.2100.9120.2107.7
Trunk13.113.41616.2
Total110.3114.3136.2123.9
Front interior space
Headroom:38.640.038.639.3
Legroom:42.242.441.842.0
Shoulder:58.256.459.558.2
Hiproom:54.853.256.254.6
Rear passenger spaceDodge DartAvengerChargerChallenger
Headroom:37.038.336.737.4
Legroom:35.336.540.132.6
Shoulder:56.156.357.953.9
Hiproom:52.653.256.148.6
Exterior dimensions
Wheelbase:106.4108.9120.2116
Length:183.9190.9199.9197.7
Width:72.071.87575.7
Height:57.758.958.757.1
Performance
Drag0.285??.348 - .372
0-60, base engine (Dart, 2.0)10.x (man)<10.4 (man)6.6 (8spd) 
0-60, optional engine (Dart (1.4)9.3 (man)6.5not avail 

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