· Automated System
The Dart GT, with the 2.4 liter engine and manual transmission, has been rated at 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, 27 combined, by the EPA. The listing is now public (thanks, Jared Kindestin). That is one mile per gallon less than the 24/34 leaked to Allpar some time ago for the automatic-transmission version; it is possible that the manual transmission version has more aggressive gearing. The Dodge Dart’s base engine is a 2-liter Chrysler four-cylinder rated at 25/36 with stick and 24/34 with automatic; an optional 1.4 liter turbocharged Fiat engine boosts torque and gas mileage, hitting 28/41 on the Aero stick-shift, at the cost of no small measure of turbo lag. The 2.4 should be the most responsive, fastest choice, and comes only on the GT model, which also features a more sports-tuned suspension; presumably engineers tuned for performance above economy on this model.
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