Friday, May 1, 2015


The 2015 Dodge Dart's touchscreen includes Android cellsmartphone similarity for Bluetooth phones and spilling music, and USB network to play music from the gadget. The CD player is no more standard on all models and is currently a stand-alone alternative accessible on specific trims. At long last, the 2.4-liter motor is presently accessible with Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle determinations in the 14 California Air Resources Board states. With its attractive sheet metal and open lodge, the 2015 Dodge Dart makes a solid early introduction. Be that as it may, become acquainted with the vehicle and it gets to be clear it misses the mark regarding its adversaries in major ranges. Whether this gorgeous Dodge is the auto for you will rely on upon where your needs lie. 

From various perspectives, the Dart is a remunerating sidekick. Its sheet metal is sufficiently striking to stop people in their tracks, and its lodge is both pleasing and appealing. The accessible "Uconnect" touchscreen infotainment interface looks smooth and cutting edge, and stands out with its easy to understand plan and far reaching usefulness. Non-GT trims of the Dart gloat noteworthy taking care of, and the car's security scores are reproach. However, the Dart lacks an overall refinement that its main rivals possess and stumbles in areas that are of importance to many buyers in this segment. First of all, its powertrain lineup misses the mark. The base engine is slow and unremarkable. You get good fuel economy with the Aero trim's turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, but its unrefined automated manual transmission makes smooth driving difficult. Meanwhile, the 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that's standard on most trims provides satisfying acceleration, but fuel economy is middling. Another weakness concerns seat comfort, as the Dart's front seats are marred by placement and contours that will likely make them an unpleasant fit for many passengers.

Given all this, it makes sense to seriously consider the Dart's competition. The 2015 Mazda 3 is very impressive, with engaging handling, exceptional fuel economy and a refined interior. The 2015 Ford Focus and Honda Civic are also worth a look, as both cars ride quite well and feature attractive cabins. Like the Dart, the 2015 Kia Forte boasts head-turning sheet metal and an intuitive touchscreen infotainment interface, but it doesn't suffer from the Dart's drawbacks. What's more, the 3, Focus, Civic and Forte all offer base engines that outpace the Dart's both in performance and mpg. Each also received , while the Dart got an overall "C" rating. So while the Dart might be an appealing choice for a driver keenly focused on style and performance, we think most small sedan shoppers will be happier with one of the aforementioned options.The Dart GT includes the SXT's equipment, along with the Technology Group, Cold Weather Group and the Aero's aerodynamic enhancements. It also gets 18-inch wheels, foglamps, dual exhaust tips, keyless ignition and entry, an even sportier suspension calibration than you get with the Rallye package, different exterior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a soft-touch instrument panel and ambient interior lighting. A version of the Sun/Sound Group with just the sunroof and Alpine audio system is optional on the GT.

The Dart Limited has all the GT's equipment (minus the exhaust tips) but reverts to 17-inch wheels and the Rallye package's suspension tune. It also comes with remote ignition, a sunroof, a navigation system (optional on all other trims but the SE), real-time traffic, perforated leather upholstery and chrome exterior trim. The Alpine stereo is a stand-alone option.

Both the Limited and GT can be equipped with the Technology Group, which adds xenon headlights, automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, a blind-spot warning system and a rear cross-traffic alert system.

All trims are available with a Mopar Interior package that adds a cargo net, all-weather floor mats, a cargo tray and unique door sill guards. Available Mopar Exterior packages add special body cladding.
Powertrains and Performance
Three engines are available for the 2015 Dodge Dart. The base SE model comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 160 hp and 148 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional. In Edmunds performance testing, a manual-equipped Dart with this engine accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.9 seconds, a slow time for a compact sedan in this price range. An automatic-equipped car would be even slower. The EPA rates the manual version at 29 mpg combined (25 city/36 highway) while the automatic rates 27 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway).

Standard on the Aero is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automated manual is optional. In Edmunds testing, a Dart with the turbo engine and manual transmission hit 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which is average for the segment. The automated manual transmission added only 0.2 second to that time. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 32 combined (28/41) with the conventional manual and 32 combined (28/40) with the automated manual.

Standard on the SXT, GT and Limited is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the SXT and GT, while a six-speed automatic transmission is optional on these trims and standard on the Limited. During Edmunds testing, a Dart GT with the automatic also did the 0-60 sprint in 8.4 seconds. EPA estimates for the SXT and Limited are underwhelming for the small car segment, however, at 27 mpg combined (23 city/35 highway) with the automatic; the manual is the same apart from having a 22 mpg city rating. Ratings for the Dart GT are 27 combined (23/33) for the manual and 26 combined (22/31) for the automatic.Each 2015 Dodge Dart comes standard with antilock circle brakes, footing and strength control, front and back side airbags, side drape airbags and front knee airbags. A rearview cam is accessible on most trims. The discretionary Technology bundle on the GT and Limited incorporates back stopping sensors, blind side cautioning and back cross-movement caution. 
In government accident testing, the Dart earned the most noteworthy conceivable rating of five stars for general accident assurance, with five stars for aggregate frontal-sway security and five stars for aggregate side-sway insurance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recompensed the Dart a top score of "Good" in the moderate-cover frontal-counterbalance, side-effect and rooftop quality tests. In the little cover frontal-balance effect test, the Dart earned a "Satisfactory" rating (second most elevated on a size of four). Its seat and head restriction configuration was evaluated "Great" for whiplash security in back effects. 

Dart Limited ground to a halt from 60 mph in 118 feet, putting it among the best in the portion. A Dart GT performed the same deed in an amazingly short 116 feet. A Dart Aero furnished with low-moving resistance tires, notwithstanding, took 134 feet, which is 10 feet longer than normal. 

The Dodge Dart makes a pleasant early introduction, with cushioned surfaces, dash sewing and accessible flares of vivid trim. Develop quality isn't precisely to that of the section pioneers, however. We very prescribe springing for the accessible 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment interface, which you can get with or without a route framework. It highlights direct menus, huge on-screen catches and a going with handle that makes whipping through iPod menus a breeze. Transforming times are speedy, as well, and on the off chance that you have to enter a destination progressing, the voice control lives up to expectations shockingly well. In Darts without this interface, the standard stereo head unit awkwardly connects to the same spot, fortifying the idea that you passed up a major opportunity for something better. 
There's great space for inhabitants in advance, yet the Dart's front seats are strangely formed and feel as though they're mounted too high. Subsequently, more legged drivers may discover they can't bring down the seat-base pad enough for ideal solace. Also, the directing wheel has a constrained scope of tilt alteration, so you may discover you can't position that sufficiently low either. 

Then, the rearward sitting arrangement offers a lot of legroom for grown-ups, however 6-footers may run short on headroom. Trunk capacity is 13.1 cubic feet, an average number in this class. Although the trunk holds a decent amount of gear, the hinges on its lid are unusually weak, making it all too easy to close the trunk accidentally when loading bulky or heavy items.

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