Dodge Dart Limited
- Bonus: $20,000 to $35,000
- Price: $19,995
- Gas mileage:
- City - 25 mpg
- Highway - 36 mpg
Dodge dug deep into its archives for the "Dart" moniker and introduced the nameplate to a whole new generation of drivers.
A bit of the excitement surrounding the all-new Dart stems from its Italian influences. Some of what's beneath the Dart's handsomely sculpted skin comes from the nimble Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Go is in the form of a 160-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission ushers engine output to the front wheels. Dodge offers a driver-shiftable six-speed automatic transmission as an option.
Shouting "performance," the interior is more cockpit than cabin. Roomy and comfortable, the interior reflects the Dart's sporty mission.
A turbocharged R/T trim is coming later in the year that will pack a more potent engine, along with other upscale features such as leather seating. In the meantime, the Limited is the Dart's top dog, with such features as heated outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, keyless entry, 10 air bags, rear backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system with CD player, touch-screen control and iPod integration.