By Patrick Rall
Since announcing that the 2013 Dodge Dart would come with a
starting price of $15,995 at the car’s debut in Detroit, Dodge has been
pretty quiet about full pricing or standard features across the trimline range. Well, until now.
The 2013 Dodge Dart will come in SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited
and R/T trimlines with the first four arriving this summer and the Road and
Track trimline arriving in the third quarter of 2012. As expected, the Dart SE is the least
expensive of the lineup with starting price of $15,995 while the Dart SXT will
set you back $17,995. The sporty Dart
Rallye carries an MSRP of $18,995 followed by the Dart Limited at $19,995 and
the highline Dodge Dart R/T will cost $22,495 when it arrives this fall.
These prices put the new Dodge Dart right in with other
similar vehicles in the C segment sedan class but what exactly are you getting
for the money? Chrysler hasn’t offered
full details but the pricing announcement did include some of the standard features
for the five trimlines with full information coming closer to the dealership
debut of the new model.
The 2013 Dodge Dart SE is powered by 2.0L Tigershark
4-cylinder engine, offering 160 horsepower and 148lb-ft of torque with a
6-speed manual transmission sending power to the front wheels. Standard features for the entry level Dart
include 10 air bags, four wheel disc brakes, projection headlights, power
windows, unique denim style cloth seats with 6 way controls, a basic
AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system and a 5-year, 100,000 mile drivetrain warranty.
The 2013 Dodge Dart SXT takes all of the standard features
of the SE trimline and adds 17 inch aluminum wheels, power mirrors and door
locks, remote keyless entry, an upgraded sound system with six speakers, an
alarm system, and an air conditioning system featuring cabin air
filtration. Also, unlike the SE package,
those who opt for the Dart SXT can upgrade to the massive 8.4″ touch screen
infotainment system that controls the majority of the vehicles interior
functions as well as being able to add on a sunroof, a backup camera and a 506w
speaker system for an additional charge.
The 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye starts with the standard features
of both the Dart SE and SXT but adds a unique exterior look with black accents
in the grille and headlight bezels, projection style foglights, dual exhaust
and optional Hyper Black wheels. Inside,
the Dart Rallye offers four unique color packages (Black with Light Diesel
Grey, Diesel with Light Diesel Grey, Black with Ruby Red or Diesel Grey with
Citrus Peel) and a leather wrapped steering wheel featuring controls for the
stereo and cruise control system. Dart
Rallye buyers can also stick with the standard 2.0L Tigershark or upgrade to
the 1.4L MultiAir engine from the Fiat 500 Abarth – packing 160 horsepower and
184lb-ft of torque.
The 2013 Dodge Dart Limited also includes the standard
features of the SE and SXT but the Limited package adds luxury items inside and
out. The Limited package begins by
adding chrome door handles and a unique grille on and outside with the interior
benefits from the 8.4″ touch screen infotainment center, the 7″ gauge cluster
and a 10 way power driver’s seat.
Finally, the 2013 Dodge Dart R/T takes the standard features
from the Dart Limited and adds gobs of goodies to allow it to fittingly serve
as the highline Dart package. Most
importantly, the Dart R/T is powered by the MultiAir 2.4L Tigershark engine –
packing 184 horsepower and 171lb-ft of torque.
The R/T package then adds an aggressive front fascia, a black grille,
black headlight bezels and dual exhaust on the outside while the inside
receives Nappa leather seats, a heated steering wheel and, of course, the
awesome 8.4″ infotainment screen and the 7″ customizable LED gauge cluster.