By Patrick Rall
The Chrysler Group has announced the official EPA fuel
economy figures for some versions of the 2013 Dodge Dart and with those models
arriving this summer, Dodge has a new compact sedan that offers some of the
best fuel economy figures in the class.
The 2013 Dodge Dart when powered by the 1.4L turbocharged MultiAir Fiat
engine and a 6-speed manual transmission offers an incredible 39 miles per
gallon on the highway. This figure makes
the new Dart more fuel efficient than the Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and the
Chevrolet Cruze with a manual transmission.
The 2013 Dodge Dart will hit showrooms this summer with the
SE, SXT, Rallye and Limited trimlines. Those four trimlines are all powered by
the standard 2.0L Tigershark engine which offers 160 horsepower and 148lb-ft of
torque. This engine offers 25mpg around
town, 36mpg on the highway and a combined average of 29 miles per gallon. These are good figures for the C segment
sedan class but those 2013 Dart buyers who want more power and better fuel
economy can opt for the 1.4L MultiAir turbo engine.
The 1.4L MultiAir engine is available in the 2013 Dodge Dart
SXT, Rallye and Limited with 160 horsepower and a class-leading 184lb-ft of
torque. More importantly, this diminutive
engine offers 27mpg in the city and 29mpg combined but the big news is that
this engine – when mated to the 6-speed manual transmission – yields 39 miles
per gallon. This is more efficient than
almost every C segment compact with a manual transmission shy of the Hyundai
Elantra. The good news is that Chrysler
has promised an Aero trimline in the 3rd quarter of 2012 that will
offer better than 41 miles per gallon.
That would make the 2013 Dodge Dart the most efficient
non-hybrid car in the class while also being the most powerful.