The news has hit the internet that the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero
    offers better than 40 miles per gallon whether the sporty sedan is equipped
    with a manual or automatic transmission. 
    Few details are available right now but thanks to the US government
    website FuelEconomy.gov, we know what kind of mpg estimates will appear on the
    window sticker for the Dart Aero when it hits showrooms later this year.

    The 2013 Dodge Dart Aero with the 6-speed manual
    transmission is the more efficient of the two configurations with 28 miles per
    gallon in the city, 41mpg on the highway and a combined figure of 32mpg.  The automatic shifting Dodge Dart Aero is
    fitted with a new high tech dual clutch transmission that helps the Aero yield
    the same 28mpg on the highway and 32mpg combined but the auto Dart drops by
    1mpg to 40 on the highway.  This makes
    the Dart Aero more fuel efficient than the other Dart sedans powered by the
    1.4L Fiat turbo engine without compromising power so in addition to being among
    the most efficient compact sedans in the segment – the Dart Aero should also be
    the most engaging vehicle to drive in the class among the high efficiency models.

    You might be asking yourself…how well do the fuel economy
    figures of the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero compare to the other super-efficient
    (non-hybrid) models in the US market? 
    First of all, when we look at the top competitors including the Ford
    Focus SFE, the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, the Hyundai Elantra Blue and the Honda
    Civic HF; only the Chevy Cruze offers a manual transmission.  The Cruze offers the same 28mpg around town
    but offers 1mpg better on the highway and for the combined figure when equipped
    with a manual transmission.  Like the
    Dart Aero, the Cruze Eco is powered by a turbocharged 1.4L 4-cylinder engine
    but where the Cruze is slightly more efficient it offers just 138 horsepower
    and 148lb-ft of torque.  Compare that to
    the 160hp and 184lb-ft of torque offered by the Dart’s 1.4L turbo engine and
    that 1mpg difference is a bit easier to swallow for prospective buyers.  However, when you equip the Cruze Eco with
    the manual transmission, fuel economy measures drop to 26 in the city, 39 on
    the highway and 31 combined – making the Dart Aero with the dual clutch more
    efficient in every category.

    While the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero with the automatic
    transmission is more efficient than the automatic Chevy Cruze Eco, the Dart
    Aero will also compete with the Focus SFE, the Elantra Blue and the Civic
    HF.  The best of these models is the
    Hyundai Elantra Blue with 30mpg in the city, 40 on the highway and 34 combined
    but the Dart’s figures do allow it to stand right alongside the Ford Focus SFE –
    which is atop the class in terms of sales with the Chevy Cruze.

    The new super efficient 2013 Dodge Dart Aero will arrive
    late this year alongside the performance-minded Dart R/T, followed by the high
    performance Dart SRT4.

    Click here to head into the DodgeForum.com Dart section to discuss the sporty new compact sedan!