2016 Dodge Dart Introduced, It’s $1,400 Cheaper than the 2015 Model Year

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As some Chrysler aficionados already know by now, the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart are to be discontinued by the end of 2017. That didn’t stop FCA to update the Dart compact sedan for the 2016 model year, slashing $1,400 off the price in the process.
“We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference,” commented Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands at FCA North America.

The 2016 Dodge Dart lineup has been simplified from five to three grades: SXT Sport ($17,995), Turbo ($19,495), and GT Sport ($20,995). The cheapest of the lot is brimming with standard equipment, including 10 airbags, air conditioning, active grille shutters, Uconnect infotainment with Bluetooth connectivity and Sirius XM satellite radio, ESC, hill-start assist, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and a body-color crosshair grille.

A 2.0-liter Tigershark engine with 160 HP and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque drives the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed automatic transmission is an optional extra worth considering.

For those who want more bang for the buck, the mid-range 2016 Dodge Dart Turbo is equipped with a 1.4-liter force-fed four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm). That’s a torquier mill than the 1.4 16-valve that motivates the Abarth 500. The EPA-rated fuel economy for this lump is 41 mpg highway (5.7 l/100 km). Regarding goodies, the highlights are a sport appearance hood, integrated dual exhaust, 17-inch aluminum wheels, black grille surround with black crosshair and black headlamp bezels.

Then there’s the 2016 Dodge Dart GT Sport, which is $1,100 less expensive than the 2015 Dodge Dart GT it replaces. This grade offers a 2.4-liter Tigershark under the hood, churning out 184 horsepower and returning up to 27 mpg highway (8.7 l/100 km). Gas is cheaper than ever, so why not?

Standard equipment for the range-topping Dart includes the sport appearance hood, Keyless Enter ’n Go with push-button start, black front fascia with a Hyper Black grille, dark-tinted automatic headlamps, power heated exterior mirrors, 10-way power driver seat, the Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen infotainment system, a 7-inch reconfigurable digital gauge cluster display, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and a rearview parking camera. As some may say, you get the whole nine yards.

Editor’s note: All prices presented in this story exclude the $995 destination fee.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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