Carries over unchanged, but gains a simplified lineup

Introduced in 2012, the modern-day Dart revived the iconic nameplate Dodge used between 1960 and 1976 for a range of vehicles offered in two-door, four-door, and wagon configurations. At first a full-size car, the Dart was redesigned into a compact in 1963 and remained in that segment until it was discontinued in 1976. In 2012, the Dart returned as a compact sedan built on a slightly enlarged Fiat Compact platform dubbed Compact U.S. Wide. Designed as a fuel-efficient proposition for the compact market, the Dart wasn’t exactly popular among U.S. customers, selling less than 90,000 units a year between 2013 and 2015.

Recently, FCA announced that the Dart will be discontinued soon due to the company’s decision to redirect its resources toward building crossover vehicles. In March 2016, FCA seemed to reconsider its radical resolution and began to look for a partner that would continue to manufacture the Dart. While the fate of the compact sedan has yet to be decided officially, Dodge is simplifying the Dart lineup for the reminder of the 2016 model year. Previously available in five trims, the Dart has been reduced to only three models. In short, Dodge is now offering a trim level for each drivetrain, which makes more sense given the nameplate’s sluggish sales.

But, fewer models doesn’t mean a poor offer. The Dart still benefits from several customization options, including the Chrome, Rallye, and Black packages, as well as the extra goodies that can be purchased via Mopar. Let’s have a closer look at the 2016 Dart and find out what the new lineup has to offer.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Dodge Dart.

  • 2016 Dodge Dart
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    160
  • Torque @ RPM:
    148
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • Price:
    17995
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Exterior

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Although most mainstream cars receive a facelift after three or four years on the market, the Dart carries over unchanged as far as styling goes. Basically, customers will get the same car that was introduced in 2012, but in different trim levels that feature certain exterior features specific to each badge.

Basically, customers will get the same car that was introduced in 2012, but in different trim levels that feature certain exterior features specific to each badge.

The new entry-level model, the SXT, which replaces the SE, comes with standard bi-function halogen headlamps, LED corner taillgihts, body-colored "crosshair" grille and surrounds, chrome headlamps bezels, and 16-inch aluminum wheels. Move up to the Turbo trim and you get the dual exhaust and the Rallye Appearance package, which includes black headlamp bezels, a black grille surround with black "crosshair," and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels.

Lastly, the range-topping GT Sport features all of the above, but receives bright tips for the exhaust pipes, black fascia with Hyper Black grille, and dark-tinted automatic headlamps and fog lamps.

All models can be ordered in one of eight exterior colors, including the already classic white, silver and black, as well as Dodge’s iconic TorRed and Go Mango.

Standard features aside, the Dart can be fitted with three appearance packages. First up is the Chrome Package, which provides a more upscale look by adding a chrome grille, chrome door handles and fog lamps, and 17-inch polished Silver aluminum wheels. Then there’s the Rallye package, which includes a black "crosshair grille" with black surround, fog lamps, LED taillights, and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels. The third bundle is the Blacktop package with black "crosshair grille" with black surround, foglamps with black spear and bezel, gloss-black mirror caps, LED taillights, and 18-inch Gloss Black, 10-spoke aluminum rollers.

Interior

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The same goes for the interior, where everything has been kept unchanged for the 2016 model year. All you need to know is what features you get with the three new trim levels.

The base SXT Sport model comes with standard air conditioning, Uconnect Bluetooth hands-free calling, SiriusXM satellite radio with one-year free subscription, electric power steering, black Sedoso cloth seats with mesh inserts, six-way manual adjustable driver and front passenger seat, driver seat height adjuster, front-seat active headrests, three rear-seat head restraints, sun visors with vanity mirrors, floor console with covered storage, Uconnect AM/FM/CD, four speakers, remote USB port, audio input jack for mobile devices, satin silver shift knob, two front cup holders, power windows with driver one-touch, solar control glass, and a standard instrument cluster with tachometer.

The Turbo trim comes with all of the above and adds the leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio control and new floor mats, both from the Rallye Package. Moving over to the GT Sport, it gets the features available with the Turbo plus Keyless Enter ’n Go with push-button start, power and heated exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps and supplemental signals, 10-way power driver seat, Uconnect radio with 8.4-inch touchscreen display, seven-inch full-color gauge cluster display, rear backup camera, dual-zone automatic temperature control, tire-pressure monitoring display, and SiriusXM Radio.

Drivetrain

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Just like previous model year Darts, the 2016 sedan is available with three engines. The units carry over unchanged, meaning you get to pick between the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Tigershark, the 1.4-liter turbo-four, and the larger 2.4-liter Tigershark.

The base Dart SXT Sport trim gets the all-motor 2.0-liter four-banger rated at 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque

Obviously, the base Dart SXT Sport trim gets the all-motor 2.0-liter four-banger. It is rated at 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque and mates to the standard six-speed manual transmission or the available six-speed automatic gearbox. According to Dodge, this engine returns up to 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Next in line is the Dart Turbo and its force-fed, 1.4-liter four-cylinder. Available only with the six-speed manual, the turbo-four cranks out 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of twist. EPA ratings for this unit are as high as 27 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

Finally, the range-topping Dart GT Sport uses the 2.4-liter, Tigershark, a four-pot that sends 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet to the wheels. It’s the most powerful engine you can get with the Dart but it’s also the least fuel efficient, being rated at 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. This engine can be had with either the manual or the automatic transmission, but the GT Sport also comes standard with performance gear ratios and unique engine calibration.

Further drivetrain customization is possible through the Rallye and Blacktop packages. The former adds a touring suspension and rear stabilizer bar, while the latter comes with a unique frequency-sensing sport suspension setup.

Safety

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Everything remains the same in the safety department, but that’s something customers shouldn’t complain about as the Dart comes with more than 60 safety and security features if we include the options. Highlights include 10 standard airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, all-speed traction control, ParkView rear backup camera, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, and ParkSense rear park assist with dynamic grid lines.

The Dart received a Five-Star Overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is a Top Safety Pick according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Prices

Pricing for the 2016 Dart starts from $17,995 for the SXT Sport trim. That’s a $1,400 reduction compared to the previous SXT model and a $1,000 premium over last year’s base SE trim. The Dart Turbo retails from $19,495, while the range-topping Dart GT Sport fetches $20,995 before options, a $1,100 decrease from the GT it replaces.

Model Price
2016 Dodge Dart SXT Sport $17,995
2016 Dodge Dart Turbo $19,495
2016 Dodge Dart GT Sport $20,995

Competition

Toyota Corolla

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One of the best-selling compacts in the U.S., the Corolla is famous for its good value and rock-solid reliability. The redesign it received in 2013 also made it more appealing styling-wise and placed it on the sportier side of the market. On the other hand, the Corolla falls behind the Dart when it comes to cabin noise isolation, interior quality, and engine variety. Unlike Dodge, Toyota offers just two 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines. Buyers can choose between a dual VVT-i with 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque and a Valvematic with 140 horses and 126 pound-feet. The former mates to a six-speed manual, four-speed auto or CVTi-S, while the latter gets the same minus the four-speed. Pricing for the Corolla starts from $17,300.

Read more about the Toyota Corolla here.

Mazda3

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When it comes to sleek-looking compact sedans, the Mazda3 is hard to beat. Dynamic, comfortable, and good-looking at the same time, the Mazda3 has been gathering positive reviews ever since the third-generation hit showrooms for the 2014 model year. It’s one of the very few compacts that drives as well as it looks and fuel economy isn’t bad either with EPA ratings of up to 41 mpg on the highway. Under the hood, the Japanese sedan gets two engines that put it on par with the Dart. The base model uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet, while the more expensive trims are motivated by a 2.5-liter four-banger that cranks out 184 horses and 185 pound-feet. Pricing starts from $17,845, but the range-topping model fetches well in excess of $25,000.

Find out more about the Mazda3 here.

Conclusion

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Given that nothing has changed except for the trim levels and a moderate reduction in price compared to their respective counterparts from 2015, there’s nothing much to say about the 2016 model year Dart. It would have been nice for Dodge to offer an actual update after three years on the market, but this is probably a sign that the Dart won’t be around for too long. Be that as it may, Dodge’s smallest vehicle is nothing to sneeze at. The Dart is sportier than many of its rivals thanks to its responsive steering, handling, and cabin space among the best in this segment. The three available packages also make it one of the most customizable compacts on the market, which makes up for the lack of more upscale features. The optional touchsceen interface is a good as they get despite being a few years old. There are a few downsides such as the poor rear visibility and the sluggish base engine, but overall the Dart is still a solid compact.

  • Leave it
    • * Nothing new for 2016
    • * Sluggish 2.0-liter drivetrain
    • * Likely to get axed at the end of 2016

Press Release

Dodge is simplifying the 2016 Dart model lineup with three new models packed with the features small-car customers want at a value every consumer will appreciate. The Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo and Dart GT Sport will comprise the Dodge Dart lineup for the remainder of the 2016 calendar year. Available Chrome, Rallye and Blacktop appearance packages give drivers the option to have an exterior style that will stand out from the crowd in the small-car segment.

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“We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The simplification of Dart models, coupled with the availability of popular Rallye, Blacktop and Chrome appearance packages across more of the line-up, makes it easier for dealers to order and stock vehicles that customers are looking for.”

Dealers can begin ordering for the repositioned 2016 Dodge Dart this month.

Simplified Dart Lineup continues to deliver small car pricing with mid-size interior space; comfort and unique Dodge design
The 2016 Dodge Dart continues to deliver a distinctive appearance with an athletic, stylish exterior design; a modern, sleek interior design that’s well-crafted with high-quality materials and attention to detail; class-leading safety and security features, including 10 standard air bags; easy-to-use technology including hands-free calling and dynamics engineered for the driver who loves to drive.

The Dart is loaded with more than 60 available safety and security features, which give both drivers and passengers peace of mind. Constructed of 68 percent high-strength steel, among the highest in the industry, the Dodge Dart’s key available safety and security features include 10 standard air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard on every model, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, all-speed traction control, ParkView rear backup camera, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, ParkSense rear park assist with dynamic grid lines, LATCH anchors, which allow a child seat to be placed in any of the three rear seat positions, and much more.

2016 Dodge Dart SXT Sport
The Dart SXT Sport has a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $17,995 (all prices exclude destination), which is $1,400 less than the current SXT model, and is powered by the 2.0L Tigershark MultiAir2 engine that produces 160 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or available Powertech six-speed automatic transmission, with an EPA fuel economy rating of up to 29 miles per gallon (mpg) highway. Standard equipment includes: 10 standard air bags, air conditioning, active grille shutters, Uconnect Bluetooth hands-free calling, SiriusXM satellite radio with one-year free subscription, electric power steering, electronic brake assist, electronic stability control, Hill-Start Assist (HSA) all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation, four-wheel anti-lock power disc brakes, black Sedoso cloth seats with mesh inserts, six-way manual adjust driver and front passenger seat, driver seat height adjuster, front-seat active headrests, three rear-seat head restraints, sun visors with vanity mirrors, floor console with covered storage, Uconnect AM/FM/CD, four speakers, remote USB port, audio input jack for mobile devices, satin silver shift knob, two front cup holders, power windows with driver one-touch, solar control glass, Sentry Key theft-deterrent system, standard instrument cluster with tachometer, dual-note electric horns, outside temperature display in odometer, front courtesy map lamps, headlamp off-time delay, bi-function halogen projector head lamp, LED corner tail lamp, body-color crosshair grille with body-color surround, chrome headlamp bezels, tilt and telescopic steering column, and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

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2016 Dodge Dart Turbo
With a starting U.S. MSRP of $19,495, the new Dodge Dart Turbo model is the vehicle for consumers who are passionate about the driving experience and are proud to “save the manuals.” Powered by the 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the Dart Turbo model delivers 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, offers an enthusiastic driving experience and exceptional fuel economy with an EPA highway rating of 41 mpg. Standard equipment includes a sport appearance hood, integrated dual exhaust and Rallye Appearance, which includes black headlamp bezels, a black grille surround with black crosshair and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels.

2016 Dodge Dart GT Sport
The Dart GT Sport model sports a new, lower starting U.S. MSRP of $20,995, a price decrease of $1,100 from the Dart GT it replaces. Powered by the 2.4-liter, 184-horsepower Tigershark four-cylinder engine mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission or optional Powertech six-speed automatic transmission, the Dart GT model has EPA fuel economy ratings of up to 27 mpg highway. Standard equipment includes the sport appearance hood, performance gear ratios, unique engine calibration, Keyless Enter ’n Go with push-button start, 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels, integrated dual exhaust with bright tips, black fascia with Hyper Black grille, dark-tinted automatic headlamps, projector fog lamps, power heated exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps and supplemental signals, 10-way power driver seat, Uconnect 8.4 AM/FM/MP3 radio with 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 7-inch full-color reconfigurable digital gauge cluster display, ParkView rear backup camera, dual-zone automatic temperature control, tire-pressure monitoring display and SiriusXM Radio.

Customization from the factory
Drivers who want a vehicle that doesn’t look like every other small car on the road can choose from three packages that offer a style from stealth to sophisticated.

Chrome package: available on the Dart SXT Sport model, the Chrome package offers an upscale look at an affordable price. The package includes a unique bright grille, bright automatic headlamps, bright door handles, fog lamps and 17-inch polished Silver aluminum wheels
Rallye package: available on the Dart SXT Sport model, the Rallye package includes a black crosshair grille with black surround, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, touring suspension, rear stabilizer bar, LED racetrack tail lamps, floor mats and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels
Blacktop package: available on the Dart SXT Sport model, the Blacktop package includes black crosshair grille with black surround, fog lamps with black fog lamp spear and bezel, gloss black exterior mirrors, unique frequency-sensing sport suspension, rear stabilizer bar, LED Racetrack tail lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, floor mats and 18-inch Gloss Black 10-spoke aluminum wheels

Positioned at the heart of the compact car market, the new 2016 Dart models offer something for every consumer looking for a small car, from stylish transportation they are proud to drive, to the driver who loves the art of driving, to the person who wants a unique style that stands out in the compact car segment, the 2016 Dart has a model to fit the bill.

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The 2016 Dodge Dart is available in the following colors: TorRed Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, Redline 2 Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Pitch Black Clear Coat and Go Mango Pearl Coat.

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