2013 Dodge Dart

Rating7.0

Ranked #8 in Compact Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$15,995 - $19,995

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Key Spec of 2013 Dodge Dart
fuel economy

23/27/33

fuel type

Gasoline

horsepower

160 hp @ 6400 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2013 Dodge Dart Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2013 Dodge Dart is an all-new model and is a result of Fiat-Chrysler’s partnership, aimed at scooping some piece of the compact sedan market. The 2013 Dart shares several engineering elements from Fiat, like its unibody chassis that also underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback. And, to fit in the Dart’s sedan body style, Dodge has also stretched the wheelbase and length of the platform and now boasts a wider track and body as well. This dimensional expansion comes with some structural enhancements, as well, where 68% of the bodyshell is composed of high-strength steel. 


ProsConsWhat's New

Eye-catching exterior design

Heavy to steer

All-new model for 2013

Exclusive segment-first features

Prominent body roll

Large infotainment touchscreen

Not the most fuel-efficient sedan

Over All Rating

7.0

Out of 10

Pricing and Features7.00
Pricing and Feature9.00
Features6.00
Engine and Performance6.90
Fuel Economy6.90
Interior6.30
Exterior5.00
Safety9.20
Competition6.00
Notable Rankings

#8 in Compact Sedan

#13 in Sedan


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Trims

Aero$15,995 onwards

Rallye$17,995 onwards

SXT$17,995 onwards

  • 17-inch steel Wheels
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Remote keyless entry

Limited$19,995 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking assist

GT$19,995 onwards



Colors and Styles

2013 Dodge Dart in Abyss Blue Pearl color
Abyss Blue Pearl

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Rigidity apart, at a starting MSRP of $15,995, the Dodge Dart offers good value in the segment it lies in. The Dart is distinctively different with its visual proportions, and with a lower stance is also sportier-looking, has ample space on the inside alongside an efficient powertrain. The standard 6-speed manual gearbox is also sourced from Fiat, as is the optional 1.4-liter MultiAir engine that is found in the Abarth 500. It also comes packed with several safety features and tech equipment, with many segment-firsts as well, including cross-path collision and blind-spot monitoring system. However, with an infamous reliability index, choosing the Dart becomes a bit dicey. Especially, when seen in comparison with the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Mazda3 sedan.


Features
6.0/10

The 2013 Dodge Dart is offered in a total of five trim levels, with a combination of three different engines and three transmission options. Starting with the base Aero which gets an inline-4 engine that produces 160 hp, as part of its standard package. Other standard features in this trim include keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 4-speaker sound system, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. 

The Dart SE trim also gets the same features, but under its hood is a standard 160-hp 2.0-liter inline-4 engine. Moving up the trim level unlocks even more niceties with features like 17’ inch aluminum alloys, LED interior lighting, and an 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment screen. The top of the line R/T trim also gets a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine making 184 hp alongside sport-tuned suspension, 18’ inch alloy wheels, heated leather sports seats, and many more.

Trim

Aero

SE

SXT

Rallye

Limited

R/T

Key Features

$15,995

$15,995

$17,995

$18,995

$19,995

$22,495

 

1.4L Turbo Inline-4 Gas

2.0L Inline-4 Gas

Get the option of both 1.4L Turbo Inline and 2.0L Inline-4 gas engine

Gets the option of both 1.4L Turbo Inline and 2.0L Inline-4 gas engine

Gets the option of both 1.4L Turbo Inline and 2.0L Inline-4 gas engine

2.4L Inline-4 Gas

 

Keyless entry

The same set of features is available as the Aero trim

Adding on to the feature available with the SE trim

Adding on to the feature available with the SXT trim

Adding on to the feature available with the Rallye trim

Adding on to the features available with the Limited trim, plus

 

Height-adjustable driver seat

 

Premium cloth seats and door panels

Cloth seats with accent stripes

Upgraded interior cloth

Heated leather sport seats

 

4-speaker sound system

 

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

painted 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

 

Power windows

 

Six-speaker audio system

Cruise control

LED interior lighting

Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel

     

Split-folding rear seat.

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Power adjustable driver's seat

Sport suspension tuning

       

Fog Lamps

Active grille shutters

 

We Recommend

If you’re in need of something budget-friendly, then the Dodge Dart SXT with its premium features like cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, split-folding rear seats, comes across as a very logical and practical buy. It also gets the option of both the 1.4-liter MultiAir inline-4 engine as well as the ‘Tigershark’ 2.0-liter inline-4 engine - which are efficient engines as well. But if you’re searching for a budgeted performance Dodge, then the Dart R/T models should be right up your alley.

Engine and Performance
6.9/10

Truth be told, the sporty design of the 2013 Dart doesn’t go hand-in-hand, with its actual performance. The base 2-liter inline-4 engine with its 160-hp and 148 lb-ft of torque feels underpowered for a car that weighs 3,300 lbs. With this engine, the 2013 Dodge Dart takes almost 10 seconds to finish the 0-60 mph sprint. The 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine puts out the same 160 hp but with 184 lb-ft of torque feels a bit more exciting to drive.

Both the engines get the Fiat-sourced six-speed manual transmission, as part of its standard feature. But the 2.0-liter engine can also be had with a six-speed automatic transmission and the 1.4-liter with a dual-clutch transmission system. The top of the line 2.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that is available with the R/T model produces the most power at 184 hp and torque at 171 lb-ft of torque. The extra power does add in some extra vigor and character, and with a sport-tuned suspension, the ride quality in the R/T is also quite appealing.

Model

2013 Dodge Dart

2013 Honda Civic

2013 Toyota Corolla

2013 Mazda Mazda3

MSRP

$15,995

$18,165

$16,230

$17,495

Engine

2.0-liter Inline-4

1.8-liter Inline-4

1.8-liter Inline-4

2.0-liter Inline-4

Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Transmission

6-speed manual

5-speed automatic

4-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

160 @ 6400

140 @ 6500

132 @ 6000 

155 @ 6000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

148 @ 4600

128 @ 4300

128 @ 4400

148 @ 4100

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.9

9.1

10.1

8.8

Quarter mile (seconds)

17.3

16.9

17

16.8

Top speed (mph)

130

130

115

131

Despite the power advantage, the Dodge Dart is at a disadvantage with its heavier curb weight. The Honda Civic produces 20 less horsepower but it is marginally quicker than the Dodge. Thanks to Honda's efficient overall dynamics here. However, the winner here clearly has to be the Mazda Mazda3 sedan, which can finish the 0-60 mph sprint in 8.8 seconds. The Toyota Camry is the least powerful option that produces 132 hp and 128lb.-ft of torque and this is evident in its performance as the sedan takes 10.1 seconds to reach 60mph. 

Fuel Economy
6.9/10

The Dodge Dart is the most fuel-efficient sedan in Chrysler’s stable, but amongst its competition, it's not the best. With the base 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, the 2013 Dart SE returns 25/36/29 MPG in city/highway/combined situations, with the six-speed manual transmission. 

With the ‘MultiAir’ 1.4-liter engine, the efficiency rises to 27/39/32 MPG in city/highway/combined situations. The base Dart Aero model is the most fuel-efficient in the lot for its reduced weight because it replaces some steel parts for aluminum. This helps its fuel economy as high as 41 MPG on the highway.

Model

2013 Dodge Dart

2013 Honda Civic

2013 Toyota Corolla

2013 Mazda Mazda3

MPG (City)

25

28

26

28

MPG (Highway)

36

39

34

40

MPG (Combined)

29

32

29

33

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.8

13.2

13.2

14.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

395/569/458

370/515/422

343/449/382

406/580/478

The Dart can hold 15.8 gallons of fuel which helps it travel as long as 569 highway miles. Among the tight competition here though, the Mazda3 sedan surpasses the Dart with an even more efficient powertrain, that helps travel 580 miles, at a single stretch with a full tank at 14.5 gallons. Honda and Toyota have similarly-sized tanks, but the 2013 Civic averages higher efficiency of 32 MPG. 

Interior
6.3/10

Based on its interior volume, the Dodge Dart technically can be categorized into a mid-size sedan, but one with pricing similar to smaller cars. However, the Dart is the largest car in the compact sedan class. Both the front and rear seats are comfortable and the cabin is widest at 58.2 inches at the front and 56.2 inches at the rear. Front passengers have 0.2 inches of more legroom in the Dodge Dart than the Civic and Mazda which does bring in some extra comfort for occupants in longer journeys. The front seats are wide and comfortable with good bolstering and under-thigh support. While you do get cloth upholstery in most trim levels, the range-topping R/T brings in heated leather seats which add a significant premium touch to it. 

Even at the back, the Dodge Dart offers a pretty comfortable estate. Interestingly, the long sloping roof does eat into the rear headroom but by a few margins over its competitor. With the extension of the underbody, cargo space on the Dodge Dart has also increased at 13.1 cubic feet which is the most in its class. Otherwise, the interior surface is laden with soft-touch material, and matching colors and accents complement the cabin very well. Additional aesthetic features like LED interior lighting and cup holder illuminator, enhance the cabin's feel and presence. There are many useful storage pockets available throughout the cabin. Dart models equipped with the 1.4-liter engine get a sunroof as well, ‘denim’ interior fabric, and the latest Uconnect 8.4 system.

Model

2013 Dodge Dart

2013 Honda Civic

2013 Toyota Corolla

2013 Mazda Mazda3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6//58.2/42.2

39.0/56.6/42.0

38.8 /54.8/41.7

38.9/54.9/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.0/56.1 /35.2

37.1/53.3/36.2

37.2/54.7/36.3

37.5/54.0/36.2

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

13.1

12.5

12.3

11.8

Each sedan in the segment has a total seating capacity of 5 passengers. As mentioned before, the 2013 Dodge Dart gets the most cargo space in its class. The Honda Civic is the next spacious compact sedan, followed by the Corolla and Mazda3. The Dodge Dart is the widest vehicle in its segment, but the rear legroom is not the most spacious. Both Mazda3 and Honda Civic have an advantage over the Dart in this regard. Key interior features in the 2013 Dodge Dart include:

  • Nappa leather upholstery (First in its class, available with Limited, R/T trim)
  • Heated seats
  • Power adjustable driver's seat
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Split-folding rear seatback

How intuitive is the 2013 Dodge Dart's Infotainment unit?

All Dart models have a pretty basic infotainment unit with only the Limited and R/T models having access to Chrysler’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment touch screen. However, other models can get the screen fitted for an optional $595. This big screen helps Dodge do away with most buttons or dials on the dashboard, as commonly found on the Charger. However, the volume knob and ac dials are separately placed, along with steering mounted audio controls available in upper trim models. 

Also, available with the Uconnect infotainment system is Garmin's navigation system, which with its clear graphics and bright colors makes it look modern as well. Besides Bluetooth connectivity, there are also USB ports for charging and media connectivity, and a separate voice command system is also available. For its price and class though, the 2013 Dodge Dart does pack a handy infotainment suite with most of your basic needs covered neatly. Key infotainment features in the 2013 Dodge Dart are:

  • 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment
  • Garmin navigation system
  • 4 or 6-speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Radio AM/FM
  • CD Player
  • Satellite Radio
Exterior
5.0/10

The Dodge Dart stands out amongst its competition with an exterior design that makes it look modern and sportier than its peers. At one glance, it would be hard to guess that the 2013 Dart sits on a stretched platform also found on an Alfa Romeo hatchback. The front fascia is unmistakably Dodge with the cross-grille, which also incorporated active grille-shutters in higher models.

Inspired from the “Dodge Charger” the rear fascia on the other hand is very “Dodge” with a slim horizontal tail light bar running across the boot lid. The tail light unit has 152 LED lights inside - are all signs that are reminiscent of a Dodge vehicle. The Dart rides on standard 17” wheels, but upper trims, like the R/T rides on 18” wheels, as well.

Model

2013 Dodge Dart

2013 Honda Civic

2013 Toyota Corolla

2013 Mazda Mazda3

Curb Weight (lbs)

3186

2815

2800

2950

Length (in.)

183.9

179.4

179.3

180.7

Width (in.)

72.0

69.0

69.4

69.1

Height (in.)

57.7

56.5

57.7

57.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

4

6

5.8

4.7

Wheelbase (in.)

106.4

105.1

102.4

103.9

Besides those premium features, the Dodge Dart is the heaviest vehicle at 3186 lbs in its segment for it uses high-strength materials in its structure. And, with a length of 183.9 inches, the Dart has a wheelbase of 106.4 inches, which takes the competition to midsize cars as well. It also sits low for its ground clearance at 4.0-inches, which is the lowest in its segment. In terms of design though, the Dart does carry some sportiness and aggression into it while rivals like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3 are more on the elegant and humble side of things, with the latter having the highest ground clearance of 6 inches. The Toyota Camry on the other hand is the lightest option with a curb weight of 2800 lbs. Key exterior features in the 2013 Dodge Dart are:

  • 17” aluminum wheels/18” aluminum wheels
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Heated - Power-folding mirrors
  • Active Grille shutters
Safety
9.2/10

The 2013 Dodge Dart stands out from its competition by offering many standard first-in-class safety features. This includes Blind-Spot Monitor control with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, 10 airbags, and knee airbags for both front occupants. Aside from that, federal institutions, like the NHTSA have given the Dart an overall crash rating of five stars, the IIHS has even declared it as their Top Safety Pick+ model. This makes it one of the highly-rated safe compact sedans, something where both the Corolla and Civic are ahead. key safety features in the 2013 Dodge Dart are:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Cross-traffic alert
  • Cross-path collision detection
  • Anti-theft Alarm System
  • Electronic safety systems
Final Verdict

For its price tag, the Dart is a very reasonable purchase. The base SE model with less weight is more fuel-efficient than the lot where it returns an impressive 29 MPGs of combined mileage. The most premium Dart - the Limited model - has a very reasonable purchase price for the standard comfort and infotainment features it comes loaded with. The 8.4inch Uconnect infotainment screen on this model is the largest in its class. Being a Chrysler product, it might have a non-reliable background as a package, but the 2013 Dodge Dart is impressive enough to own one for five years, to say the least.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$17995

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

122 cu in

horse power

160 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

148 lb.-ft. @ 4600 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Manual w/Overdrive

dimensions
length

183.9 in

wheelbase

106.4 in

width

72 in

curb weight

3186 lbs

Height

57.7 in

Ground Clearance

4 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

97.2 cu ft

cargo volume

13.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

25/30/36 mpg

highway range

568.8 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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Dodge Dart 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$9,973
5 Year Cost To Own
$34,888
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $34,888
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$2,424$948$834$740$664$5,610
Insurance$1,370$1,411$1,453$1,497$1,542$7,273
Fuel$1,949$2,008$2,068$2,130$2,194$10,349
Maintenance$1,554$390$1,460$227$2,061$5,692
Repairs$447$521$607$709$827$3,111
Financing Interest$536$432$319$200$72$1,559
Taxes and Fees$879$112$106$101$96$1,294
Total Cost-To-Own$9,159$5,822$6,847$5,604$7,456$34,888
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