The new 2015 Dodge Dart is tweaked to render performance and impeccable handling

2015-04-02 12:22:44
The new 2015 Dodge Dart is tweaked to render performance and impeccable handling
The new 2015 Dodge Dart is tweaked to render performance and impeccable handling

The 2015 Dodge Dart is simply a quasi-sport sedan all-wheel-drive that offers impeccable driving ability and was developed to replace a poor performer; the Caliber hatchback. Though the antecedent models had teething issues, the new Dart is copious with good news. Firstly, exterior refinement has enhanced its broad and appealing stance, a luxuriously designed interior and better trim. The powertrain is equally capable while the driver’s cockpit is roomy and packed with features that allow excellent driving controls. There are many changes in the new Dart compared to antecedent models; however, classics are still evident on the outside. 

To start with the outside looks, the new Dart is considerably larger than the outgoing model, though proportions are similar, it has a wider stance, a low cowl and its rear is substantially conspicuous. The dashboard looks swoopy, while the interior imparts sporty end features. The models arrive with an 8.4” display for audio, navigation and climate-zone controls, a tiny screen showing vehicular data in the instrumental cluster. All seats are sumptuously upholstered, soft-materials form the dash and sturdy plastics complete the ensemble. Leatherette-stitched seats, trim and arrangement of components show concerted efforts by the craftsmanship team, everything is ostensibly where it should be. For all cars, performance is highly imperative, but the Dart’s standard 160 horsepower 2.0-Liter 4V is outweighed by the heavy compact, shoppers are thus likely to go for the 1.4-liter turbocharged that gives above 160 ponies past the 3,000 revs. The latter mill mates to a 6-speed manual or twin-clutch automated transmission. Additionally, a 2.4-liter 4V that delivers 184 ponies comes as standard for SXT, GT or Limited trim level, available with an auto or stick for former two but automatic for the latter. It lacks the surge experienced when the 1.4 turbo is used while giving optimum power.     On the fuel efficiency side, the 2.0-liter version checks in at 24/36 mpg manual, 24/34 mpg auto while the 1.4-liter turbocharged is estimated at 27 mpg city/37 mpg hwy with the twin-clutch auto. The 2.4-liter returns 22/35 mpg for manual and 23/35 mpg for the six-speed auto.   For safety, the Dart shone in all U.S crash test platforms, with apex five star ratings wholly from the government and top safety pick attribution by the IIHS, this catapults it to the exclusive level of the Honda Civic. This is in addition to ten air bags, alongside loads of electronic safety equipment, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert and clear outward visibility. The chassis is made of sturdy alloy for lightweight and aero-properties, however, metallic and carbon-fiber mix ensure the body is fully strong.    Overall, the Dart is a significant revolutionary and evolutionary advancement in the history of the automaker. It has a fair entertainment system, better fuel efficiency for a compact sedan, yawning cabin room, intuitive dash controls and high-performance manners. Thus, comparing the price it what it offers, it is a good consideration for those seeking a simple and sporty-like sedan that is not overly expensive but suitable for city drives.

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