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In the 60s of the last century, America's youth enjoyed a good popularity of affordable Dodge Dart. For little money, it offered a spacious interior and powerful engine. But after the fuel crisis in 1976, the model was off the market. Now the concern Chrysler revives the famous models of the past, among which are the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Challenger. Dodge Dart found its second life as well. However, it is a completely different car - front-wheel drive sedan C-Class, replacing the Caliber hatchback. In the Dodge Dart Review we are going to talk more about this revival.
Stylists have tried to make the novice less aggressive than the Caliber, and at the same time they added some sports features. Dart differs with dropdown roofline and pronounced wedge-shaped profile with a raised “hull back”.
Branded grille of Dodge radiator looks much more restrained than the other models of the American brand. It is narrow, but there is quite wide air intake in the bumper, reminiscent of a smile. The bends of profiled bonnet are underlined with slanted headlights. Short, cropped boot lid is decorated with an integrated spoiler. Following the example of its elder brother Charger the LED lights are spread over the entire width of the body. Sports modifications Rallye and R / T can be identified by colored black front, 18-inch alloy wheels (instead of the standard 16-inch) and two chrome exhaust pipes. Sedan length is 4671 mm, width - 1829 mm, height - 1466 mm, and the wheelbase - 2703 mm. The car is designed with lightweight steels and aluminum alloys, and therefore the base version weighs 1445 kg.
Sports spirit is felt in the cabin. Black plastic is diluted with bright red insert elements, while the central panel is turned slightly towards the driver. The illumination is carried out by means of LEDs. Three-spoke steering wheel has a small diameter, and its rim in the area of hand grip provides comfortable beading. In all versions, except for the base, the set includes a 7-inch color display. At the request of the driver, it can display speedometer image (analog or digital), and information from a trip computer. For the surcharge the central panel can be equipped with 8.4-inch touchscreen UConnect multimedia system.
The seats of the first row are wide and comfortable, but at the same time they are sufficiently profiled to hold the back on the turn. The range of adjustment is wide and the steering wheel can change its position as well. The second row is quite spacious thanks to a large wheelbase and wider cabin near the shoulder. Trunk volume can’t be considered too large - 371 liters.
Dart SE Basic is positioned as a budget model, and therefore its equipment includes: electric windows and CD-player, but the air conditioning and central locking are not provided. They, like the electric rear-view mirrors, are present in the SXT version, and modification Limited has electric front seats, cruise control, rear-view camera and the connection Bluetooth. Flagship Dart R / T received a dual-zone climate control, heated seats and steering wheel. All versions have ESC system of stabilization and 10 airbags (front, side, front and rear inflatable “curtains” and cushion for the knees of the driver and front passenger). Among the available options are: xenon headlights, rain sensor, tracking system of “blind” zones, and 506-watt audio system. In addition, the sedan can be personalized with the help of various stickers on the body and other accessories.
The car was offered with two engines to choose from. The petrol 2.0-liter atmospheric four-cylinder is familiar from Caliber, but it is finalized and its capacity was raised to 160 hp. Balancing shafts made the motor quieter and much smoother. The maximum torque is very generous - 200 Nm, but is achieved at high 5100 rev / min. With it the sedan accelerates to 100 km / h in 7.9 seconds and is capable to develop 209 km / h. Fuel consumption is 9.4 l / 100 km in the urban cycle and 6.5 l / 100 km - in a country. Manual 6-speed transmission exhibits good accuracy, and optional 6-speed “automatic” is different with smoothness.
Noticeably faster is 1.4-liter turbo engine with Fiat MultiAir variable valve timing adjustment system. Its power is the same as that of a 2.0-liter engine, but its greater engine thrust is already felt at 2500 rev / min at the disposal of decent 250 Nm of torque. The dynamics is slightly better than the atmospheric version (7.6 seconds to 100 km / h), but the “appetite” is noticeably smaller - 8.7 liters / 100 km in the city and 6.0 l / 100 km on the highway. 1.4-liter modification can be equipped with a 6-speed transmission with two clutches.
The engine range was later expanded; it offered Dart R / T with a 2.4-liter 184-horsepower naturally aspirated engine, and SRT-4 version with a turbocharger and capacity of about 300 hp. The American and Italian experts worked on the chassis of the car. The result of their collaboration - is a very good handling. Electric Power Steering is well tuned, and therefore it is accurate and informative, understeer is rarely felt.
The suspension is very soft and comfortable, even with 17-inch wheels, but the body roll at high-speed cornering is surprisingly small. In the US the base version of the Dodge Dart costs $ 16 500, and the Limited - 23 000 dollars.
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