|Reviewed By||Jeff Stites|
|Price as Tested||$22,520: 2.4-L Tigershark MultiAir II I4, 184-hp, 16-valve engine, 6-speed Powertech automatic transmission. Options: Rallye Appearance Group|
Drove well. Decent brakes, fair suspension and steering for a car in this sport budget segment. Although the Header Orange exterior color didn’t appeal to me at first, I grew to accept it for its stand-out-from-the-crowd quality. (If the event of an accident, at least they can’t say, “I didn’t even see you.”) Dodge continues to offer the best touch screen interface on their cars — simple, intuitive and useful.
The 2.4-liter engine made a lot of noise without a lot of forward momentum with my right foot mashing down on the gas pedal. The Rallye Cloth seat material felt too much like wetsuit material for my liking, which matched the same rather low-buck feeling I got at first glance from the all-plastic interior door panels. Minimal rear leg room.
Priced right with decent enough gas mileage that this would be a good about-town daily commuter. And with the intuitive controls and not too much power, it might be just the thing for a first-time driver. The minimal shiny bits should make the interior easy to maintain. Although this class is not my cup of tea, I understand why I’m seeing more and more Darts on the road.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
|EPA Mileage||23 city/35 hwy|
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