The Dodge Dart is inching closer to the automotive graveyard as the company has announced the 2016 model will have a simplified lineup that appeals to “value conscious” consumers.
The entry-level Dodge Dart SXT Sport starts at $17,995 which represents a $1,400 savings over the current SXT variant. Despite being cheaper, the model comes nicely equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, and remote keyless entry. Drivers will also find a multi-function steering wheel, power windows, and Bluetooth connectivity. Other niceties include a tilt / telescopic steering column and Sirius Satellite radio.
Power is provided by a 2.0-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.
The mid-level Dart Turbo costs $19,495 and it rewards buyers with a 1.4-liter MultiAir2 Turbo engine that develops 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The model also has a “sport appearance hood,” a dual exhaust system, and 17-inch aluminum wheels with a Granite Crystal finish. Speaking of the exterior, the car has a standard Rallye Appearance package that includes a black crosshair grille and black headlamp bezels.
Lastly, the Dart GT Sport starts at $20,995 which makes it $1,100 less expensive than the outgoing Dart GT. Since it sits at the top of the Dart lineup, it comes equipped with a digital instrument cluster, a 10-way power driver seat, and a Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch display. Other highlights include a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a rearview camera, and a passive entry system with a push-button ignition.
The range-topping model is powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine with 184 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. It enables the sedan to return up to 35 mpg highway.
Note: Prices exclude destination charges