How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

It’s probably a whole lot more than you thought.

With the influx of new vehicles for the 2016 model
year, we’ve noticed performance similarities between a few unlikely makes and
models. The new base-trim Dodge Dart and Fiat 500 Abarth constitute one such
example. With the Dart starting at just $16,495 and the Abarth offering its
cheapest variant at $22,195, there’s a fairly substantial $5,700 price gap
between these vehicles. A sum of $5,700 can get you a pretty decent used car on
Craigslist in most parts of the United States.

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

For that reason, one would think that the Italian
should have quite a lot more to offer than the American in terms of performance
and reliability. It’s curious, then, why both cars produce an identical 160
horsepower. Both cars have engines in the front and are FWD, which is fine for a car
priced at the level of the Dart, but slightly less forgivable in the
significantly more expensive Fiat 500 Abarth. While the Dodge Dart is able to
attain a top speed of 115 mph, the Abarth’s has its speed ceiling
electronically limited at 130 mph. Acceleration is one of the places we really see the
benefit of the performance-oriented Fiat. With two less doors to manage, the Abarth has almost a
700-pound weight advantage over its American competitor.

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

This results in a 10 second 0-60 mph time in the Dodge
and a 7.0 second run in the Fiat. Both of the models in this comparison tout a
inline-four, but the Abarth has the distinctive upper hand in
acceleration due to its single turbo. The turbocharged four-cylinder is able to
have a lower displacement (1.4-liters) while churning out the exact same 160
horses as its 2.0-liter naturally aspirated opponent. Neither one of
these is going to throw your head back when you slam the gas, but the Abarth
produces 22 more pound-feet of torque. While the base dart gets a six-speed manual, the
Abarth’s transmission has one less gear. Fuel efficiency is very comparable as well.

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

The Dodge Dart
earned a 25/36 mpg rating and the Fiat 500 Abarth sports a 28/34 mpg rate of
consumption for city and highway driving. Given these similar performance
statistics, we’ll leave you to make the final decision on which car gives you a
better bang for your buck. And if you do end up deciding on a Dart, just please don’t be like this guy.

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

How Much Do The Dodge Dart And Fiat 500 Abarth Have In Common?

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