2015 Dodge Dart GT (1094)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Dodge Dart GT. Dodge says it is “the most technologically advanced vehicle in its class”. I suspect they are referring to the touchscreen that adds Android smartphone compatibility for Bluetooth phones and streaming music, as well as USB connectivity to play music from the device. The CD player is no longer standard on all models and is now a stand-alone option available on certain trims. Finally the 2.4 liter engine is now available with Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle specs in the 14 California Air Resources Board (CARB) states.

This is a genuinely economical compact sedan that is available in 5 trim levels: SE, SXT, Aero, GT and Limited with a price range of $16-24,000.

This GT seats 5 and for the money is surely a good value. I was impressed and it helped me in my evaluation in hearing such positive comments from those who rode with me. It’s nice to have your inner thoughts confirmed by people in general. It is clear to me that cars like computers these days can almost be “Throw Away” assets because they are so affordable. Why would anyone buy a used vehicle when they can have brand new for little more and not inherit others’ troubles. Okay, so I usually buy used but that’s what I’m talking about. Times change and where computers were very expensive just a decade ago you can buy the best of the best for $500 these days. You don’t upgrade or even repair them, you give them away and buy new.

General Information: Parts – US/Canadian 60%, Mexico 18%; Slovakia 19%; Engine – USA and transmission – Korea.Assembly – Belvidere, Illinois, USA Class – Midsize Cars, Cars from Dodge – Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey and Viper.

Handling & Performance:

Not the quickest on the road but I never felt 184 horses was not enough. And the fuel consumption was appreciated as gas went up over $4 bucks again. Today it is at $3.39.

Styling:

Nice. Clean lines and well equipped for the money. I rather liked the Ambient lighting on the interior.

Fit and Finish:

Very good in class.

Cost:

A bargain in my view.

Conveniences and comfort:

All the necessary stuff and the ride was better than I expected in this price range.

Consumer Recommendations:

If you’re in the market to replace your older car consider buying new. Great 5 seat midsize at a great price.

Recognized Competition:

Dodge Dart $16-24,000, Nissan Versa $12-18,000, Chevrolet Sonic $15-21,000, Kia Forte $16-19,000, Ford Fiesta $15-19,000,Hyundai Accent $15-16,000.

Good News:

Good fuel economy and entrance level pricing is very affordable. Great young family sedan for the money.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder 184 hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, front side front and rear and side curtain airbags and driver and passenger knee airbag, Nappa leather seating with perforated seat inserts, LATCH system, 4-wheel ABS power disc brakes, traction control, electronic roll mitigation, remote proximity keyless entry and push button start/stop, tire pressure monitor, rear back up camera, AM/FM /SAT/MP3 radio, Sirius XM Satellite radio, Auto climate control with dual zone control, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, 8.4” touch screen display, heated Leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, heated frront seats, 6-way driver and 4-way lumbar adjustment, LED ambient interior lighting accents, iPod control, cruise control, auto headlights, fog lights, daytime running lights, 18” satin silver aluminum wheels, turn signals on power exterior mirrors and power windows and locks.

Important Options: for about $1,100 you can add rear park assist, blind spot rear cross path detection rain sensing wipers and a couple of other options.

Gas Stats:

$3.39/ Gal avg. June 27, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

22 City and 31 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $21,645.

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