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2015 Dodge Dart Preview

Pros: The Dodge Dart is a good-looking, well-equipped and affordable compact vehicle that’s a great first-car buy. 

Cons: This is a value vehicle, and a great entry-level car so keep that in mind when you get behind the wheel. Competitors for the Dart offer similar amenities and performance, but in better-known and trusted packages.  

2015 Dodge Dart Price and Fuel Economy: There are six different versions of the Dodge Dart available, each offering up exterior aesthetic differences, as well as engine and transmission choices. Base prices for each are as follows: 

  • 2015 Dodge Dart SE $15,995 
  • 2015 Dodge Dart SXT $18,995 
  • 2015 Dodge Dart Aero $19,995 
  • 2015 Dodge Dart Blacktop $19,995 
  • 2015 Dodge Dart GT $21,995
  • 2015 Dodge Dart Limited $22,995

Automatic add $1,495 to each price, except for the Limited that comes standard with the automatic and does not offer a manual option. 

As for fuel economy, according to the new five-cycle testing method, the 2015 Dodge Dart’s fuel ratings hover in the 8.4-10.6L/100km range in the city, and 5.8L-7.5L/100km on the highway, depending on which engine and transmission you opt for. 

Powertrain: There are three engines available for the Dodge Dart: a 2.0L Tigershark I-4 that produces 160 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque; a 1.4L MutliAir I-4 Turbo that’s good for the same number of horses, but 184 lb-ft of torque this time; and finally a 2.4L Tigershark MutliAir I-4 that pumps out 184 ponies and 174 lb-ft of torque. 

The SXT, Blacktop, GT, and Limited models come standard with the 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir engine, while the SE gets the 2.0L, and the Aero the 1.4L. 

As for transmissions, there are three of them. On all models (save for the Limited that only has the 6-speed automatic available), you have a choice between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed auto. However, on the Aero model, you can choose between the stick shift or a 6-speed automatic dual dry-clutch transmission. 

Changes and Improvements: For 2015, a new trim was introduced in the Dodge Dart lineup; the Blacktop version. This sporty version features 18” Gloss Black aluminum wheels, a black crosshair grille up front; black fog light housing, black exterior mirrors, as well as a black/red/Tungsten accent interior design. 

Cargo Capacity: Regardless of model, you’ll get approximately 370L of trunk space in the 2015 Dodge Dart. 

Safety: The Dodge Dart was the IIHS Top Safety Pick in 2014, and the 2015 model features the same standard safety features as the previous year. There are over 55 standard and available safety features available on the Dodge Dart including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, as well as 10 standard airbags.

Comparing the 2015 Dodge Dart: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta.