Five Best Attributes of the 2016 Dodge Dart

November 23rd, 2015 by

The upcoming Dodge Dart should revolutionize the compact car segment. The vehicle offers so much more than rival cars, whether it be the innovative technology, the stylish (and aerodynamic) design, or the impressive selection of potential engines. To put it over the top, the vehicle’s price is incredibly reasonable, with the top model costing less than $25,000.

Understandably, we’re rather excited about the 2016 Dart, and there are several aspects of the car that we’re just itching to check out. If you’ve been considering a new vehicle, check out our favorite attributes of the upcoming 2016 Dodge Dart. When you’re finished reading, you may be convinced that the compact car is the vehicle for you…

Technology

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When you’re riding as a passenger in the Dodge Dart, you may forget that you’re sitting in a vehicle. That’s because all of the included technology is incredibly advanced, leading to one of the most innovative and enjoyable driving experiences yet.

It all starts with the 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen system, which allows drivers to access SiriusXM Satellite Radio, calling, texting, movie listings, Garmin Navigation… practically whatever you want! The system provides real-time updates on traffic and weather, and you can even use the system to check sports scores or find the closest gas station. Oh, and get this: you can access all of these features via the sound of your voice. The voice command system means you’ll never have to take your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.

This center system is accompanied by an incredible 506-watt Alpine sound system, featuring nine speakers and a huge subwoofer. This means you can truly appreciate and enjoy your satellite radio, and you can impress all of your passengers with the bumping stereo.

You’ll also be impressed by the digital gauges, which can be customized to the driver’s liking. The seven-inch screen can display a variety of essential information, including your speedometer and fuel economy. You can also check out the vehicle diagnostics, which will alert you of any critical issue (like a dangerously low tire).

Finally, the available Keyless Enter ‘n Go allows the driver to operate the vehicle without their key. This is important for security reasons, as it greatly reduces the number of stolen vehicles.

Style

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Considering the low price (which we’ll get to later on) and the stigma that often accompanies a compact car, you wouldn’t expect the Dart to be so stylish. The engineers succeeded in producing a stunning vehicle, however, as they combined the “architecture” of Alfa Romeo with the standard, familiar Dodge design.

It may not be important to all, but the Dart is also available in nine different colors, including redline pearl, granite crystal metallic, true blue pearl, billet silver metallic, pitch black, bright white, laser blue pearl, TorRed, and Go Mango. Choose your color wisely, as you’ll want it to complement the 152 individually placed LED lights.

How else did the engineers succeed in their pursuit of a luxurious vehicle? They included projector headlamps, which not only improve the look and refinement of the vehicle, but also help with visibility on dark roads. The signature split-crosshair grille and “dramatic” hood also help to improve the vehicle’s airflow while also adding an intimidating look to the front of the car.

Of course, there’s also an available power sunroof (with the express open/close capabilities). The Dart gives all you could possibly want from a style standpoint, but at half the price you’d expect.

Safety

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The Bolt has an incredible 60 available safety and security features, some more impressive than others. It starts with the vehicle’s body, which is designed of “high-strength, hot-stamped steel.” This presents the driver with a “stiff overall structure” and a “steel safety frame,” meaning all occupants should be well protected in case of a collision. The 10 standard airbags, the active front head restraints (helps reduce risk of head or spinal injuries), knee-blocker airbags (reduces lower leg injuries), and crumple zones (helps “dissipate” energy caused by a collision) are also essential features that help keep the driver and passengers safe.

There’s also an assortment of technological safety features that further help protects any of the Dart’s occupants. The ParkSense Rear Park Assist System uses sensors to detect any object that may be behind you, and the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera allows you to see what the object is! Furthermore, the Rear Cross Path Detection system can determine when another vehicle is about to cross through your intended path. These units don’t only help prevent accidents, but they also make your driving experience significantly easier.

That’s not it, as the vehicle also includes Electronic Stability Control (maintains control by slightly applying brakes), Ready-Alert Braking (anticipates a situation that requires sudden braking), and Rain Brake Support (removes water from brake pads). The Automaic High-Beam Control Headlamps will provide you with some much-needed light on those dark evening, and the rain-sensing wipers will rid your windshield of pesky water droplets.

Finally, the remote keyless entry means you can monitor your vehicle at all times. The car’s owner can operate the vehicle without a key, but it’s practically impossible for anyone else to run the engine. Additionally, the available security alarm will further scare away any potential thieves.

Options

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Every car buyer likes the opportunity to choose, and they’ll have that option with the Dart. There are five individual models available, each offering their own specific amenities.

The standard SE comes with a 2.0-liter 160-horsepower TigerShark engine (delivers up to 41 highway mile per gallon fuel efficiency), and it also includes a four-speaker sound system. Upgrade to the SXT, and you’ll get a 2.4-liter 184-horsepower Multiair 2 Engine with LED racetrack taillamps. Other models include the Aero (1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo Engine, underbody aerodynamics), GT (2.4-liter TigerShark MultiAir 2 Engine, black crosshair grille), and Limited (heather leather-trimmed seats, power sunroof).

Performance

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We briefly touched on the engines, but there’s so much more that goes into the Dart’s impressive driving experience.

Drivers can opt for a trio of transmissions: a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission, a six-speed PowerTech automatic transmission, or a six-speed dual dry clutch automatic transmission with AutoStick.

Engineers also included a “sport-tuned suspension,” allowing the vehicle to cut “corners more tightly” while also presenting “fun-to-drive handling dynamics.” The included high-performance shock absorbers don’t only contribute to the smooth ride, but they also “provide highly responsive control.”

The previously-mentioned styling also plays a role in the Dart’s performance. The laser-brazed roof and underbody panels help improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics, while the active grille shutter system redirects airflow, reducing drag. Dodge tested the parts’ capabilities by putting the vehicle through the brand’s own wind tunnel.

 

Our favorite part of the vehicle? The price, of course. The standard Dart comes in at $16,995, an incredible price considering all that’s offered. If you want your Dart to include all the available features, you won’t even have to stretch your budget for the $24,395 Limited model.

Considering all the amenities and features that are included in the upcoming Dart (as well as the reasonable price), there’s really no other option.

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