2015 Dodge Dart | CarGurus Test Drive Review

2015 Dodge Dart | CarGurus Test Drive Review


time I know what you’re thinking it’s just a Dart. How can that 2015 Dodge Dart GT a Dart that looks like a long line of
cars in the rental lot at your nearest airport how can that car be remotely interesting.
Well, for starters this is the GT, and I realize you can slap a GT badge on a dump truck these days, but trust me – this Dart actually could
live up to the name. See, underneath that American-sized
appetite is an Italian sedan that actually has
impressive road manners and a firm chassis. Underneath the hood is a 2.4-liter
4-cylinder married to an optional 6-speed
automatic, but more on that later. Let’s talk about the interior first. Now, technically the Dart is a
compact car, but like you can see on the inside it’s anything but compact.
Now the dark is actually the biggest in its class, and that includes the Ford Focus
and the Mazda3. Now as far as interior accoutrements go, the Dart isn’t exactly a game-changer.
The 8-inch touchscreen is nice but it’s pretty old, and it’s an optional
upgrade. The 7-inch multifunction display in the middle here – again it’s really nice, but it’s an
upgrade. But the base version of the Dart still
has all that space and really nice seats as well. Its interior
room is nearly on par with much larger sedans with 97 cubic feet inside and 13.1 cubic
feet of cargo space in the trunk. Now the rear seats comfortably fit 4 adults, the Dart’s ability to fade into the
background makes it a pretty decent place to rack up the miles without a lot of hassle or headache. And
that’s not fair. Well, what I mean is the car itself is actually fairly well
sorted out. It’s bigger, more expensive brother, the Chrysler 200, is getting the lion’s
share of attention right now because well, it’s probably more profitable, but the
Dart is a car that would be much better got out of its own way. The lightweight
1.4-liter turbocharged engine that couldn’t pull its own 3,200-pound mass has
been relegated to the Aero model this year, and the 2.0-liter 4 is okay, but the 2.4
here has actual potential to be fun. Let’s not
forget that it’s an alpha chassis underneath, and that’s not a bad place to start. Now this GT includes Dodge’s optional
6-speed automatic transmission a $1,250 our option which is better than
it sounds. Now once up to speed it moves through its
gears relatively confidently and despite having taller top-end years to
help maximize fuel economy, its relatively good. I drove a
pre-production version of this transmission early on and to say that they’ve made improvements
is an understatement. They moved decades ahead in this car.
Understandably this car has to hit a price point first,
and be fun second. Its considerable mass can’t be ignored, and although the car’s
modestly fun for its segment, it’s really not a screamer. 0 to 60
happens in over 8 seconds even in this GT model, and there’s a lot
of interior features like something, anything, other than the steering wheel that you may miss another cars, but in a
car like this at full spec, with 18-inch wheels,
8-inch touchscreen, and an automatic transmission, this Dart
only comes in at $24,680 which is a light price for a car with serious
heft to haul and even bigger expectations worldwide. To
read more about the Dart, including what we think is coming next, be sure to click the link below and read the
review on the CarGurus website.

4 Comments

  • Patrick T

    November 15, 2015

    you said the 8.4' uconnect is old?… it's the best in the business.

    Reply
  • chetthehoss

    November 16, 2015

    Four adults in the back seat? So this compact car seats 6 hmm? I don't think so. You'd be lucky to get two regular sized adults in that back seat, especially if someone is actually using the front seats.

    Reply
  • Chuck Anderson

    July 18, 2017

    How's the headroom?

    Reply
  • drguffey

    April 19, 2018

    I remember when V8 cars took 10 to 12 seconds to get to 60. We thought that was fast. I own a 2016 Dart SXT with the 2.4 & I love it.

    Reply

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