Her and His Reviews

July 2013

2013 Dodge Dart RallYE

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.
 

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

HER HIS
Price
$17,795 base; $23,385 as driven Our test car was a Blue Streak Pearl Coat Rallye with a base price of $17,995, and it was equipped with a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine backed by a six speed "Powertech" automatic transmission. Options were plentiful, which had several extra cost packages, including one that had an electronic vehicle information center, speed control, leather steering wheel, Rallye group, aluminum wheels, fog lamps, navigation, illuminated cup holders, remote start system, satellite radio, and other items. Options and destination charges brought the final bottom line to $23,385.00.
Performance
If you love the Challenger or Charger, and who doesn't, with the hot looking, distinguished look of the contoured roof and rugged, sexy grille, you are in store for its little sister, the Dart RALLYE. Its back - not like a bad dream, rather, built newly into a landscape of competitive sameness. Here, the Dart stands tall. The four cylinder engine is not the most powerful, but few are in the "small, compact car" category. Interestingly, the Dart RALLYE offers the optional 6-speed automatic transmission. Some of our colleagues who tested the 1.4 liter manual reported it produced more torque and was a much more fun and responsive ride than the four cylinder. The four cylinder engine moved the car nicely, though it certainly isn't a race car. On the other hand I did not notice the strain and slowness mentioned by other car writers with my tester. Try before you buy, you might think differently.
Fuel Economy
34 highway/24 city Mileage is rated at 24/34 miles per gallon with a combined city/highway rating of 27 miles per gallon.
The Car
Hot bold looks are intended to turn heads. Leather and red, white and blue to sass up the eye. Nothing universal or boring with the Dart. Jazzed up and ready to hit the road, with its leather wrapped steering wheel, remote start, and satellite radio for starters. Soft touch points are a plus. Space was roomy enough, though not so kind to taller (or semi tall) passengers in the back. Under seat storage was a true surprise as a driver! Like an unexpected gift. Let's hear it for the red, white and blue! This car is American through and through and proud of it. From seats that have hidden storage compartments underneath cushions, to a tiny compass icon on the navigation screen that gives you a precise direction of travel, to places for holding loose tickets, receipts and other things that clutter, to an exhaust note that says "performance," the Dart, which comes in countless varieties, colors and personal expression options, is a welcome product to the market.
Safety
10 airbags are near the lead for this class - and, glad-fully so ? as this vehicle slants in its appeal towards a younger male demographic, who have the tendencies (on paper) to drive faster, more recklessly and be in more car accidents; bluntly said. Comes equipped with Front disc brakes, Electronic Stability Control. It has the same basic kinds of equipment now standard on most cars, nothing really stands out as being different here.
Technology
Very excellent vehicle infotainment center, NAV system, Stereo, USB port, Bluetooth and touch screen infotainment center named UConnect. Note to drivers: do some test runs before you hit a new city as I was paralyzed a few times with the inability to "get it working properly." Cool little wireless charging station. Standard equipment included full power accessories like door locks, steering and windows, stability control and traction control, electronic roll mitigation, keyless entry, anti lock brakes, multi-stage front air bags, rear side air bags, knee bolster airbags, and several other items.

Options were plentiful on our test car, which had several extra cost packages, including one that had an electronic vehicle information center, speed control, leather steering wheel, Rallye group, aluminum wheels, fog lamps, navigation, illuminated cup holders, remote start system, satellite radio, and other items.
Aesthetics & Styling
Love the athletic prowess of this Dodge 'younger sibling' version. With 14 different color/trim combinations, any one will find the mode that matches their personality. Bold and butch looking. All American. I really, really like how Dodge has designed the Dart to stand out from its more mundane peers in the compact class.
Warranty
Dodge is beefing up its warranty offering. In a competitive class, the Dart comes with a 5 year/100,000 mile power train warranty and a 3 year/36,000 Basic warranty. Ask your Dealer for details. 5 year, 100,000 Power train warranty

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