So now that I have raved about the UConnect system, we’ll talk a little about driving Dodge’s economical compact. It is still unbelievable the features that are available in a car that starts in the basement in the Dodge pricing stratosphere. Of course, the Monroney increases incrementally as you pile on the options. The 2.4 liter Tigershark ‘big block’ four cylinder is quick enough for daily driving duty this side of an SCCA gymkhana. The 6 speed automatic works well and shifts smoothly. Driving through a mix of conditions over 400 miles I got about 27 MPG.
A few criticisms that show the Dart’s compact car lineage: First, the power window actuation is not exactly smooth. The Mopar-labeled passenger window seemed to drop rapidly at first and then complained the rest of the way down. Second, the trunk springs did not have the oomph to keep the lid raised unless it was in its highest position. Loading anything into the trunk makes you hoist it all the way up to the top part of its travel before you can proceed- unless you risk your arms being guillotined.
But moving past those niggles, the seats were awesome. Really comfy with extra bolstering. Loved the red neon trim on the dashboard at night that surrounds the instrument cluster and dashboard. There is even some stitching on the dashboard. I thought Dodge did a nice job dressing up the interior for this special model.
Overall, a nice vehicle that gives you today’s latest technology in an inexpensive package. A score for the engineers on the Dart board.