2013 Dodge Dart
Dodge claims more class-exclusives on the Dart than we can remember for any vehicle in recent history. Some of them include an integrated dual exhaust, 'racetrack' LED taillamps, the reconfigurable TFT display, a heated steering wheel, and the in-seat storage. Keyless Enter 'n' Go is also something we're not accustomed to seeing in this class; it lets the doors and the trunk be opened when you're in proximity, helps illuminate on approach, and works with the push-button ignition for starting.
Quite the opposite of Hyundai, which is offering its Elantra in just seven build combinations, Dodge will offer the Dart in a vast array of appearances and equipment combinations, including three engines, three transmissions, seven different wheel options, 12 exterior colors, and 14 interior color and trim combinations—as well as more than 150 Mopar options and packages.
We hope to bring you first-drive impressions sometime in the spring, with an on-sale date in the third quarter of this year. Stay tuned for more details, as well as live pictures and a video walkaround of the Dart from the Detroit auto show floor.