2016 Dodge Dart vs. Its Competition

2016 Dodge Dart
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2016 Dodge Dart is a model that stands out with a little more style, in a class that's for the most part, designed to satisfy daily-driver tasks, economically, rather than be flashy or sporty.

The Ford Focus sedan is still probably the most direct rival to the Dart, and it boasts somewhat better ride and handling than the Dart albeit with less interior space and back-seat room.

The Focus offers more tech, but check those option boxes and the price can get quite a bit higher than that of the Dart.

The Chevrolet Cruze is due to be redesigned this next year; in its outgoing generation it's been a handsome, solid performer offered with efficient turbocharged four-cylinder gas or diesel engines—and one of the quietest rides in the segment.

The Honda Civic gets decent fuel economy and has a very comfortable interior and full feature set, but it's mostly comfort-oriented in its current generation.

The Hyundai Elantra earns high marks for value, style, and overall popularity—although the design is now looking aged next to the other models in this class.

The Toyota Corolla is more exciting than previous models in terms of styling and appointments, although it still takes the pragmatic path (which again, is what most buyers here want).

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Dodge Dart offers great styling, spacious interior, and good equipment set; but not all versions live up to the sporty performance (or good gas mileage) that the design might suggest.
The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze inches closer to mid-size, while growing lighter, leaner, and more fuel-efficient.
From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, the 2016 Ford Focus remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
The 2016 Honda Civic drops almost all the economy-car pretense; in Touring trim, it could easily wear a premium label.
Not quite a hot hatch, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT gives up some rear-seat space in the name of cargo room and European style.
The 2016 Toyota Corolla continues to offer reliable, inexpensive transportation—with a bit of flair and new, easy-to-use infotainment systems.
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