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Disappointed In The New 2013 Dodge Dart - What Is This?

Updated on May 19, 2012
2013 Dodge Dart Revival
2013 Dodge Dart Revival
2011 Subaru Impreza
2011 Subaru Impreza

Is it just me, or does the new 2013 Dodge Dart resemble a curvier version of the Subaru Impreza? Either way, this new model economy style car just does not do the name of "Dart" justice. Maybe it's just me, though as an owner of a 1969 Dogde Dart GT, I feel the style of this dart is a disgrace to the original exterior designers of the dart. Sure, it was the "compact economy car" of the 60's and 70's, though does that mean that it's revival needs to be a dinky cookie-cutter car with no real flare or uniqueness?

After the beautiful designs that dodge unveiled for the revival of the Charger and Challenger, I'm just completely upset by the lack of attention given to the revival design of the new Dart. It's like they just didn't care enough to appeal to their own fan base. Personally, I would rename this car the "Cookie", because it looks just like nearly everything out there on the outside.

The Dodge Challenger Revival

The Dodge Charger Revival

Dodge Dart Revival

No Power

Aside from the lack of appeal in the exterior sense, I'm also very disappointed in the engine packages. Not a single packages is offered that includes anything about 2.4L, which just doesn't sound befitting to the name of "Tigershark" (what their calling the Dart's new I4 engines), which is one of the most aggressive sharks in the sea. Yet I'm sure even a small tigershark could pull more than the 160 something horse that the new Dart's are marked for.

Of course, the new Fiat-Chrysler duo was focusing more on the idea that the original Dart had been created to help provide the "average joe" with an affordable car that could haul the kids and family pet, though I think they missed out on something crucial - the original Dart's were not just created to be economical and affordable, they were created to be the poor mans pony car, and they were so successful at providing that, that Dodge came out with the Dart Swinger - a more racing specific version that saw intense popularity amongst Mopar fans.

On The Upside

The new Dart is going to be one of the cheapest cars available (only out-matched in cheapness by the Toyota Corolla) at just under $16K. It also comes equipped with a nice touch-screen console and completely digital guages and dash accessories. The interior isn't to unfavorable either, though personally - I'd like more room, especially considering that the classic Dart's were like small boats - with plenty of leg room.

2 stars for 2013 Dodge Dart

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