Is 35 years enough time to restore a tarnished name, one shelved for decades and then shined up for use on a new model? Dodge is going to find out with the 2013 Dart, which is equipped with a moniker few car buyers under the age of 40 can remember, and which is built on a stretched and widened platform from Alfa Romeo, itself a marque that has been almost completely absent from American shores for decades.
The new 2013 Dodge Dart replaces the unloved Dodge Caliber as the brand’s small car. Benjamin Hunting previously reviewed the Dart Rallye model with a manual transmission. He liked the car, lauding its comfort, fuel economy, interior and exterior design, and technology. To some degree, I agree, but having spent a week driving a Dart Limited with a dual dry-clutch automated manual gearbox, and using it as a family car, my opinions diverge from his in many respects.