The last time Dodge sold a compact sedan was back in 2005 with the Neon. Since that time, Dodge hasn’t had a true contender in the compact marketplace. That was until last year when the brand introduced a new compact sedan wearing a nameplate that was last seen in 1976. Introducing the 2013 Dodge Dart. Dodge has done an excellent job of making the 2013 Dart a standout in the crowded compact car marketplace.

On the exterior, the Dart features some of Dodge’s trademark design cues. Up front is the familiar crosshair grille seen on newer Dodge vehicles and a set of swept headlights. The backend has a large LED taillight that has been on the Charger and Challenger. Under the hood are three different engines. The base engine is a 2.0L TigerShark four-cylinder making 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Next up is a turbocharged 1.4L MultiAir four-cylinder from parent company Fiat producing 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The top dog in the Dart’s engine lineup is the 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder that makes 184 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque.

All engines come with a six-speed manual. The 2.0L and 2.4L can be equipped with a six-speed automatic, while the 1.4L turbo can be equipped with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The big story with the Dodge Dart is the amount of customization that can be done to it. With a choice of six different trims (SE, SXT, Rallye, Aero, Limited, and GT) and a long option list that includes a reconfigurable gauge cluster, eight-inch touch screen, heated front seats and steering wheel, variety of wheel options, and other items, you can make a Dart that fits your needs. So how much for a 2013 Dodge Dart? A base Dart SE starts at $15,995 and climbs to $19,995 for the Dart Limited. Competition for the Dodge Dart include the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra.