Changes for the 2015 Dodge Dart:
The base Dart SE is offered with a new Convenience Group priced at $775, which includes air conditioning, power door locks with remote keyless entry, power mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth, and aerodynamic enhancements. Versions equipped with the 2.4-liter engine meet Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) standards in 14 states, and the Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system is now Android compatible. Dart SXT models get a new 16-inch aluminum wheel design, the Blacktop Package is offered with a new black and red interior color combination, and three new exterior colors debut.
Dodge sells the 2015 Dart in SE, SXT, Aero, Limited, and GT trim levels.
The Dart SE is pretty basic, making the SXT appealing for its air conditioning, power door locks, remote keyless entry, power mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and more. Dart Aero models mix and match SE/SXT equipment, adding a more fuel-efficient engine, aerodynamic tweaks, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and a Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen infotainment system with a reversing camera. Limited models are luxed up with leather and all the trimmings, while the Dart GT is the sport-tuned member of the family.
Engines and Transmissions:
Three different engines are offered in the 2015 Dart. The base SE model is equipped with a 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the SXT, Limited, and GT models have a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 184 horsepower. Exclusive to the Dart Aero is a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making 160 horsepower.
All except the Dart Limited are equipped with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. The Dart Aero is offered with an optional 6-speed automated manual transmission, while other versions of the Dart can be upgraded with a traditional 6-speed automatic.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In combined driving, the Dart SE returns 27 mpg to 29 mpg, depending on transmission choice. Dart Aero models are EPA-rated to get 31 mpg to 32 mpg, while the Dart SXT and Limited are estimated to provide 27 mpg regardless of transmission choice. Dart GT models get 26 mpg with the automatic transmission, and 27 mpg with the manual gearbox.
The 2015 Dodge Dart is a safe car. The NHTSA gives it a 5-star overall crash-test rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the Dart is a “Top Safety Pick.”
For a mainstream, entry-level car, the 2015 Dodge Dart can be optioned with an impressive number of high-tech features. Take the Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system, for example, which has a color 8.4-inch touchscreen display, voice-controlled Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming, satellite radio, a USB port, an SD card slot, and more. Uconnect can be upgraded with navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot connection, Travel Link services, and a 506-watt premium audio system.
Beyond these features, the Dart is offered with configurable digital instrumentation, keyless passive entry with push-button starting, ready-alert braking with rain brake support, and rain-sensing wipers. Automatic high-beam headlights are also available, along with rear parking assist sensors and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-path detection.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
September 13, 2014
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