2013 Dodge Dart First Drive Review
After bringing back classic names like Charger and Challenger in recent years, Chrysler's Dodge brand is going to yet another name from its past by resurrecting the Dart for 2013. While the Challenger and redesigned Charger look like their historical counterparts, though, the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart is aimed more toward the consumer at which the original Dart was aimed: youthful buyers looking for a low-priced car. Based on a modified platform shared with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the new Dodge Dart replaces the Dodge Caliber and gives Dodge a compact sedan for the first time since the Neon was dropped in 2005. More importantly, the 2013 Dart is the first all-new vehicle since Chrysler and Fiat tied the knot showing the potential for platform sharing between these two automakers. Both of these are important milestones from an internal standpoint, but we headed to Austin, Texas to drive the 2013 Dodge Dart and try to see where it stands in the fast-growing compact sedan segment that has seen impressive improvements in styling, fuel economy, technology and even luxury over the last couple years.