2013 Dodge Dart First Drive Review: Exterior
What's New for 2013:
- aggressive, aerodynamic design
- Dodge returns to compact sedan market
How It Looks:
Instead of using retro design cues to match the old nameplate, the 2013 Dodge Dart does the complete opposite by blending a modern and aggressive style with smooth and aerodynamic lines. Thanks to the Mopar Muscle Cars of Austin, we found a 1968 Dart GTS to compare side by side with the new Dart. While the two cars couldn't look any more different, both had the iconic crosshair grille which makes Dodge's decision to remove the old ram's head logo even better. The new Dart's sloped hood, narrow headlights and bulging fenders give the car a strong face, but the signature grille helps create a unique look across each trim level. Rallye and R/T models get blacked-out accents and tinted headlights for a flashier look, while the Limited, SE and SXT trim levels have a more conservative appearance. The rear view of the Rallye and R/T are also spruced up with standard integrated dual exhaust outlets adding a sportier, although the crown jewel of the new Dart is the rear iconic "racetrack" taillight design that features a light bar appliqué made up of 152 LEDs - this is standard on the R/T and optional on the SXT, Rallye and Limited. Whatever the cost is for this option, it's more than worth it as these lights, like the new Dodge Charger, make the Dart easily recognizable from a distance. If there is any complaint to be made about the Dart's design, it is the fact that this six-side grille shape is getting a little overused as evident by newer Ford and Hyundai models.
Although the Dodge Dart will always be compared to its European counterpart, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, there are more differences that set the two apart aside from one being a hatchback and the other a sedan including being longer and having a wider track. All models have a black accent on the rear fascia which Dodge says helps to make the car look wider and lower. Finally, a variety of wheels complete the Dart's stylish look ranging from steel wheels with hubcaps to black-finished aluminum wheels - a first for this segment.