The Dodge Dart started out as a rear-wheel drive muscle car almost 50 years ago. Engine options ranged from inline 6-cylinders to fire breathing 8-cylinders. Today’s version is completely different – it’s a front-wheel drive compact powered exclusively by a lineup of four-cylinder engines.
HISTORY OF THE DODGE DART
It was the year 1960; Domino’s Pizza was founded and Muhammad Ali won the light-heavyweight gold medal at the summer Olympics. The Dodge Dart was also introduced. The car was designed to replace Plymouth in the standard, low-priced car segment. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that the Dart became the famed muscle car gearheads dream about. Unfortunately, the cool streak was short lived. By the mid 1970s it had become underpowered and ugly. Finally, Dodge pulled the plug on the Dart in 1976.
Fast forward 37 years and you’ll find the Dodge reintroduced it as a 2013 model. The modern version was sold only as a sedan in the states. Outside, the Dart is stylish yet not offensive. It has a look that everyone can accept. Inside, the sedan is full of high quality materials, with all of the modern gizmos and gadgets available, including an 8.4-inch touchscreen interface.
Three trim levels were made available: SE, SXT, Limited and GT. Standard equipment includes power windows, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a folding rear seat and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. Standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags.
Under the hood you’ll find either a 2.0L 4-cylinder, 2.4L 4-cylinder or 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Transmission options include either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
The Dart may not be the same vehicle it was 46 years ago, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It offers a whole lot in a small package. Plus, there’s no reason to cling to things from the past. So, embrace the future by driving a new Dart and throwing out that tie dye t-shirt. Maybe your lava lamp, too.