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2015 Dodge Dart Review



Dodge hasn’t really dipped its toe into the compact car market since it stopped producing the Neon many years ago. In its day, the Neon was a nice little car, sporty but functional with a little kick to it that made it slightly better than its competition at the height of its popularity. They seem to be taking those lessons seriously with the Dart and running with them. If you want to get your hands on one, head to¬†Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

There aren’t a whole lot of changes between the 2014 and 2015 Dart, but 2014 introduced an expanded range of running gear and improved many of the early problems the model had with drivability, so it’s good to see those changes carrying over. The Dart seems to be part of a larger trend by Dodge to not mess with what works this year, something I can’t imagine many people complaining about. Since the 2015 Dodge Dart is so reliable, you should consider this entry-level bargain.

There are a number of engine configurations to choose from in the Dart, including a 160 horsepower, 2.0 liter, four cylinder option and a 184 horsepower 2 liter that is easily the most powerful of the bunch. The best all around engine choice is probably the 1.4 liter, turbocharged 160 horsepower engine. This one will give you all of the torque, acceleration, and response that you’ll need. It is sporty and closely matches the sleek interior design and the low stance of the front end. A 6-speed C635 manual transmission comes standard on all models with the exception of the Limited trim line: That model includes a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The interior is also something special. Much of what you find inside is really not what one comes to expect from a compact car, such as the 8.4 inch touchscreen for navigation and a rear camera. It also has a smaller screen sitting among the instruments in order to give the driver even easier access to abridged information. The seats are comfortable and well placed, with enough room in the back for most adults to be able to sit without feeling claustrophobic.

The materials used are soft as well, which is a nice touch to this model. The dash and steering wheel have great hand feels to them and add to the sportiness and luxury of the whole experience. It’s nice to be able to drive while in pleasant surroundings and the 2015 Dart certainly provides that.

Safety is another place where the Dart absolutely excels. It received top five-star ratings overall from the federal government and Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), having scored almost perfectly in all safety rating tests. The Honda Civic is the only car rated higher in safety than the Dart this year. Part of that is that it comes with 10 air bags, blind spot alert, cross-traffic detection, and a whole suite of electronic safety measures. The Dart is the first to introduce these items to the compact class.

The 2015 Dodge Dart is safe, elegant, and reliable. Dodge will probably roll out some major changes in the next couple of years, but for now this is plenty of car for even the most dedicated driver.

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