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Dodge Dart Fails to Win Recommendation by Consumer Reports

by on November 20, 2012

In a recent statement, Consumer Reports called the all-new Dodge Dart “promising,” but in the end, the compact sedan failed to score high enough to win a coveted recommendation from the magazine.

Consumer Reports praised the 2013 Dodge Dart for its nimble handling and ride quality. But the magazine wasn’t impressed with the Dart’s powertrain options. According to the magazine, the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder is “underpowered” while the 1.4-liter four-cylinder is “raspy” and has poor drivability when paired with a manual transmission. And while the  Dodge Dart is sporty, the magazine criticizes it for its “lumpy” seats with “uneven, uncomfortable cushioning.”

But at the root of the problem may not be the Dart itself – but instead its competition.

“The Dart is the first decent compact car from Dodge in decades,” said Jake Fisher, director of the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center. “It has some solid positives. But overall it can’t yet measure up to the best in class.”

Top-rated compact sedans in its class include the Subaru Impreza, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda Mazda3, and the Chevrolet Cruze. The Ford Focus, although it received high scores, did not receive a recommendation from Consumer Reports due to its perceived poor reliability.

Consumer Reports also recently tested the all-new Chevrolet Spark small car. While the magazine praised the Spark for its roomy back seat and advanced features, it found that ride quality and noise control were poor.

For more information on the latest cars, car buyers can get the full road test results on or pick up the magazine starting Nov. 29.

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  • Don Bartlett

    I just looked and the Dodge was 16,000 while the Mazda 3 was 19,700 so that seems like a different class (20-25 % more money)

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