2013 Dodge Dart SXT test drive: bringing fun back to affordable driving
My time spent in the 2013 Dodge Dart SXT took place in and around Austin Texas during a drive event where we had a chance to experience a spread of the new Dart sedans. Since the day that the Dart debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, we have talked plenty about the aggressive interior and the massive number of options available in the Dart that were reserved for far more expensive cars but today we are all about the drive.
During the event, I was lucky enough to log a couple hundred miles behind the wheel of the Redline Red 2013 Dodge Dart SXT shown in the images on the right, which was powered by the 1.4L MultiAir turbo 4 and the 6-speed manual transmission pairing that made its US debut in the Fiat 500 Abarth. This motor packs 160 horsepower and 184lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful sedans in the class. Only the Ford Focus comes close to the Dart with the same 160hp but the Dart has a massive advantage in torque over the Focus, the Elantra, the Cruze and the Corolla – an advantage that is evident from the first time that you feel the turbo spool up.