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Official: 2013 Dodge Dart Aero offers 41mpg

While there were skeptics out there who questioned whether the Chrysler Group would be able to offer a version of their new compact Dodge Dart that yields better than 40 miles per gallon – official information on the government fuel economy website reveals that both the manual and automatic versions of the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero offer at least 40 miles per gallon.

The Chrysler Group hasn’t offered any details on the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero but the Mopar diehards at Allpar.com noticed that the new high fuel economy trimline of the new Dart was listed on the FuelEconomy.gov website. This vehicle is available only with the turbocharged 1.4L MultiAir 4-cylinder Fiat engine mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or the new 6-speed dual clutch automatic with the manual models offering 41 miles per gallon on the highway while the mileage drops only 1 tick to 40mpg for the automatic models. On top of offering better than 40mpg with either transmission, the Dart Aero offers 28 miles per gallon around town and a combined figure of 32 miles per gallon regardless of the transmission choice.

In addition to being the most fuel efficient engine in the 2013 Dodge Dart lineup, the turbocharged 1.4L MultiAir engine is also the most powerful in terms of torque output with 184lb-ft while also offering 160 horsepower. This means that not only will the Dart Aero be incredibly fuel efficient for a car of its size but it will also offer the same driving excitement as the other turbocharged models across the lineup – a feature that is hard to find with the super-efficient trimlines that generally sacrifice all in the name of better mpg.


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