Official: 2013 Dodge Dart Aero offers 41mpg
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.
It will be interesting to learn what modifications have been made to the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero as this 40+mpg drivetrain is similar to the one found in other models with lesser fuel economy measures. For instance, non-Aero Dart sedans fitted with the 1.4L turbo motor and the 6-speed manual transmission offer 39mpg on the highway, 27 around town and the same 32mpg as the Aero models while those non-Aero models equipped with the turbo motor and the dual clutch transmission see the combined figure drop to 31mpg while highway figures drop to 37mpg.