I really wanted to like the Dodge Dart. The exterior styling is wonderful, and the interior cabin space is great. I love the very comfortable yet supportive cloth seats, and the center stack is filled out perfectly thanks to the large touchscreen system. When outside and inside work so nicely together, you’d expect a winning result. It’s clear, however, that this is not always the case because there’s another very important part of the good-car equation.
The engine and transmission.
On this particular 2013 Dodge Dart, the 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder turbo sits paired with a dual-clutch six-speed gearbox. This is the same engine found under the bodywork of the Fiat 500 Abarth. I found the engine entertaining during my time with the Fiat, but I can’t say the same for the Dart. It doesn’t work here, and the transmission does not feel like a dual clutch unit.
It’s frustrating… I truly wanted to love the new Dart, but that’s not the case.
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