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Hitting at least 40 miles per gallon is practically a necessity to compete in the compact car segment these days, and the 2013 Dodge Dart has hit this mark with the all-new Aero package. The Dart Aero is Dodge's fuel economy package for the car that starts at $19,295 (not including the $795 destination charge), and while Hyundai has been saving the asterisks since 2010, many other automakers use a similar method to get that magic 40-mpg rating onto the Monroney label.

The Dart Aero receives Fiat's 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo I4 and numerous other changes to hit up to 41 mpg highway with the manual transmission which is an improvement of 2 mpg alone over Chrysler's initial estimates for the car. Opting for the new dual dry clutch transmission will drop the highway number to an even 40 mpg – cars with either transmission are rated at 28 mpg city and 32 mpg combined. These are significant gains over initial Dart models with the 2.0-liter engine that were rated at up to 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway/29 mpg combined. This new engine also delivers the same 160 horsepower as the base engine, but it adds an extra 36 pound-feet of torque rated at 184 lb-ft.

Other than the new engine and the advanced DDCT gearbox, the Dart Aero was able to deliver such an improvement in fuel economy courtesy of a lower profile, active grille shutters, underbody aero kit and low-rolling resistance tires.

Compared to the base 2013 Dart, the Aero package is a $3,300 premium, but cars like the Focus SFE, Civic HF, Cruze Eco, Mazda3 Skyactiv and Jetta TDI all charge a premium for playing in the 40-mpg sandbox. Included in this higher price, the Dart Aero comes standard with some of the Dart's unique features like the 8.4-inch media center, the Dart's seven-inch TFT gauge cluster and one of the car's most stylish elements, the LED "racetrack" taillights.

It isn't clear when the Dart Aero will be on sale, but Chrysler says that the car went into production over the summer. Scroll down to read the full press release on this car.
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All-new 2013 Dodge Dart Aero Model Delivers up to 41 mpg With the Award-winning 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo Engine and a Starting U.S. MSRP of $19,295

-The Dodge Dart Aero model is a stylish, no-compromise, fuel-efficient and powerful new addition to the already award-winning Dodge Dart line-up

-Powered by Fiat's award-winning 1.4-liter MultiAir intercooled turbo engine, the Dodge Dart Aero model delivers 184 lb.-ft. of torque and up to 41 miles per gallon on the highway

-Sales of the all-new Dodge Dart continue to gain momentum - with September sales up 72 percent – the third consecutive double or triple-digit month-over-month sales increase

-Dart named 2013 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick


October 4, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Dodge brand today announced pricing on its newest, most fuel-efficient Dart model, the Dodge Dart Aero, which features a starting U.S. Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $19,295 (excluding $795 destination).

Powered by the sporty, fun-to-drive and advanced 1.4-liter MultiAir intercooled turbo engine combined with several aerodynamic enhancements, including lightweight aluminum chassis components, active grille shutters, underbody aero kit, a lowered profile and low-rolling resistance tires, the Dodge Dart Aero model achieves an impressive 41 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway with the six-speed manual and 40 mpg on the highway with the six-speed Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDCT).

"The all-new Dodge Dart is a groundbreaking vehicle, offering features and benefits never before offered in a compact car," said Reid Bigland, President CEO - Dodge Brand. "The new Dart Aero builds on these attributes by combining a remarkable 41mpg with interior room of a mid-size car and class-leading technology, style and safety, for only $19,295."

The Dodge Dart Aero model also is packed with a slew of standard features, such as the 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine, an unsurpassed 10 standard airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control, cruise control, auto headlamps, air conditioning with micron filter, power windows and locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, projector headlamps and class-exclusive LED 'racetrack' taillamps.

High-tech features, including the class-exclusive 8.4-inch touchscreen media center and 7-inch TFT reconfigurable gauge cluster, also are available on the Dodge Dart Aero.

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Loaded with innovative technology, class-leading safety features and clever functionality, the 2013 Dodge Dart sets a new standard in the compact car segment by offering unmatched personalization, roominess, style, functionality and fun-to-drive dynamics, all starting at a U.S. MSRP of just $15,995.

Production of the Dodge Dart Aero model started at the Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant in the third quarter of 2012.

About the Dodge Brand:
For nearly 100 years, Dodge has defined passionate and innovative vehicles that stand apart in performance and in style. Building upon its rich heritage of muscle cars, racing technology and ingenious engineering, Dodge offers a full-line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs built for top performance – from power off the line and handling in the corners, to high-quality vehicles that deliver unmatched versatility and excellent fuel efficiency. Only Dodge offers such innovative functionality combined with class-leading performance, exceptional value and distinctive design. With the all-new 41 mpg 2013 Dodge Dart, the all-new Dodge Charger paired with the ZF eight-speed transmission that achieves a class-leading 31 miles per gallon on the highway, the new Durango and the significantly revamped Grand Caravan – inventor of the minivan – Journey, Avenger and iconic Challenger, Dodge now has one of the youngest dealer showrooms in the United States.


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      Tfree
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw 2 electric versions running around outside Denver last summer. No tailpipe. No engine noise.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      $19K for a compact. How's about no.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Have you been car shopping in the past 10 years? Something tells me you haven't. This is an AVERAGE price for a C segment vehicle.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        yes yes, I suck for complaining about the high price of cars. Most of the rest of you enjoy paying what is essentially a mortgage payment for something that will last a few years and then fall apart. Meanwhile, my 2000 Ford Ranger, with well over 100,000 miles, runs perfectly fine, and I will keep it running that way too. A friend bought a used mid-sized car, 25,000 miles, for $15,000. Leather, full options, sun roof, 6 disk, etc. So go ahead, buy a $19,000 compact car, lose $5,000 as soon as it hits the road off the lot. Meanwhile, I will continue my lavish lifestyle of flying to Vegas (typing on the plane right now), horseback riding on Sundays, three-somes with two fine young women in Tampa (that doesn't cost me anything, it is just fun to remind everyone), eating healthy organic food (stuff isn't cheap), and generally enjoying life. Opposed to buying a Dodge...for $19,000. Just started dating this blonde psychologist (might have to give up the three-some) - she lives in a tiny apartment, drives a 2003 Sebring Convertible, but owns two horses, travels, enjoys life. Have priorities people....a $19,000 dodge isn't one of mine. So again I say, "How's about no."
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Strawman argument much?
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          What strawman? Everyone here thinks I am crazy for not wanting to pay $19k for a Dodge. A Dodge.... Too bad it has to be up to me, your friendly right wing extremist (starved 3 children today) to stand up fr the little guy in protesting the high cost of basic transportation. Billions of people die every day, simply because they don't have cars. And you support that. Well I for one think the working poor should have cars. Poor and minorities are hit hardest by high vehicle prices. Makes me think you don't like minorities.
          fast156GTA
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          How about picking this jewel later then? Second hand it must be fitting your lifestyle perfectly. An offer you can't refuse. Keep your money in your pockets if you can wait while others drive new cars. Yes, new cars are expensive, all off them! So you clearly aren't in the market for a new car. Now we know and move on.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          @fast Excellent argument, that way I can also see the consumer report issue ahead of time to see if it holds up like most other dodge's do. Then after all of the fleet sales, I will get it for $5k. Great post dude! :)
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Abarthlyness
      • 2 Years Ago
      $19,295 for this car is a hell of a good price IMO. $19,295 + 160hp/185tq + 6 speed + 41 mpg Hwy = a segment leader in a sexy package Lets see, it's lighter due to a smaller gas tank and MAJOR suspension/chassis components being made from aluminum, it is lower to the ground, has the BEST drivetrain option boxes checked (1.4t / 6 Speed) and has a lot of the most popular CLASS EXCLUSIVE tech features features such as the "Racetrack" tails, the 8.4" center stack touch screen with back up cam/cross-path detection, and better yet, the FTF 7" customizable gauge cluster display, only available on the more expensive Limited up till now. These will sell like hot cakes at this price point.
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Abarthlyness
        At least choose a lower profile screen name...
        Karfreek
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Abarthlyness
        I driven a few of these with the 1.4L Stick. Below 2500rpm it can not get out of its own way. Then at 2500 it a like someone hit the boost button. Shift too early and you are below 2500 and in the dead zone waiting for power. This may be OK in a lighter Abarth but not in a sedan with 3-4 people in it. Dodge needs to fix this. Oh, and I own 3 Chryslers right now, so I am not a hater. Just want them to fix this, or make it better.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is being aerodynamic an option? I find it sad that people want less aerodynamic cars because they are expecting a certain conventional 'look'. I guess I'm just an engineer who sees beauty in functionality.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Yes, and why does it cost more? It's 2012 and it should be like 'the jetsons' for chrissake, what's wrong with a futuristic looking gas sipper anyway?
          PeterScott
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          "including lightweight aluminum chassis components, active grille shutters, underbody aero kit, a lowered profile and low-rolling resistance tires" Do you think these things are free?
          ehisforadam
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Not to mention it's got the 1.4L turbo which itself is a $1300 option. Unfortunately the article and press release doesn't point out the Aero also has a smaller fuel tank, at least that's what all the early reports I've seen on it say.
          Ducman69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Why does it cost more? Is that a serious question, or did you not actually read the article? Adding active grill shutters and a smooth underbody kit that can stand up to the abuse an undercarriage will see (not just debris and clearance issues from time to time, but the heat of the exhaust as well) is obviously going to cost something in and of itself. The lower suspension won't be idea for everyone, and more options on the line cost money. Not sure how the low-rolling resistance tires compare in price to the standard ones.
          Ducman69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Oh, and of course this part about base-model options that come standard on the Aero package: " the Dart Aero comes standard with some of the Dart's unique features like the 8.4-inch media center, the Dart's seven-inch TFT gauge cluster and one of the car's most stylish elements, the LED "racetrack" taillights."
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          I could have clarified - i mean why does it not come standard, and is thus mass produced, lowering the cost of that option? An underbody panel is not expensive to implement, and an active grille is not too expensive either. Rear wheel covers would be cheap. Aerodynamically styled bumpers/fenders/wheels etc. don't cost a penny more to put on every car, if it is standard. This is how hybrids are designed - there is no such thing as an 'aero' trim. Why not just put all that on the base car?
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Spec, its more than that....it usually involves low rolling resistance tires which penalize outright handling....
          Camaroman101
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          true, and then it'd get penalized for bad handling in comparo reviews if the competition all has regular all seasons
        Generic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Because anything fuel economy related holds a premium in price now days. It used to be stickers, spoilers, extra lights. Now it's just fuel economy improvements. Unless a buyer of this car drives mostly HWY and gets the top end fuel economy rating, this and other cars are getting awful close to hybrid car prices now.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      After seeing a plethora of hugely overweight gas guzzlers released by Dodge/Chrysler (like the 4160 pound Challenger coupe), it is refreshing to see they actually DO know how to make a great frugal car. They kept the family resemblance with the grill and tails, but its not huge or gaudy, and they put nice but not unnecessarily huge/heavy (18" seems all the rage for some reason), well done. Looks like a great everyday commuter, my only gripe would be that I'd like to see the Southern states have a no-cost or reduced-cost summer tire option. We really don't need all-seasons in Houston, and tires like these generally take so long to wear out that its annoying to have to wait until its time for replacement.
        May
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Well, they don't. Technically Dart is nothing but European Alfa Giulietta or Fiat Bravo/Viaggio.
        GreenN_Gold
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        "tires like these generally take so long to wear out that its annoying to have to wait until its time for replacement." Talk about your first world problems. "My tires last too long."
      Duck
      • 2 Years Ago
      This vehicle requires 91 octane. It takes more raw-crude to refine higher octane fuels, even when working with light (sweet) crudes. There is also about a 7.5% price difference between 87 octane and 91 octane gas as a national average. So whether you are a tree hugger or just trying to save yourself money at the pump on gas; the 41 MPG Dart should be considered a 37-38 MPG vehicle when comparing to most others that run on low-octane. Still good, but not an industry leader, especially compared to similar engines like Hyundais that returns 38 MPG on 87octane but while producing considerably more horsepower over a broader torque curve (Veloster Turbo) without the need for poor-traction low roll resistance tires.
        techie69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Duck
        To add this car got gadgets to distract the discernable buyer that likes nice designs or super reliability!
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fuel misers should note that this car takes premium gas.
        Ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Crap! I just did some research and can confirm this. 91 octane is recommended, and while it will run on 87 octane, it retards the ignition and richens the mixture to cool the charge and prevent detonation. That means any savings gleamed from 87 octane are surely lost to reduced fuel efficiency (and of course come with a peak horsepower drop too). Doh! Dollar for dollar that means a 7% drop in fuel-economy compared to a vehicle running 87 octane, which is about a 3MPG drop. Consider the Dodge Dart Aero a 38mpg "regular" gas vehicle equivalent. :(
        bullitt2605
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Really that's going to be a deal killer for a lot of people to bad I saw one of these in Denver yesterday and it's not bad looking.
        MyerShift
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        The point is to use less fuel overall versus anything else.
          MyerShift
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MyerShift
          Hyundai's vehicles have struggled to meet mileage estimates in real life, and the Veloster is an ungainly lookimg, not very practical hatch. Try again, please.
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      To those complaining about Premium fuel and its cost, the difference per TANK would be maybe, three dollars most. That isn't enough to bitch about.
        Generic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MyerShift
        Unfortunately, every consumer isn't you. Some gas stations charge a extra premium for premium fuel, so it can be well over .30 compared to regular fuel. If you really want to figure out the math, add 3$ for every tank of ownership of the car. btw, it would be $.3.32 per tank extra (assuming the tank was empty) I'd personally NEVER buy a fuel saving car that required premium fuel.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've already have a car like this from chrysler, it's called a dodge neon, and it do about the same mpg with regular fuel and it still run fine. Im therefor not interrested to buy.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        Another genius who didn't read the post. This is not meant for people to go from base model to aero model. The aero comes with upgrades seen in higher trim levels so you are paying 3 grand JUST for the fuel economy upgrade. Besides that, almost nobody buys base trims anyway.
      John Friedl
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK.. so an extra $3300 for the aero package. For that you get an extra 3mpg combined, the payback is over 16 YEARS!
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