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Day by Day Review: 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye car test drives dodge daily car reviews
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Well, this week we have something different, the 2013 Dart from Dodge—or Fiat, really. The first compact car to come to North America after the Fiat purchase of the Chrysler brand. The Dart could not have come fast enough for Dodge, the compact car segment is the largest car segment in Canada and the aging and honestly never really good Caliber needed to go.

So what we have here is an Italian-designed platform with some American tuning for the US market. The Dart is based on an Alfa Romeo platform and is powered by Fiat engines—either a 2.0L four cylinder, a 1.4L turbo-four or a 2.4L four-cylinder powerplant; as of this writing, the 2.4 is only available in the R/T model.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye car test drives dodge daily car reviews
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My tester features the smallest of the engines, the 1.4L that outputs 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque; lucky for me my Rallye edition Dart is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, which should help increase the fun quotient for the week. Although the journalist side of me really wonders what the dual-clutch six-speed is like as it is most likely the option that will sell in larger numbers.

The Dart starts at a reasonable price, right in line with its competition at $15,995. The Rallye model starts at $19,495, and from what I can gather mine is loaded up with just over $3,000 in extras, bringing the price to around $23,000 plus freight charges.

What’s included in my model? Navigation is the big ticket item after, of course, the upgrade from the standard 2.0L engine to the 1.4L turbo and six-speed manual ($1,300). Add in some nicer wheels, tire pressure monitors, automatic headlamps, and a few other features and we are up to $25K pretty quickly.

This Dart does look well equipped, though, and at first glance I do not see much missing—looking forward to this week’s adventures.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $25,235

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About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.