When Dodge announced that it was reviving the legendary Dart nameplate for 2012, many MOPAR enthusiasts jumped with excitement and nostalgia. However, when the production model debuted, the hearts of many MOPAR enthusiasts sank because the car that was wearing the iconic nameplate was not a muscle car, but instead it was a compact sedan built on a Fiat chassis.
Four years later, the Dodge Dart continues to hold its ground in the extremely competitive compact sedan segment in the U.S. In order to keep up with its segment competitors, the entire 2016 Dart lineup gets a minor refresh and a couple of equipment changes. The 2016 Dodge Dart is available in five trim levels; SE, SXT, Aero, GT, and Limited. Today, we will be shining the spotlight on the sportier Dart, the SXT.
The 2016 Dodge Dart SXT is powered by a SOHC 16-valve 2.4 L inline-four cylinder with aluminum block and heads, and port fuel injection. The motor produces 184 horsepower at 6250 rpm and 174 lb.ft. torque at 4800 rpm. An optional engine is a PZEV (Pure Zero Emissions Vehicle) version of the 2.4 L engine which produces the same 184 horsepower, but the torque output drops to 171 lb.ft.
The standard transmission is a six-speed manual gearbox and the optional unit is a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode for an additional $1,250.
Regardless of the transmission choice, the fuel efficiency for the 2016 Dodge Dart SXT is rated at 22 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. The Dart can hold 14.2 gallons of regular unleaded fuel and has a cruising range of 312.40 miles in the city and 497 miles on the highway.
The Dodge Dart was the first production car after the merger between Chrysler Corporation and Fiat Automobiles. The Dart shares its chassis with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta compact hatchback. The wheelbase is 106.4 inches long, the overall length is 183.9 in, the width is 73.0 in, and the height is 57.7 in.
Te passenger volume inside the cabin measures 97.2 cubic feet and the cargo volume in the trunk is 13.1 cubic feet with the rear seats up. Without fuel, the Dart weighs in at 3244 pounds.
Options and Packages
The 2016 Dodge Dart SXT starts at $19,000 and offers a host of additional packages to make your Dart a one-of–a-kind machine.
The 8.4 in UCONNECT Touchscreen Group ($595) includes a 8.4 in touchscreen infotainment display, glove box lamp, illuminated instrument panel surround, iPod control, and remote USB port.
The Black Top Package ($295) includes 18 x 7.5 in gloss black aluminum wheels, 225/40R-18 XL all-season tires, black fog lamp spear and bezel, and gloss black exterior mirrors.
The California Appearance Package ($595), which is only available in California, includes 17 x 7.5 in granite crystal aluminum wheels, 225/45R-17 all-season tires, black crosshair grille surround, dual exhaust with bright tips, fog lamps, leather-wrapped shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Rallye Group, rear stabilizer bar, and touring suspension.
The Cold Weather Package ($495) includes 205/55R-16 all-season tires, body color power heated mirrors, and heated front seats.
The Rallye Appearance Package ($595) includes 17 x 7.5 granite crystal aluminum wheels, 225/45R-17 all-season tires, active grille shutters, black crosshair grille and surround, dual exhaust with bright tips, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, “Rallye” badge, Rallye Group, rear stabilizer bar, touring suspension, underbody aerodynamic treatment, and leather-wrapped shift knob.
Additional standalone options for the 2016 Dodge Dart SXT include Dual Exhaust exterior package by MOPAR ($680) which includes black front chin spoiler, black rear diffuser, and black side sills.
Interior Auto Transmission by MOPAR ($615) includes cargo net, all-weather floor mats, cargo tray, and stainless door sill guards.
The Interior Manual Transmission by MOPAR ($615) includes cargo net, all-weather floor mats, cargo tray, leather-wrapped shift knob, and stainless door sill guards.
The Single Exhaust exterior package by MOPAR ($520) includes black front chin spoiler and black side sills.
Sun/Sound Group ($1,395) includes 506 watt amplifier, 8.4 in touchscreen display, 9 Alpine speakers with subwoofer, glove box lamps, iPod control, power express open/close sunroof, remote USB port, and Radio 8.4.
Miscellaneous options include a compact spare tire ($395), Radio and Navigation ($595), and Sirius XM Satellite Radio with one-year subscription ($195).
Safety and Convenience
Like its main competitors, the 2016 Dodge Dart SXT includes a host of active and passive safety features and conveniences.
Some of the active safety features include four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel ABS, vented front discs, brake assist and hill hold assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), and ABS and Driveline Traction Control.
Passive safety features in the Dodge Dart include body colored power side mirrors with manual folding, fully automatic projector beam halogen daytime running lights with delay off, manual tilt/telescoping steering column, side impact beams, dual stage driver and passenger seat mounted side airbags, dual stage driver and passenger front airbags, 1st and 2nd row curtain airbags, airbag occupant sensor, driver and passenger knee airbags and rear side-impact airbag, rear child safety lock, tire specific low pressure warning,, and outboard front lap and shoulder safety belts; including rear center 3-point belts with height adjusters and pretensioners.
The 2016 Dodge Dart SXT is available for sale at your nearest Dodge dealer nationwide. The Dart has a starting price of $19,000 and a well equipped model can be yours for less than $24,000.
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