The New 2017 Dodge Dart Put High Stakes On Sport

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Many of us know the Dodge Dart from the fairly recent offering – starting in 2012, but Dodge also produced the Dart between 1960 – 1976, so it has been part of their line-up (on & off) for quite a number of years. There has been talk that Dodge were going to pull the plug for 2017, but it seems that they have made a compromise – keeping production but offering fewer trim levels, and the models that they are offering are definitely built to a budget.

Truth be told, the last generation of the Dart was never that popular, sales were slow and people just didn’t take to it, which is strange because it looks pretty good and that is a huge part of any manufacturers strategy to sell cars – if it looks bad, it will be bad. Yes, it’s different, but in a good way. We genuinely like the look of the Dart, we’d have thought that it would be more popular – just goes to show that everyone’s different!

Whether 2017 will be a better year for the Dart remains to be seen, Dodge still may yet pull it from production at the end of the year, but you have to remember that it’s had some serious investment in it, so Dodge will only make that decision if it makes economic sense, and generally speaking, it costs money to stop production and introduce a replacement – design, build, tooling … it all mounts up!

When creating the auto engineers and designers have worked on glory – it is even seen only in appearance the car. It appears from the bad experience Dodge Caliber, failed in all major global markets, the company has made the appropriate conclusions, carefully prepare Dodge Dart for the production. During car creation bid was made solely on athletic performance, because fans of sports style has no age limit.

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Contents

1. Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cousin
2. Basic is the word for 2017 Dart
3. Budget Rules
4. Simple but Great Value

The Dart sits on the Fiat Compact Platform, which it shares with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, although for the Dart, it has been significantly modified – widened by 1.5 inches and it has a 3.7 inch longer wheelbase – it’s different enough to be called the CUSW – Compact U.S. Wide platform, so it’s almost like a new platform.

This is part of the reason as to why Dodge have invested some serious dollars – the modified platform is only used in the Dart, and they don’t come cheap!

This is why Dodge have decided to try and recoup some of the money invested by continuing with production – even limited sales are better than scrapping everything.

Dodge have a hard task ahead though – once a model starts sinking, it’s very difficult to bring it back to life, and that would normally be a good thing for the customers – reduced pricing or upping the equipment fitted are the two most often used strategies, but in this case, Dodge are just offering less trim levels. We aren’t sure how well that will work to be honest.

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Basic is the word for the 2017 Dodge Dart

The base model really is going to be just that … basic. Cloth seats, manual adjustment for seating and mirrors, no touchscreen – it will be a no-frills automobile. However, moving up to the top-specification model, you’ll get a decent amount of equipment, and when you consider the pricing – you wonder just how Dodge can make any money on it. As you may expect though, the people in charge of the budget have the final say, and in this case, they’ve obviously found their voice – trim materials like the plastic wouldn’t be out of place in a dollar store toy.

Fitted technology will include LED lighting, Uconnect Bluetooth connectivity, air-conditioning, Sirius XM satellite radio, USB port, keyless entry and go, push-button start, 10-way powered adjustable seating, 8.4-inch touchscreen, rear backup camera and tire pressure monitoring – all for $20,995.

You’ll also get upholstery options like a leather-covered steering wheel and choices of materials – while that may not sound all that impressive when compared to other vehicles, you’d have to say that for the money, it’s a bargain.

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Budget Rules

To enable them to do this, Dodge are spending zero money on updating the styling (or anything else for that matter), so you’re going to get exactly the same model as the 2016 Model Year, but with a few little, very minor tweaks.

We’re guessing that the biggest change on offer between the 2016 and ’17 models will be a couple of different color schemes, and even that might not happen.

It’s the same story under the hood – three engine choices from the predecessor; 1.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0 liter Tigershark and the 2.4 liter Tigershark. Maximum horsepower available will come from the 2.4 liter mill, and that isn’t going to set the world alight either – just 184 BHP, however, it’s adequate, especially for this type of car.

Power will be sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed transmission and that could either be stick-shift or fully automatic. Neither transmission is as good as the competition, but again, that’s all down to finances. Gas mileage is around the 25/36 MPG mark (city and highway).

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Simple but Great Value

There really isn’t much more to the story – Dodge are trying to keep the model going, but without investing any further money into it. You’d have to say that they’re wasting their time though – an already slow-seller, getting further and further behind the competition, without having any money spent on it – it’s a surefire recipe for making life difficult, and with no future plans in place to update it, customers are unlikely to want to buy it – we suspect that it will end up as a college student’s car – cheap, cheerful, reliable, looks OK but wouldn’t be the first choice.

Onto the slightly better news though … pricing will remain static, and it’s already very well-priced; the base model hit’s the showroom at $17,995 and prices rise all the way up to the previously mentioned flagship – $20,995.

For that sort of money, you could almost afford to buy one and throw it away when you’re done with it (and to be honest, resale values are going to be through the floor, so you may end up doing just that).

For what it’s worth, if you’ve got $20,000 to spend on a car, we’d recommend taking the used route – you’d get a much better car, wouldn’t lose anywhere near as much money, and overall, it would just be a better experience.

Having said that, if you’re adamant that you want a 2017 Dodge Dart sitting on your driveway, then they are available right now – head down to your local Dodge dealer and strap-up.

What are your thoughts on the 2017 Dodge Dart? Is it a car that should have been put out to pasture a long time ago, or are Dodge doing the right thing by keeping production going? We like the styling, but there isn’t much else to love about it – tell us what you think.

In terms of interior finishing, quality materials are used, however, it affects the availability of choices: there are 14 different types of interior design options all available to order. It is able to satisfy the most pretentious taste.

Note detailed and thoughtful execution of even small items, such as illuminated door handles, or the presence in the glove compartment of a special department for the iPad.
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Despite claiming that Dart is a sport sedan, it is ordinary car with just a little touch of sportiness. However, a pretty good one.

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