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2016 Dodge Dart Review

The 2016 Dodge Dart does not rank well in the highly competitive compact car class. Its lively handling and easy-to-use cabin technology are offset by an abysmal reliability rating and a poorly equipped cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Intuitive available infotainment system
  • Athletic handling
  • Above-average safety score
  • Uncomfortable front seats
  • Low reliability rating
  • Few standard features




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.5
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2016 Dodge Dart Overview

Is the 2016 Dodge Dart a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Dodge Dart is an average compact car in some ways, with decent cabin space and respectable fuel economy. As its name suggests, it’s great for zipping through city streets. It also has an excellent safety score. However, the bad outweighs the good. The Dart comes with very few standard features, has uncomfortable front seats, and earns the lowest reliability rating possible. Additionally, the base engine won’t do for highway acceleration.  

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 47 Dodge Dart reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Dodge Dart?

Based on more than 1,840 listings for this vehicle on our site, a used 2016 Dodge Dart has a price range of $10,000 to $16,100. Its average listing price is $12,600. Pricing varies depending on the car’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Dodge Dart Cost to Own?

Purchase price isn’t the only number to consider when buying a car. Ongoing costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are also a major factor. For the 2016 Dart, these expenses are estimated to be about $22,450 over five years. That’s a lot for the class; the highly ranked Honda Civic, Mazda3, and Kia Soul all have five-year costs well under $21,000.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Dart?

The 2016 Dodge Dart marked the car’s final year of production, so you cannot buy a newer model. If you’re looking for a new car that’s around the same price as a used Dart, there are few options. Those open to a subcompact may like the fun-to-drive, technology-laden 2018 Kia Rio. It starts at $13,900.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Dodge Dart?

The 2016 Dart has the lowest reliability score of two out of five from J.D. Power. The average score is a three.  

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2016 Dodge Dart Recalls

As of this writing, there are three safety recalls for the 2016 Dodge Dart. The fire extinguisher may not function properly, the windshield wipers may fail, and the powertrain may be missing backup software. Be sure these issues are addressed before you buy a used Dart.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Dart Is Best?

The Dodge Dart was introduced in 2013, and 2016 marked its final year of production. Take a look at earlier models, as there are few differences between them and the 2016 model. As a result, you may be able to find an older and better-equipped model for less money than the 2016 Dart.

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Which Used Dodge Dart Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Dart comes in five trims: SE, SXT, Aero, GT, and Limited. Most shoppers should skip the minimally equipped base Dodge Dart SE trim level, which doesn’t even come with air conditioning. Step up to the Dodge Dart SXT, which adds air conditioning, power door locks, cruise control, a USB port, Bluetooth, an upgraded audio system, and a split-folding rear seat. For the best fuel economy, choose the Dodge Dart Aero trim level. The Dodge Dart Limited adds some tech features, including the Uconnect infotainment system. The Dodge Dart GT has the liveliest driving dynamics in the lineup, thanks to its standard sport-tuned suspension.

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What Does Dodge's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Dodge offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully.

Dodge has one of the worst CPO warranties among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the Dart?

The 2016 Dart has an above-average safety score for the segment. It gets a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Dart also earns the highest rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests and an Acceptable rating (the second highest) in the small overlap front crash test.

Advanced safety features available in the Dodge Dart include rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2016 Dodge Dart Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Dart or 2016 Honda Civic?

If you want lots of features, buy the Honda Civic. Its upscale interior includes an abundance of technology, including a 5-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, and cruise control – none of which the Dart comes with. It’s also available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The Civic has comfortable front and rear seats with plenty of headroom, as well as one of the largest trunks in the class. The Civic beats the Dart's fuel economy estimates, crash test scores, and reliability rating. It was also our 2016 Best Compact Car for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Dart or 2016 Ford Focus?

The Dart isn’t the only sporty car in the class. The Ford Focus brings fun driving dynamics along with several other benefits that make it preferable to the Dodge Dart. The base Focus comes with air conditioning and power locks, as well as a voice recognition system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera. Additionally, the base Focus earns better fuel economy estimates, has more available active safety systems, and earns a marginally higher reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Dart or Chevrolet Cruze?

The Chevrolet Cruze isn’t as fun to drive as the Dart, but it’s the better compact car for comfortable commuting. The Cruze is one of the most well-equipped cars in the class. Its base model comes with features that are rarely offered as standard, including a Wi-Fi hot spot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Additionally, the Cruze has a higher reliability rating than the Dart, and it gets excellent gas mileage.

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2016 Dart Performance

How Does the 2016 Dodge Dart Drive?

Dodge offered the 2016 Dart with three engines: the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder, and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The base 2.0-liter engine generates 160 horsepower and provides modest highway acceleration. However, it has enough power for city driving. The two available engines are punchier, which is especially noticeable on the freeway. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic is available. For a compact sedan, the Dart offers agile handling and a smooth ride.

Does the 2016 Dodge Dart Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and automatic transmission, the 2016 Dart gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is on par with class estimates. The Dodge Dart Aero is the most fuel-efficient model, getting up to 28/39 mpg city/highway. With any engine, models equipped with the manual transmission earn a couple more mpg than those with the automatic.

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2016 Dart Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Dart Seat?

The Dart has room for five on cloth seats. Its cabin has good-quality materials overall and soft-touch surfaces throughout. Average-height adults will have more than enough space in the front seats, though the seats aren’t well-cushioned. Two adults can fit comfortably in the rear seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Dodge Dart?

For installing child safety seats, the Dart has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the outboard rear seats, as well as an additional upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the system Acceptable (the second-highest score) for ease of use, noting that the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seats.

2016 Dodge Dart Features

A four-speaker stereo and power windows are the only notable standard features in the base Dodge Dart SE trim. Air conditioning, power locks, and cruise control are options. Upper trims add a touch-screen infotainment system, satellite radio, a navigation system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The infotainment system has user-friendly menus, large touch-screen controls, and redundant physical buttons.

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2016 Dodge Dart Dimensions

Dodge Dart Cargo Space

The front-wheel-drive 2016 Dodge Dart has 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for a compact sedan. However, rivals like the Chevrolet Cruze and Volkswagen Jetta have bigger trunks. The Dart has a good amount of interior storage compartments, including a large center console and a hidden cubby beneath the front passenger seat.

2016 Dart Length and Weight

The Dodge Dart has an overall length of about 15.3 feet. Its curb weight ranges from 3,081 pounds to 3,215 pounds, depending on the powertrain.

Where Was the 2016 Dodge Dart Built?

The 2016 Dart was manufactured in Illinois.


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