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2013 Dodge Dart Review

A poor reliability rating pushes the 2013 Dodge Dart to the bottom third of our rankings. However, used Darts do have sharp handling, attractive interior materials, and low ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious front and rear seating
  • Attractive, first-rate cabin materials
  • Sharp steering
  • Low fuel economy rating from base engine
  • Lackluster acceleration




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.5
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2013 Dodge Dart Overview

Is the 2013 Dodge Dart a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Dodge Dart has roomy front and rear seats, as well as good crash test ratings. It also has a selection of diverse available engines – one gets an estimated 39 mpg on the highway. In the end, however, it’s hard to consider a used 2013 Dodge Dart a good car due to its rock-bottom reliability score.

Used 2013 Dodge Dart Performance and Interior

Each 2013 Dodge Dart offers one of three four-cylinder engines. The base version has 160 horsepower, but it produces lackluster acceleration. R/T models have a more potent, more satisfying 184-horsepower engine. Finally, there’s a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that also makes 160 horsepower. It has more torque than the base engine and provides better acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic is available for the base and R/T models. The turbo-four has an available automated manual transmission.

The Dart is well-regarded for its ride and handling over a variety of road surfaces. Fuel economy ratings range from 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, up to 28/39 mpg city/highway with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission.

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The 2-row 2013 Dodge Dart seats five on standard cloth upholstery. The passenger cabin is notable for its soft-touch materials. Adults will have plenty of room in the front seats – surprising for a compact car. The second row is comfortable for most adults, but probably not for extended periods of time. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the Dart’s rear outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor.

The base Dart is not well-equipped – not even air conditioning is standard. It includes a four-speaker stereo system with an auxiliary jack. Dodge’s Uconnect Touch infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen is available, as are a six- or nine-speaker stereo, a navigation system, a USB port, an SD card slot, and Bluetooth. Some of the infotainment system’s menus may be confusing at first, but the system is easy to use overall. The Dart has average cargo space for the class, but its small trunk opening makes it difficult to load bulky items, and exposed hinges impinge on usable space.

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Used 2013 Dodge Dart Prices

Prices range from about $6,900 for the Dodge Dart SE trim to around $9,100 for the Limited trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Dodge Dart?

The 2013 Dodge Dart has a reliability score of two out of five from J.D. Power. That’s the lowest score possible.

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How Safe Is the Dart?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2013 Dodge Dart a Top Safety Pick+. The Dart earned the top rating of Good for the moderate overlap front, side, roof, and rear crash tests. It received an Acceptable rating, the second-highest score, for the driver’s side small overlap front crash test. The Dart earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and four for the rollover crash test. A rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring are available in some models.

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Is the 2013 Dart the Best Model Year to Buy?

The Dodge Dart launched in 2013 and ceased production after the 2016 model year. The 2014 Dart offers the 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine in more trims than the previous model year, but it saw no changes to the features list. There were no significant updates to the 2015 model. Stick with the 2013 Dart; you’ll save money without sacrificing any major features.

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Which Used Dodge Dart Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Dodge Dart comes in five trims: SE, Aero, SXT, Rallye, and Limited. The base trim Dart SE is lightly equipped with power windows and a four-speaker stereo system. The Aero trim adds fuel-saving enhancements, like low-resistance tires and cruise control. The Dodge Dart SXT builds on the SE trim by adding dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, and power door locks. The Rallye offers dual exhaust tips, steering wheel audio controls, and projector fog lights. The top-of-the-line Dodge Dart Limited adds automatic headlights, power heated mirrors with supplemental signals, front passenger in-seat storage, and ambient LED interior lighting. The SXT trim level offers the best balance of cost and features. If you’re most concerned with fuel economy, however, consider the Aero for its estimated 39 mpg highway rating.

With the Dart’s lowest-possible reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. For certified pre-owned Chrysler vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program. 

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2013 Dodge Dart and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Dodge Dart or 2013 Mazda3?

The Mazda3 is a better vehicle than the Dart in almost every way. It’s available as a sedan or a hatchback, while the Dart comes only as a sedan. The Mazda3 has engaging handling and good acceleration from all engines, and it earns a better reliability score. The sedan version has less cargo space than the Dart, but the hatchback is much roomier.

Which Is Better: 2013 Dodge Dart or 2013 Hyundai Elantra?

The Elantra comes in three body styles – sedan, coupe, and hatchback – and it has better handling. The Dodge will give you a more powerful base engine. Neither vehicle has a good reliability score. In this competitive class, there are better choices.

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