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Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.5
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2015 Dodge Dart Review

The 2015 Dodge Dart ranks in the bottom third of the compact car class. Its lively handling isn’t enough to overcome its poor reliability rating and lack of standard features.

Pros & Cons

  • Swift acceleration
  • Lithe handling
  • Low reliability rating
  • Few standard features
  • Front seats aren’t well-cushioned

2015 Dodge Dart Overview

Is the 2015 Dodge Dart a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Dart is not a good compact car. While it has roomy seats and sporty handling that makes it fun to drive, this Dodge has too many downsides compared to its rivals. The base Dart has few standard features, a poor reliability rating, and front seats that are not comfortable for longer drives. In this competitive class, there are lots of cars that offer the Dart’s advantages without its drawbacks.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our Dodge Dart review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 49 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Dodge Dart?

Our site has more than 800 listings for the 2015 Dodge Dart, with an average list price of $12,200. Prices range from $9,000 to $15,400, and they vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Dodge Dart Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on the 2015 Dart are estimated to be around $24,770 over five years, or about $4,950 per year. That’s above average in the class. For comparison, those same costs are estimated to be around $1,240 less over five years for the 2015 Honda Civic and around $3,630 less for the 2015 Mazda3.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Dodge Dart?

Dodge discontinued the Dart after the 2016 model year. There are no new compact cars that are comparable in price to a 2015 Dodge Dart. You’ll need to step down to a subcompact car class to find something. The 2019 Ford Fiesta has a retail price of $14,260, and it’s more engaging to drive than the 2015 Dart, with its peppy engine and sporty handling. The 2019 Hyundai Accent starts at $14,995 and has more available tech features than the Dart, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a slightly larger trunk.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Dart Is Best?

The 2015 Dart is part of a generation that launched for the 2013 model year, and 2016 marked its final year of production. Dodge made few major changes to the Dart during that time, so you might be able to spend less money and get a virtually identical Dart from a previous model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Dodge Dart?

The 2015 Dart has the lowest possible reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Dodge Dart Recalls

As of this writing, four recalls have been issued on the 2015 Dart. One concerns a malfunctioning tire pressure monitoring system, while another addresses a problem with the transmission shifting unexpectedly. Additionally, the powertrain control module and the fire extinguisher may malfunction if recall service is not performed. Before buying this sedan, make sure these issues have been addressed by a Dodge dealer.

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Which Used Dodge Dart Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Dart is available in five trim levels: SE, SXT, Aero, GT, and Limited. It’s best to skip the SE and get the SXT for its added convenience and tech features. Shoppers looking for more safety features will need to step up to the GT or Limited trim and get the Technology Group package.

The base SE sedan is sparsely equipped, featuring cloth upholstery, power windows, an auxiliary input jack, and a four-speaker stereo. It also has a 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. When it was new, the SE trim was available with a Convenience Group package, so you might find a car with air conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

The SXT gains the contents of the Convenience Group package as standard, along with a six-speaker stereo, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a rear-seat armrest, automatic headlights, power door locks, and alloy wheels. It has a 2.4-liter engine that makes 184 horsepower. Some SXT models have an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, a rearview camera, a sunroof, heated front seats, and remote start.  

The Aero is the most fuel-efficient trim in the lineup. It has a similar equipment list to the SXT, though it loses the rear-seat armrest and adds the 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It throws in low-rolling resistance tires and uses a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo-four engine.

The Dodge Dart GT returns to the 2.4-liter engine. It also has a sport-tuned suspension, an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. The GT is also the first trim that’s available with the Technology Group package, which contains rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams.

The Dodge Dart Limited is the top-of-the-line trim. It adds a standard navigation system and a sunroof. The safety features above and a nine-speaker Alpine stereo are available.

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Certified Pre-Owned Dodge Dart Warranty

For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty 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 Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

According to our analysis, Dodge has a solid certified pre-owned program, but some brands like Mazda and Chevrolet offer more value with their CPO programs.

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How Safe Is the Dart?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Dart a 2015 Top Safety Pick, which is the organization’s second-highest accolade. The Dart received the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Dart an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

There are no standard driver assistance features in the 2015 Dart. A rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are available.

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2015 Dodge Dart Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Dart or 2015 Chevrolet Cruze?

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze is a good compact car. It has three engine options, including two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. In fact, its diesel engine has better fuel economy estimates than the Dart Aero. The Chevy has a smooth ride and comfortable front seats, as well as a better reliability rating and more trunk space than the Dodge. On average, it costs only around $100 more than the Dart. The Chevy Cruze is a better choice than the Dart for most shoppers.

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Dart or 2015 Chrysler 200?

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is a midsize car. As such, it’s a little larger than the Dart and provides slightly more passenger and trunk space. The Chrysler has a potent V6 engine option, precise steering, and composed handling. It also has an upscale cabin and slightly higher safety scores than the Dart. On the other hand, the Dodge will save you around $2,000 on average at the time of purchase. Both have the same intuitive infotainment system but low reliability ratings. Choosing between them is a matter of preference, but neither of these is a great sedan.

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2015 Dart Performance

How Does the 2015 Dodge Dart Drive?

The 2015 Dodge Dart has three engines. The base SE uses a 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Aero trim has a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with the same horsepower output as the base engine. The other trims have a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 184 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a six-speed automatic is available.

The base engine is passable in most driving situations, but the two available engines deliver more punch and swifter acceleration. You certainly won’t be climbing any rocky trails like you would with a Jeep, or whipping around corners like in a sports sedan. Still, the Dart still has lively handling, and it cruises over rough roads. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Does the 2015 Dodge Dart Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and automatic transmission, the Dart gets 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The Dart Aero with the manual transmission gets the best fuel economy in the lineup, up to 28/39 mpg city/highway. On the other hand, the GT has lower fuel economy estimates of 22/31 mpg.

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2015 Dart Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Dart Seat?

The 2015 Dodge Dart seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. Heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel are available.

There’s plenty of room in the front and back, but the front seats are poorly cushioned. Soft-touch materials help the cabin feel slightly upscale.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Dodge Dart?

This sedan has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the second-row outboard seats and a third tether anchor for the middle seat.

2015 Dodge Dart Features

The base Dart SE is relatively bare-bones, with a standard four-speaker stereo. Available features include the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, a USB port, Bluetooth, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, remote start, and a sunroof.

The Uconnect infotainment system is one of the most intuitive in the class, with simple menus, large buttons, and physical controls that make the system easy to use.

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2015 Dodge Dart Dimensions

Dodge Dart Cargo Space

The 2015 Dodge Dart has a 13.1-cubic-foot trunk. That’s typical for a compact sedan, though a few rivals such as the 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan and 2015 Mazda3 hatchback provide more room.

2015 Dart Length and Weight

This vehicle is around 15.3 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,081 to 3,215 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Dodge Dart Built?

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembled the 2015 Dart in Illinois.

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