Compact Power

The 2013 Dodge Dart is the first Chrysler product where Fiat lets its influence show — and we’re liking the results…and the pricepoint!

Looking forward to 2013, we’re getting buzzed about…a Dodge compact. Sounds shocking, we know, but the 2013 Dodge Dart looks likely to bring a new level of cool to the budget American-made compact car. The Dart is the first real baby of the Chrysler-Fiat marriage, with a design based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and modified for the U.S. market. Its Italian heritage shows in its tidy size and sleek aerodynamic lines. The turbocharged model tweaks a respectable 184 hp out of a 4-cylinder engine, but we’re betting it’s the average 40 mpg — and the very reasonable pricetag — that’ll catch the eyes of most consumers;