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Dodge Dart reinvents itself (pictures)

Considering that the last Dart model came out in 1976, the new Dart is a huge leap forward, and good enough to give the model name new life.

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Dodge revived the Dart model name for its new compact sedan. The previous Dart ended production in 1976.
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The styling of this new Dart shows some nice elements while remaining subtle. The front drops down toward a narrow grille, while the side contours rise toward the rear end.
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Dodge offers a number of engines for the Dart. This turbocharged 1.4-liter was designed by Fiat, and uses some innovative valve timing technology.
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The roofline allows for good cabin space and easy entry for passengers.
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Dodge built the new Dart on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a premium hatchback in Europe.
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Trunks space is about average for a compact car.
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Dodge uses soft-touch materials around the cabin. The infotainment system, with its big, 8.4-inch touch screen, is optional.
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The electric power steering has good heft, but the turning radius is not very tight.
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The VR button activates a voice command system for the stereo and navigation system, while the phone button activates a separate system for hands-free calling.
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This car came with the optional six-speed dual clutch automated manual. A six-speed manual comes standard.
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Dodge integrates Garmin navigation software in with its infotainment system, a not completely harmonious relationship.
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Sirius Travel Link brings in a lot of useful information for the driver, from gas prices to movie times.
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The Dart offers a weather forecast.
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The Bluetooth phone system offers the usual features, including contact list integration.
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Dodge hides the CD player in the console.
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The infotainment system includes Bluetooth audio streaming, although the interface does not show track names.
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With a USB drive or iPod hooked up to the stereo, the interface shows album art, along with other song data.
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The Dart even includes the ability to have its Gracenote database clean up your audio sources.

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