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Rental Car Review: 2015 Dodge Dart on Everyman Driver

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2015 Dodge Dart SXT on Everyman DriverBuilding on the product improvements for the 2014 Dart model year, the Dodge Dart lineup is fine tuned for 2015 to deliver even more value, style and performance.

New for the 2015 model year, the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine is available as a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV), which entails a new fuel filler neck, new air cleaner, new engine downpipe, revised fuel tank, modified vapor purge canister and new fuel cap. This engine is available in the 14 California Air Resources Board (CARB) states.

In addition, the 2015 Dart SE model now includes a $620 discount with the Convenience Group – bundling air conditioning, power door locks, power body color mirrors, remote keyless entry, body color door handles, panic alarm, speed control, remote USB port, Bluetooth with voice command, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, mirror with microphone, and underbody aero treatment and active grille shutters for only $775, resulting in a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $17,270.

The 2015 Dodge Dart’s Uconnect Touch 8.4-inch touchscreen radio is updated to include Android smartphone compatibility for Bluetooth, voice command and streaming music and USB connectivity to play music from the device. The CD player is now a standalone option available on the 2015 Dodge Dar Aero, SXT (when equipped with the 8.4-inch radio), Limited and GT models.

Other updates to the 2015 Dodge Dart lineup include a new standard 16-inch aluminum wheel on SXT models and a new black and ruby red interior option available with the Blacktop packages. Nine exterior color choices are offered for 2015, including three new colors: Passion Red, Laser Blue and Vitamin C (orange).

Some things haven’t changed. The 2015 Dodge Dart still provides a distinctive style with an athletic, stylish exterior design punctuated with the signature race track LED tail lamps; a modern, sleek interior design that’s well-crafted with high-quality materials and attention to detail; class-leading safety and security features, including 10 standard air bags; class-exclusive, easy-to-use technology and steering, ride and handling and dynamics engineered for the driver who loves to drive.

The Dart is loaded with more than 60 available safety and security features that give drivers and passengers peace of mind. Constructed of 68 percent high strength steel, among the highest in the industry, the Dodge Dart’s key available safety and security features include a class-leading 10 standard air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard on every model, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, all-speed traction control, ParkView rear backup camera, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, ParkSense rear park assist with dynamic grid lines, LATCH anchors, which allow a child seat to be placed in any of the three rear seat positions, and much more.

In addition, the 2015 Dodge Dart continues to offer the class-exclusive Uconnect system which includes an available 8.4-inch touchscreen radio, the largest in the segment; Voice Command, which allows drivers to operate a Bluetooth compatible phone with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, enables drivers to switch radio modes, tune to AM/FM and SiriusXM Radio stations and request real-time information (such as fuel prices) from SiriusXM Travel Link using natural voice commands; and features a 7-inch full-color customizable digital gauge cluster to let the customer decide what format they want the information displayed.

The Dart’s chassis is engineered to deliver steering precision and sporty handling dynamics but with the ride comfort that makes the daily commute something to look forward to. The exceptional balance of fun-to-drive dynamics, ride comfort, a quiet cabin and emergency handling characteristics is accomplished through the suspension bushing tuning and the Dart’s exceptional body structure, including the front aluminum cradle, rear upper and underbody structure reinforcement and superior suspension attachment stiffness.

For the 2015 model year, the Dodge Dart starting U.S. MSRP is $16,495, (excluding $995 destination).

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