The Dodge Dart is not long for this world; the 2016 model year will be its last. As Fiat Chrysler shifts its production priorities away from cars and toward more profitable SUVs and trucks, CEO Sergio Marchionne is reportedly looking for a partner to develop future generations of this compact sedan. That’s probably for the best. Despite a size advantage (it measures in as a mid-size car by federal standards), the Dart is uncompetitive against today’s impressive field of like-priced compacts, and it has achieved little sales success since arriving in 2012.
Earlier this year, Dodge simplified the Dart’s lineup from five trim levels down to three. The range now includes SXT Sport, Turbo, and GT Sport trims, each powered by a different engine. The SXT Sport has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 160 horsepower; the Turbo has a 1.4-liter turbocharged four, also with 160 horsepower; and the GT Sport has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184 horsepower. Manual and automatic transmissions are offered on the SXT Sport and the GT Sport, while the Turbo comes only with a six-speed manual.
Read our most comprehensive review of the 2019 Dodge Dart Sxt standard features, trim levels, and available options. Additional new features for the 2019 Dodge Dart Sxt include a heated steering wheel, and optional heated and power operated front seats on lower-trim models with cloth upholstery. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to the gas-only model, the 2019 Dodge Dart Sxt is also available as a hybrid with all-wheel drive as standard.
- Spacious interior
- Comfortable and spacious interior
- An 8.4-inch infotainment screen on most trims
YOU WON’T LIKE
- Choppy ride in SE trim
- Some cheap hard plastic interior components
- Sloppy handling and steering
In a 2017 comparison test that included the Mazda and Jeep, the 2019 Dodge Dart Sxt placed fifth. Handling also proved to be another 2019 Dodge Dart Sxt weak spot and we found the steering to be numb.
The 2019 Dodge Dart Sxt, on the other hand, is a better package, as we noted in a 2017 First Test, thanks to its smooth powertrain and well-calibrated brakes that smoothly transition between regenerative and mechanical braking. However, since it isn’t a plug-in hybrid, the 2019 Dodge Dart Sxt doesn’t have much EV mode range and can only travel around 0.5 miles on electricity.A rearview camera with rear parking sensors is now standard on all models.
The car is the only 2019 Dodge Dart Sxt trim level that can be had with a cool two-tone exterior color scheme. The ride itself was smooth, and road imperfections were barely felt.”