The Dodge Dart is being simplified. Before you panic and begin rioting in the streets, take a deep breath. The nameplate will still offer all of the features and capabilities that you’ve come to expect from the compact car. The brand will simply be reducing several of their package options, allowing them to better focus on what the customers truly want.
“We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference,” said Tim Kuniskis, the Head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge. “The simplification of Dart models, coupled with the availability of popular Rallye [and] Blacktop…appearance packages across more of the line-up, makes it easier for dealers to order and stock vehicles that customers are looking for.”
The various package options for the 2016 Dodge Dart help transform the nameplate into an unmatched compact car. No other vehicle in the segment offers the amenities and capabilities that accompany these specific Dodge Darts. Let’s explore what each of these packages has to offer, and you can learn why you should truly appreciate this year’s model…
Rallye Appearance Group
The Dodge Dart has proven that it’s a perfectly capable performer, and owners can accentuate those attributes by opting for the Rallye Appearance Group. This package is available on the Dodge Dart SE and SXT, and it only costs $295.
The Rallye package offers an unmistakable performance front fascia, as well as striking projector fog lamps. The body revamp will help boost performance specs, while the lamps will improve visibility on dark roads. The rear stabilizer bar and touring suspension will also impact the vehicle’s drivability, as the two systems will help provide one of the best driving experiences in the segment.
While drivers certainly appreciate the performance improvements that accompany the Rallye trim, they’re likely more focused on the “appearance group” aspect. This package certainly delivers the style these customers are seeking. The interior is highlighted by the inclusion of premium cloth seats with accent stitching, and drivers will also appreciate the leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather-wrapped shift knob. On the outside, the class-exclusive integrated dual exhaust (with bright tips) adds an intimidation factor to your new car, as will the dazzling 17-inch granite crystal aluminum wheels.
The Dodge Dart is incredibly stylish for a compact car, with the specific curves and angles giving the nameplate a particularly sporty persona. Looking for a way to make your new car even more eye-catching? You can opt for the Dodge Dart Blacktop package. For an extra $295, the package is available on Dodge Dart SXT models with the Rallye Appearance Group.
This option will help transform your compact car into one of the most attractive vehicles on the road. Designers added several hints of black to the exterior, which will help highlight whatever vibrant paint color you opt for.
The 18-inch gloss black aluminum wheels go unmatched in regards to appearance. If you used to gawk over nifty tires when you were a child, you’ll definitely appreciate this inclusion. The package also adds a gloss black crosshair grille and fog lamp spear and bezels, as well as gloss black power exterior mirrors.
The most notable inclusion is the “Sports Appearance” Hood. This particular aspect is certainly flashy, but the addition also helps improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics. This will positively impact the Dart’s overall performance and efficiency.
Sun and Sound Group
Drivers clearly want an optimal driving experience, and what better way to enjoy your new ride than to breathe in the fresh air and jam out to music. The Sun and Sound Group delivers a number of innovative technological features that will make any commute or road trip more fun.
For $1,195, drivers can enjoy the Radio 8.4 system with the accompanying 8.4-inch touchscreen. They can access a number of applications via the system, including available satellite radio, or if they’d prefer, they can connect their smartphone via the remote USB port. They’ll be able to enjoy this music via the 506-watt Alpine Sound System, which includes nine speakers and a subwoofer.
The car is also equipped with a power sunroof (with express open/close features), meaning you can truly enjoy those cool summer days. To top it all off, the package also includes the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, which will prove invaluable as you’re reversing or monitoring the traffic behind you.
The package isn’t only about technology. Engineers also added a ruby red illuminated Floating Island bezel, helping add some additional style to the already-stylish car. Available on the SXT and GT models, the package costs an extra $1,195.
Now, this option is truly about the technology. Drivers will receive the most innovative features and capabilities when they opt for this Dart package.
The option provides a number of amenities that will improve convenience. Rain-sensing windshield wipers will allow the driver to better focus on the road, as will the automatic high-beam control headlamps and high-intensity discharge headlamps.
Meanwhile, the ParkSense Rear Park Assist System will help protect your Dart from any minor fender benders. Using several exterior sensors, the system will alert the driver when they’re too close to another object. The Blind Spot Monitoring system lets the driver know when it’s safe to switch lanes, while the Rear Cross Path Detection system will provide an extra set of eyes as you’re attempting to reverse. The security alarm is the cherry on top, providing protection from any potential thieves.
Cold Weather Group
Live up north? You’re probably seeking a vehicle that will deliver cozy comfort during those bitter cold winter months. So check out the Cold Weather Group, which includes several comfort features, like the heated cloth front seats. Drivers will also appreciate the heated power exterior mirrors, which will melt any snow or ice to provide optimal visibility. Best of all, the Dart includes a remote starter (with automatic transmission), so you’ll never have to leave your house to warm up your ride.
The Cold Weather Group is available on SXT models equipped with either the Uconnect Touchscreen Group or Sun and Sound Group. The options cost an additional $495.
Which of the options will you choose? Regardless of the features and capabilities you prioritize, you know the 2016 Dodge Dart will deliver thanks to the various package options. Whether you’re seeking optimal style, comfort, capabilities, or technology, it’s all possible in this year’s compact car.