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Dodge Dart Gets Mixed Reviews

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On: Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 8:30PM | By: Gary P Garry

Dodge Dart Gets Mixed Reviews

I'm a guy who first got a drivers license during the latter portion of the 1970s. I grew up in New Jersey, where you could get a drivers license at that time when you reached the age of 17. As that fateful day approached, I started to evaluate the used car that would be right for me.

Of course, I had different priorities than my more practical family members who were helping to guide me through the process. They constantly espoused the virtues of the Dodge Dart with the famous slant-six engine that would never die. Many of my friends who knew a lot about cars agreed that the Dart was a good first car for a young person with a limited budget. The car was relatively inexpensive when it was new, so the used ones were affordable. Plus, they were known for their reliability, and they were easy to fix if something did go wrong.

I never did get a Dodge Dart as my first car. That wound up being a 1970 Chevy Impala convertible, and I can't say I was disappointed at the time. However, when I was in my thirties in the middle of the '90s, I was the practical one. I managed to get myself an early 1970s vintage Dodge Dart as a second car. Though it was a relic, it turned out to be everything that they told me it was going to be when I was a young sprout.

Chrysler put the Dodge Dart into mothballs after the 1976 model year, and the nameplate lay dormant for decades. A lot of old-school types like me were caught by surprise when the company decided to resurrect the Dart. The modern reincarnation was debuted at the North American Auto Show in January of 2012, and the first commercially available models were 2013 Darts. The car is still in production, but it seems to be getting mixed reviews. This is a car that was held up as a standard bearer for reliability years ago, but Car and Driver gives the Dart just 1.5 stars out of five. Edmunds, on the other hand, gave it 3.9 out of five, and Kelley Blue Book reviewers came up with a number of 7.6 out of 10.

At the end of the day, reviews are helpful, but there is no substitute for your own impressions. If you are interested, there are plenty of dealers who would be more than glad to let you take a new or used Dodge Dart out for a test drive.


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