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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Dodge Dart

What is it? One of the best known, and certainly one of the best-selling, Dodge nameplates is making a comeback: Dart. A significant addition to the Chrysler portfolio (none of the three Chrysler brands currently has a compact sedan), the Dart replaces the Dodge Caliber hatchback. The Dart targets the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford focus, and will have a larger footprint than both. The entry-level price will be $16,000.

What is new or notable? The new Dart will be built on a widened-and-stretched platform from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, another car in parent corporation Fiat's portfolio. The Dart will have a choice of three four-cylinder engines: a 160-hp 1.4-liter turbo borrowed from Fiat, a 160-hp 2.0-liter, and a 184-hp 2.4-liter. There are three transmission choices as well: a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and a dual-clutch automated manual transmission. Available safety features include rear cross-path detection and blind-spot monitoring. Ten airbags are standard. 

CR's take: The Giulietta has been critically acclaimed in Europe, so we’re looking forward to sampling the new Dart.

When will it be available? Spring 2012

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