41 mpg For Dodge Dart Aero

Chrysler is currently in the mist of launching its all new Dodge Dart. Partially based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Dart is coming to North America in both performance-oriented and fuel saving-oriented models.

Of particular interest to us is the Aero model. This version will be powered by a 160-horsepower 16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine. Available 3rd quarter of 2012, the Dart Aero will achieve at least 41 mpg on the highway.

For comparison, the regular Dodge Dart equipped with the 1.4-liter MulitAir Turbo engine mated to the six-speed manual transmission has an EPA fuel economy rating of 27 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

According to Dodge, the MultiAir technology delivers optimum combustion at any speed under all driving conditions by allowing direct and dynamic control of air intake and combustion. The result is up to a 15-percent increase in low engine rpm torque and a 7.5-percent improvement in fuel efficiency.

No news yet as to the fact the Aero will have or not start/stop technology.

Exact trim level and pricing is not yet known for the Aero model, but it is expected to be based on the Dart SE ($15,995), which, once the premium for the Aero package and 1.4-liter MulitAir Turbo engine are accounted for, allows us to believe this 41 mpg Dart will likely be offered under the $20,000 mark.

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  • usbseawolf2000

    For $20k, you might as well get the Prius c. It gets 46 MPG on the highway and 53 MPG in the city. Dart Aero will likely get 27 MPG in the city.

  • dex3703

    Mileage would be higher with a less powerful engine as well, wouldn’t it? Why does this car need 160hp?

  • wc

    The problem with the prius family is that theyre saddled with toyotas hybrid auto tranny thing. For the folks that like to “drive” their cars they will appreciate the 6-speed manual(stick) and the responsive turbo engine. Contrary to what folks want u to believe there are still customers that walk out of showrooms when they cant get a model in stick shift. Just so u know.

  • Dom

    Yup, I agree with wc… I just don’t understand the appeal of the automatic transmission. That’s why I’m a diesel fan… you can get most VW diesel models with a manual…

  • Russ

    I don’t understand why car makers are not all using hybrid technology now since we all know the environmental and peak oil issues….its so…20th century!