A few years ago, the 40 MPG club was highly exclusive, with only a handful of members, mostly hybrids and microcars. Yesterday, the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero was named as the newest member of this growing club.
The Dart Aero is still not finalized, and is expected to be out in the third quarter of this year (a few months after the initial release) but Chrysler promises the Dart Aero will reach an EPA rating of 41 MPG. This will best the standard model’s 39 MPG rating.
According to Chrysler, the Aero will use the Dart’s 160 horsepower, 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo four cylinder engine. To help boost fuel efficiency, the car will use low-rolling-resistance tires with specially designed aerodynamic wheel covers and substitute aluminum for heavier metals. The Dart Aero will also only be available in manual transmission, which typically provides a small boost in fuel economy.
The expected 41 MPG rating of the Dodge Dart Aero makes it a perfect competitor for the current class contenders which consist of the Chevrolet Cruze Eco (42 MPG), Ford Focus SFE (40 MPG), Hyundai Elantra (40 MPG), and Mazda 3 Skyactiv (40 MPG).