Since its debut in the 2013 model year, Dodge Dart has made a strong case for not overspending on the daily commute. But that doesn’t mean a Dart owner must settle for less. For the 2016 model year, the car stays the same but the dressings are more plentiful via assorted packages. The front wheel drive Dart offers five trims: SE, SXT, Aero, GT, and Limited. And those trims can be enhanced with more available 2016 options, like the new Sport Appearance Hood for Dart SXT and GT versions with the Rallye or Blacktop packages. Dodge Dart left this driver with a number of positive impressions during a week-long test drive. Topping that complimentary list was the easy-to-use infotainment system.

Dart is powered by one of three engines: a 160 horsepower/184 pounds-feet of torque 1.4-liter turbocharged Multiair 4-cylinder; a 160 horsepower/148 pounds-feet of torque 2.0-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder; and a 184 horsepower/174 pounds-feet of torque 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Multiair Tigershark. The 106.4-inch wheelbase sedan comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic is optional with the 2.0 liter and 2.4-liter engines. The Dodge Dart SXT with 2.4-liter engine and 6-speed automatic transmission collects estimated mpg of 23 city/35 highway and carries a base MSRP of $19,200.