The current version of the Dodge Dart is a compact sedan based on a slightly enlarged Fiat Compact platform and debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show on January 9, 2012.This modified platform adapted to U.S. requirements took about 18 months to design, with development costs of US$1 billion.
The Dart is Dodge's first compact sedan since the discontinuation of the Dodge Neon and Dodge Neon SRT-4 in 2005. At the time of its introduction, the 2013 Dodge Dart had an MSRP of $15,995.00 for the base SE model. The MSRP of the 2013 Dodge Dart could progress well into the mid $20,000.00 range when fully equipped.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart. The Dart achieved a five-star safety rating in the frontal offset barrier, rollover, and side impact crash tests. The Dart also earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012.