AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Chrysler said its 2013 Dodge Dart Aero will get an EPA highway fuel-economy rating of "at least" 41 mpg.
The Dart Aero goes on sale in the third quarter. Chrysler won't release pricing until closer to the on-sale date.
The rest of the Dart family should begin reaching U.S. dealers shortly, with prices starting at $16,790, including shipping. The top-of-the-line 2013 Dodge Dart R/T, which will be available in the third quarter of 2012, starts at $23,290. The R/T model is the sportiest of the bunch — until the rumored Dart SRT4 arrives, most likely in 2013.
The base Dart SE is equipped with a 160-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission. The Dart R/T is fitted with a 184-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated with a six-speed manual. Six-speed automatic and dual-clutch gearboxes also will be available.
The Dart Aero will get the Fiat-based 160-hp 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo four-cylinder with a six-speed manual. The standard Dart 1.4 combo with six-speed is rated by the EPA at 27/city and 39/highway.
Inside Line says: This should put the new Dodge compact right in the thick of the mileage wars, squaring off against the Chevrolet Cruze and the Ford Focus, among others.