Sedan Comparison: Dodge Dart and Mitsubishi Lancer
Affordability is always one of the biggest deciding factors when beginning to start shopping around for a new car. As one car is made by an American manufacturer and the other by a Japanese manufacturer, both cars have different specs that appeal to different buyers. Below is an overview of the engine specs, fuel economy, price and safety ratings of the most basic trims of each car — the 2016 Dodge Dart SXT Sport and the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer ES.
The Lancer ES 2.0, the Lancer’s most basic trim, has a 2.0-liter V4 engine that delivers 148-horsepower. Buyers have the option of the standard 5-speed manual transmission, but the Lancer is available with an automatic transmission.
The Dodge Dart SXT Sport is a new entry-level Dart model and is powered a 2.0L Tigershark MultiAir2 engine that produces 160 horsepower. Similar to the Lancer, the Dart comes standard with a manual transmission (the Dart is a 6-speed manual transmission), but buyers also have the option of a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Dart SXT Sport and the Lancer ES have very similar fuel economies. The Lancer has an estimated fuel economy of 27 MPG in the city and 35 MPG when on the highway and the Dart receives about 24 MPG in the city and 26 MPG when on the highway.
When comparing safety ratings based on the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the 2016 Dodge Dart received a 5-star overall crash rating, while the 2016 Lancer received 4 stars in the overall rating. Both cars scored 4 stars in the rollover tests, however the Dart received 5 stars for both frontal and side crash tests, whereas the Lancer received 4 stars on both of those tests.
Both vehicles are competitively priced and with an MSRP of $17,595, the Mitsubishi Lancer ES is priced slightly under the Dodge Dart SXT Sport which has an MSRP of $17,995.