Dodge takes the 2016 Dart one step closer to retirement image

The compact sedan is inching closer to its retirement quota as Dodge has announced the 2016 model year will come with a more restrained lineup that will focus on “value conscious” buyers.

The Dodge Dart was initially offered with five separate trim levels but now the automaker will only offer three of them: Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo, and Dart GT Sport. The base one, the Dodge Dart SXT Sport, kicks off at $17,995 which is actually $1,400 cheaper than the outgoing SXT version. While it’s more affordable, the version still brings air conditioning, cruise control, and remote keyless entry and drivers will also enjoy a multi-function steering wheel, power windows, and Bluetooth connectivity. Other amenities included are a tilt / telescopic steering column and Sirius Satellite radio. Motivation comes courtesy of a 2.0-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, linked to a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic gearbox.

Move up to the mid Dart Turbo and shell out $19,495 for the 1.4-liter MultiAir2 Turbo engine delivering a more efficient 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The trim level also brings about a “sport appearance hood,” a dual exhaust system, and 17-inch aluminum wheels with a Granite Crystal appearance. There’s also a standard Rallye Appearance package with black crosshair grille and black headlamp bezels. The top trim is the Dart GT Sport starting from $20,995 – that’s $1,100 less than the previous Dart GT – which brings a digital instrument cluster, a 10-way power driver seat, and a Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch display. Power comes from the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine with 184 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque.