BIG MAN RIDES: First Impressions 2013 Dodge Dart, 2013 Hyundai Veloster


The 2013 Dodge Dart is the first offspring in the ChryslerFiat shotgun marriage.   The underpinnings are Fiat’s the car is built in Illinois.    The car seems wider than other compacts, fit and finish is pretty good.

Two engines are available the  standard engine is the  Tigershark four-cylinder engine (160 hp & 148 lb-ft of torque)  36mpg highway.   1.4L 16-valve Intercooled(a $1300 option) MultiAir Turbo (160 hp & 184 lb-ft of torque) 39mpg highway.     A six speed manual transmission is standard and two automatics are optional. A PowerTech automatic or the Dual Dry Clutch Automatic Transmission.

One downside, the turbo requires expensive premium fuel.

The interior is very roomy, this 6.4 had ample head room with the sunroof  and very good leg room.

Chrysler great 8.4 inch touch(one of the best in the industry) screen is an option in most of the Dart’s

Trunks size was very good.   A full test drive is a week away.

Hyundai,Hyundai,Hyundai is slowly becoming my favorite brand.   This big man fits in nearly everything they build.   Something I can’t say about Ford, GM, Chrysler,Toyota and most car manufactures.

The Hyundai Veloster was a hit last year, three months after the car was introduced, the quirky car sold its complete inventory.    The car generated quite a bit of attention at the Roseville dealership.   The new for 2013 Veloster Turbo are quickly disappearing and I suspect will not be around after the first of the year.

The standard engine  is an  1.6L GDI four cylinder engine generating 138 horsepower getting  29 City/40 Hwy with an automatic transmission.   The turbo (201 horsepower) gets  25 City/34 Hwy  with the automatic and up to 38mpg with the standard 6 speed manual.

The three door Veloster swallowed me up.

While I had more hip room in the Dart, the Veloster felt like it had more leg room.   The seats in the base Veloster moved up and down.   Head room was good and marginal with the “Panoramic Sunroof.

Not sure I like the interior flash, but I sure liked the rest of the car.     The driver door is much longer than the passenger door making getting in out easy for this tall man..  Shorter drivers may not like the reach.     While I would like to test drive the turbo, I don’ t think its gonna happen. Stay tuned

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

4 thoughts on “BIG MAN RIDES: First Impressions 2013 Dodge Dart, 2013 Hyundai Veloster

  1. I think the Hyundai’s ugly….. But I think the Dodge is cute. I have never owned an American car before my dad think their junk. What do you think?

    Lisa Q

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    1. Its good to see Chrysler in the news. People are discovering the uniqueness in their cars… Having said that Chrysler and Fiat do not have a good reputation for building high quality cars.. For years the same could be said about Hyundai or at least the old Hyundai. But they said hey, trust us and offered a 10 year 100,000 warranty which is very expensive. Of the two cars, 10 years of peace of mind places me in Camp Hyundai.

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  2. Just came off a Nissan lease…been with them for over 15 years. Came back to American….bought a 2013 Dart 1.4 turbo multaire ….6 manual….LOVE IT!!!!! Feels great to drive…live in America buy American my new moto!!! Hyundai extras are standard in Dodge.

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