Cruze or the new Dodge Dart?

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    Cruze or the new Dodge Dart?

    I have a 2011 cruze, but went to see the new Dart today. Anyone going to switch? they are getting a lot more horse out of their 1.4l motor.

    Just curious on what everyone thinks. I do love my cruze.

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    Nope. I love my Cruze too and I'm not going back to Mopar for nothin'.
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    HP isn't everything. Having the right gearing helps, too.

    A tune fixes the HP deficit, and the gearing, especially in the MT's, is pretty good for the most part.
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    Peak hp means very little. For daily drivability, a flatter torque curve will be much more useful than a higher peak hp rating. Why would I want to rev up to 7500 to make 200hp? The Cruze makes 100% of torque from ~1850-5500 rpm, which is the range you'll be in 90% of the time you'll be accelerating.

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    Check out the Motor Trend test of the New Dart. Looks good, handles poorly

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    One consideration is how long you plan to keep it? If you are going to lease it for a couple of years, then you don't have to be concerned with MOPAR's long term reliabiltiy.
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    A review I read yesterday pointed out different trim lines for the Dart that includes different performance characteristics. So it can depend on which trim you choose.
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    Motor Trend and Car and Driver tend to be bipolar at times.

    2013 Dodge Dart First Drive - Motor Trend

    2013 Dodge Dart Limited First Test - Motor Trend

    They say good things in one, and then talk crap about it in the other.

    I still wouldn't buy one (****, I thought the same about a Chevy before I bought the Cruze), but I'd be curious enough to see if I can go drive it.
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