· COTM Winner
2014 Cruze Diesel, 2007 Cobalt, 1981 Camaro Z28, 2017 Volt
They heavily overproduced the first half of the year, so inventories are way too high - hence why this is happening.The best time for GM to start discounting is around March every year. And specifically to order a car before the model year change (with nice deals for returning customers). Maybe GM would know better when to wind down inventory, dealers get a clue what to order, and more people get the car they want instead of just getting what's left.
I had one for evaluation for a week (a loaded Limited with the 1.4T and DDCT), and it wasn't too bad, actually. But the 1.4T was the engine to get in that car, and they removed it from all but the Aero, for some unknown reason. The exhaust note was almost like that of an Abarth 500, just a bit quieter - real snarly. The interior in the car was the high point, really. It handled competently enough, but it was heavy and too large for the segment - and that DDCT...my god...dreadful. It added a full second to the 0-60 time compared to the manual (which, itself, was already terrible - but the better option).To literally anything else because they probably test drove it and realized that the Dart was such a miserable piece of junk.
The Aero is lesser appointed, with a lot less of the "good bits" mine had, since it was focused on managing some of that too-much weight.I drove a manual 1.4T aero.
The high point of the interior was uConnect and the dash cluster; otherwise, it felt cheap (especially the seats) and nowhere near the other Chrysler products. The engine was super laggy below 3000 RPM and nearly undrivable with the AC on. My foot caught on the bottom of the dash when pushing in the clutch no matter where I put it, and I don't have big feet. Handling felt chintzy and heavy.
The Fiat 1.4 does sound amazing though.
2/10 would not buy.