There are a few small cars that have stuck around for years, for decades, but do the 2016 Dodge Dart standard features represent something bold and new or a relic of an older era of the auto world? We compared the new Dart SE to the entry-level 2016 Honda Civic LX to give you an idea of which of these small cars might be the better option for Albany area drivers.
Honda Still Defines the Standard
A few years back, Honda made a decision to give drivers access to advanced standard features without requiring an upgrade, and the Honda lineup has continued to be one of the most competitive in the auto world because of it. Automakers like Dodge have been trying to catch up, but can the 2016 Dodge Dart SE standard features compare? Let’s take a look at what each Civic LX Sedan includes:
- Bluetooth for phone and audio
- Multi-angle rearview camera system
- LED daytime running lights
- 5-inch color LCD screen
The 2016 Dodge Dart makes comparable features available to drivers, but the SE trim is about as bare as a modern sedan can get. The highlight of its tech features is a four-speaker CD player; drivers looking for Bluetooth will need to upgrade the Dart by a trim level to the SXT. A color display screen is only available with an upgrade beyond the SXT trim level. While Dodge does make a rearview camera available, it’s a single angle—the Civic has top-down, wide-angle, and standard views available.
While the Dart does have some advanced safety features available, Honda’s Honda Sensing suite of accident prevention amenities is available at every trim level, even the basic LX, and includes collision mitigation braking and lane keeping assist.
Test Drive the Civic
The best way to see all of the features found on the Civic is to get behind the wheel and see how convenient it is to reach the LCD screen or check the rearview camera from the driver’s seat. Visit a Capital Region Honda Dealer near you to get behind the wheel of the Civic and see how it compares to the 2016 Dodge Dart standard features.
Capital Region Honda Dealers includes Lia Honda, Keeler Honda, Mohawk Honda, Carbone Honda of Bennington, D’Ella Honda of Glens Falls, Rensselaer Honda, Bedard Bros. Honda, and Saratoga Honda.