Dodge Dart lineup gets simplified ahead of model's termination.

The Dodge Dart is inching closer to the automotive graveyard as the company has announced the 2016 model will have a simplified lineup that appeals to "value conscious" consumers.

The model was previously available in five different trim levels but the company has slashed that number down to three with the new Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo, and Dart GT Sport.

The entry-level Dodge Dart SXT Sport starts at $17,995 which represents a $1,400 savings over the current SXT variant.  Despite being cheaper, the model comes nicely equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, and remote keyless entry.  Drivers will also find a multi-function steering wheel, power windows, and Bluetooth connectivity.  Other niceties include a tilt / telescopic steering column and Sirius Satellite radio.

Power is provided by a 2.0-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.  It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

The mid-level Dart Turbo costs $19,495 and it rewards buyers with a 1.4-liter MultiAir2 Turbo engine that develops 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.  The model also has a "sport appearance hood," a dual exhaust system, and 17-inch aluminum wheels with a Granite Crystal finish.  Speaking of the exterior, the car has a standard Rallye Appearance package that includes a black crosshair grille and black headlamp bezels.

Lastly, the Dart GT Sport starts at $20,995 which makes it $1,100 less expensive than the outgoing Dart GT.  Since it sits at the top of the Dart lineup, it comes equipped with a digital instrument cluster, a 10-way power driver seat, and a Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch display.  Other highlights include a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a rearview camera, and a passive entry system with a push-button ignition.

The range-topping model is powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine with 184 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque.  It enables the sedan to return up to 35 mpg highway.

Note: Prices exclude destination charges

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