A key to the 2013 Darts design mission is what Dodge engineers call fun-to-drive dynamics. For many drivers, shifting gears is an important part of the fun, and the Darts six-speed manual transmission is tailor-made for them.
Offered as standard equipment with all three available Dart engines, the six-speed manual transmission is a compact and lightweight state-of-the-art unit. Carrying the internal designation C635, the transmission has a rated capacity of 350 Newton-meters (258 lb-ft). The Darts gear ratios are optimized to maintain low engine rpm at highway speeds to minimize cabin noise and maximize fuel economy.
Another noteworthy feature is the Hill-start Assist system, which automatically engages when it senses that the vehicle is on a hill, in first gear, and both the clutch and brake pedals are depressed. The systems controller then keeps the brakes on for about 1.5 seconds after the brake pedal is released to prevent the vehicle from rolling downhill, ensuring a smooth departure from a stop.