By Rick Popely on September 2, 2013
Most significant changes: 2.4-liter four-cylinder available on more models; more standard features for Limited
Price change: No change on SE or GT models; SXT increases $500, Aero by $600 and Limited up $3,000
On sale: Late fall
Which you should buy, 2013 or 2014? 2013; with prices going up and an abundance of them on dealer lots, shoppers should consider the 2013 unless they want the 2.4-liter engine
The Dart debuted for 2013 to revive a long-dormant Dodge model name with an upscale interior and lots of customization options. Shoppers didn't seem to like all the choices, so for 2014, Dodge is reshuffling the features you get with each trim level. And a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine becomes more widely available on the compact sedan.
The Limited model's price climbs by $3,000 to $23,990. Prices are unchanged from 2013 on the SE at $16,990 and the GT at $21,990, but they increase by $500 on the SXT to $19,490 and $600 on the Aero to $20,990 (all prices include a $995 destination charge).
The 2.4-liter engine was a late addition for 2013, arriving with the GT model (originally supposed to be called the R/T). For 2014, this 184-horsepower engine becomes standard on the SXT and Limited models as well. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder remains standard on the base Dart SE, and the Aero still uses a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder.
Among the new standard features on the Limited are a six-speed automatic transmission (a $1,250 option last year), keyless entry and push-button start, leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, sunroof, navigation system and the Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen.
Dodge says 2014 models will go on sale in the third quarter (late fall).
Contributor Rick Popely has covered the auto industry for decades and hosts a weekly online radio show on TalkZone.com . Email Rick