What Is the 2014 Dodge Dart?
The 2014 Dodge Dart is a front-wheel-drive compact sedan that seats five and competes with the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. It is offered in SE, SXT, Aero, GT and Limited trim levels.
What's New on the 2014 Dodge Dart?
For 2014, the Dart's optional 2.4-liter engine is available on more trim levels. There are no other significant changes.
How Does the 2014 Dodge Dart Compare to Other Compact Sedans?
Like other compact sedans, the Dart is offered in an efficiency-focused trim level: While the Dart Aero can achieve a respectable EPA-estimated 28/41 mpg city/highway (compared with the base SE's 25/36 mpg), it increases the cost of the vehicle and doesn't distinguish itself significantly from the Ford Focus SFE (28/40 mpg) or the Chevrolet Cruze Eco (28/42 mpg).
While the 2014 Dart's 97.2 cubic feet of cabin volume approaches that of many mid-size cars – on paper – it feels like relatively little of that space is dedicated to backseat, which feels cramped even compared with the Honda Civic's. The Civic also has less overall interior space than Dodge's sedan.
What Features in the 2014 Dodge Dart Are Most Important?
The 2014 Dart comes standard with a 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. There are two optional engines: a 160-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder and a 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The 1.4-liter engine is available with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the 2.0- and 2.4-liter engines are available with a conventional six-speed automatic. Every 2014 Dart comes equipped with front-wheel drive.
Significant standard features include 16-inch wheels, grille styling that varies by trim level, LED taillights, seating for five, cloth seats and a folding backseat. Notable optional features include 17- and 18-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, fog lights, "racetrack" LED taillight surround, dual exhaust tips, a power moonroof, a 7-inch screen in the instrument panel that displays vehicle information and radio settings, an 8.4-inch touchscreen in the dashboard, a heated steering wheel and a navigation system.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and 10 airbags. Optional safety features include a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors and a backup camera.
Should I Buy the 2014 Dodge Dart?
The 2014 Dodge Dart shines if you're judging the car only by its style – one of its big selling points is personalization; and regardless of the color combinations you choose, it cuts an intriguing profile that's more svelte and subtle than previous Dodge offerings.
While the 2014 Dart offers some premium features – like Chrysler's 8.4-inch Uconnect system and a Garmin navigation system – its powertrains are decidedly lacking. Steering is surprisingly engaging for a compact, but the powertrain options largely feel sluggish, especially when trying to squeeze out a little more speed for a quick pass at higher speeds.
The compact car segment is a crowded one that's full of quality offerings. The Dart has plenty of flash, but it's lacking where it counts.
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