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2014 Dodge Dart

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2014 Dodge Dart Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

The smallest sedan in Dodge's lineup, the 2014 Dodge Dart is a well-crafted 4-door that matches a contemporary appearance with good creature features and impressive overall handling. Based on a purpose-modified Alfa Romeo platform, the compact Dart goes head-to-head with prime rivals like the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda Mazda3, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta. Attractively priced and offering the choice of three engines and a host of class-exclusive techno touches, this roomy and comfortable front-drive Dodge also earns outstanding safety ratings. Those impressive credentials notwithstanding, the Dart still struggles to take market share in a segment that remains dominated by perennial class leaders, the Civic and Corolla.

You'll Like This Car If...

The Dart's youthful styling, spacious and accommodating interior, sporty character, innovative class-above technology, and top safety ratings make this compact Dodge sedan an attractive (if frequently overlooked) choice in an extremely competitive segment.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Considerably heavier than most of its competitors, the Dodge Dart is neither the best-performing nor the most fuel-efficient player in its segment. And buyers who demand either a hybrid or turbodiesel will still have to look to rivals like the Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic, Ford Focus or Volkswagen Jetta.

What's New for 2014

Introduced in the late-arriving 2013 Dart GT, the 184-horsepower/2.4-liter "Tigershark" engine also becomes standard in the 2014 SXT and Limited models. Redesigned front bucket seats offer more comfort, and all but the base Dart SE boast additional standard features. Dart option packages also have been reshuffled to better reflect customer preferences.

Driving the Dart

Driving Impressions A rigid core structure and well-sorted Euro-flavored suspension give the Dart a confident and well-controlled feel that reaches a clear zenith in the enthusiast-oriented GT model. Although boasting the most...

powerful base engine in its class, the Dart also is the heaviest player in the segment. That extra mass takes a toll on acceleration and passing performance regardless of engine or transmission choice, particularly in the SE when its 2.0-liter engine is backed by the 6-speed automatic transmission. While the 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo in the Dart Aero makes the same 160 horsepower, its 24 percent more torque at virtually half the revs make the Aero considerably livelier as well as less thirsty. Buyer requests for better performance led Dodge to fit the 184-horsepower/2.4-liter in the volume-leading SXT and Limited as well as the GT for 2014, but even that extra muscle can't match the 200-plus horsepower available in the far-lighter Civic Si, Focus ST and Jetta GLI.

MULTIAIR ENGINE TECHNOLOGY
Developed by Fiat and fitted to both the 1.4-liter and 2.4-liter Dart engines, MultiAir technology individually controls the lift and timing of the engine's intake valves to improve both performance and fuel economy.

FLOATING-ISLAND DASH BEZEL
A class-exclusive feature that's standard on Dart Aero, Limited and GT models, this innovative interior element is ringed in Ruby Red LED light piping and contains the reconfigurable 7.0-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instrument cluster display and 8.4-inch UConnect touch-screen multimedia system.

2014 Dodge Dart Details
2014 Dodge Dart photo Interior

The Dart's cabin is spacious and well-designed with lots of soft-touch surfaces and good overall control layouts. Whether trimmed in standard cloth, premium fabric or real leather, it's a quiet and comfortable realm that gains even more character in the Aero, Limited and GT models which also feature the "floating-island" dash bezel, programmable instrument display and 8.4-inch Uconnect screen. In addition to a large covered center storage bin, the Dart also has a cavernous glovebox big enough to swallow a laptop. The adult-accommodating rear seats have a fold-down seatback with a 60/40 split in all but the SE.

Exterior
2014 Dodge Dart photo

Sleek and sexy, the Dart's exterior blends contemporary international character with classic Dodge design cues. A long (106.4-inch) wheelbase, short overhangs and relatively wide stance give the Dart a well-planted look. Distinctive cosmetic interpretations of the division's signature "gunsight" grille and the full-width LED "racetrack" taillight surround highlight a host of model-specific color and accent touches. Unique wheel/tire fitments further separate this handsome 4-door from the rest of the compact field when it comes to curbside appeal. Previously an Aero exclusive, all 2014 Dart variants (save for the SE) also have efficiency-enhancing active grille shutters.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even the entry-level Dart SE comes with a bounty of features including power windows, air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering column, a folding rear seatback, and a comprehensive suite of safety features highlighted by electronic roll-mitigation, Hill Start Assist and 10 airbags. The SXT adds the more powerful 2.4-liter engine, aluminum-alloy wheels, upgraded audio and a 60/40-split rear seat, while the Aero gets the mileage-maxing 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine and cool 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen. The range-topping Limited and enthusiast-oriented GT each have Nappa leather upholstery with the former adding Garmin navigation and the latter getting a full sport suspension and 18-inch wheel/tire package.

Optional Equipment

The sole SE extra is the Convenience Group that brings it up to near-SXT spec, while the Aero offers a Garmin Navigation system. SXT add-ons include the Rallye Appearance Group that nets a premium cloth interior and a tauter touring suspension, Uconnect Touchscreen Group with the "floating-island" dash bezel, Sun and Sound Group with a power sunroof and Alpine premium audio, the Cold Weather Group and Garmin Navigation. Beyond its dedicated version of the Sun and Sound Group, the GT and Limited offer a Technology Group that features adaptive high-intensity-discharge headlights, rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection system.

Under the Hood

While the Dart's trio of 4-cylinder engines carries over intact from 2013, their specific fitments have changed in response to owner requests for improved performance. The naturally aspirated 160-horsepower Tigershark 2.0-liter is now only found in the base SE model, while the econo-oriented 1.4-liter/160-horsepower turbocharged MultiAir engine becomes exclusive to the highest-mileage Aero model. The 2014 Dart SXT, Limited and GT all share the same 184-horsepower/2.4-liter MultiAir2-enhanced Tigershark. Buyers can opt for either a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic, but only the 1.4-liter offers the DCCT (dual dry-clutch transmission) automatic.

2.0-liter inline-4
160 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
148 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/36 mpg (manual), 24/34 mpg (automatic)

1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4
160 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/39 mpg (manual), 28/41 mpg (automatic)

2.4-liter inline-4
184 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/33 mpg (manual), 21/30 mpg (automatic)

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2014 Dodge Dart Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 130 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Constant Problems

By on Saturday, February 06, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: It kept breaking.

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Seats are comfortable"

Cons: "build quality is terrible, poor MPG."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I had a 2014 SXT Dart, 2.4L with the 6 speed manual. It looked like a cool car when I bought it, and it was kinda fun to drive, for about 9000 miles... Right after 9000 miles of driving this car the transmission mount snapped, causing the the transmission to move just enough to snap the front right axle at the CV joint. I had the car towed to the dealership and while they were fixing it I asked them to look at the clutch because that was having problems as well. The dealership fixed the axle, but refused to look at the clutch problem. On the drive back I started to notice that the steering wheel was off center when driving in a straight line, and before I made it back to my house the ABS light, traction control light, and a few other warning lights turned on, my speedometer started jumping around and the ABS started kicking in randomly which made stopping very difficult. After another tow back to the dealership they replaced the front wheel bearing, and said that they had nothing to do with the steering wheel being out of line, and it had to have been something I did. I left the dealership, but had to drive it back 2 days later due to a clicking noise coming from the front passenger side when I was turning. It turns out the lower control arm was fractured, and I got that replaced. So after 4 weeks of my car being in the shop (and only getting a loaner car for 2 days) the clutch has still not been fixed (or even looked at), the steering wheel is still out of line, and the car now scrapes on every bump since the dealership failed to put the skid plate back in, so some plastic on the front hangs down."

Terrible

By on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "None I can find"

Cons: "engine, transmission (6-auto) electrical -"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"My first review seems to have been deleted. Clearly they only want positive reviews here. But the truth is, that this is one terrible car. There is a serious problem with almost every system in the car. Engine, transmission, electrical, top the list. Car is unreliable and in need of constant repairs. The digital screen in the center of the dashboard seems to control all the ventilation, climate and sound system. Mine comes on when in the mood and sometimes shuts off for no reason. The dealership is a total waste. I just get the run around and no problems are resolved. Car has been towed 2x due to engine/electrical failure issues. I will NEVER but another Chrysler/Dodge produce. Worst car I've ever owned. I cant wait to get rid of this piece of trash!!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Nice looking car, hasn't been the most reliable

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Sharp looking, drives nice, great features"

Cons: "brand new and not the most reliable car..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Purchased the car brand new. It was driven (by driven I mean, no long trips, no crazy driving... literally driving a family around town) for approximately six months when the first problem occurred. It was driven for 20 minutes and parked, upon trying to start the car, the brake would not engage, nor motor turn over and then all the service lights came on blinked and went blank. The only thing that was on was the red dot of death on the dash console. We had to have it towed to the dealership, where it sat for two whole weeks because they had to order an entirely new electrical system for the motor and computer chip. We got it back, drove nicely for another 7 months, where upon remote starting, it would not allow me to go from remote start to push button start after I was in the car. Then it shut down completely. Again with the red dot of death on the dash console. We had to contact the roadside assistance, where a service truck was sent out to jump the car, in hopes it would start up. It did and was driven home. It was taken to the dealership and was there for two days. There has been an electrical error with the key fob. Computer chips were again replaced and we were given a new key fob."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Car started to have electrical problems 2nd year

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,350

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive handles well great attention to detai"

Cons: "electrial problems galore"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Check engine light kept coming on. TPM changed 2 times, PCM changed 3 times, complete wiring harness change from lights back to the dashboard, battery changed 2 times. In dealership for repairs in the last 3 months 12 times for check engine light."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

So far so good

By on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,200

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "AFFORDABLE! i make less then $25,000 a year"

Cons: "NODDA!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased a 2015 Red Dodge Dart GT model. Initially, I went in to buy a truck........then I saw and test drove this lil red mini charger.....I was hooked.......i wanted it and I bought it........I live down a VERY winding highway! PERFECT! It handled excellent, went around corners posted for 30MPH, it went around those same corners at 60MPH with ease! I am extremely happy the way this car handles............"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Owned many different vehicles, the best yet!

By on Sunday, December 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, fun to drive, good gas mileage."

Cons: "steering wheel control stem has too many functions"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased this Dart new over 3 years ago and have driven over 41K miles. Needed a vehicle which provided good gas mileage and I haven't been disappointed. Since new MPG has consistently been 36 during long trips, 25 around town. Reliability has been excellent. The transmission had 1 flash update, other than that just oil changes and tires. I love the handling and ride, both in town and on trips. The only complaint is with the turn signal stem. Wipers, hi-beams, turn signal; too much for one stem. My other car has the same set-up and i hate it..."

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