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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 136 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

13 Dart not worth it. to many problems.

By on Monday, June 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "fun to drive."

Cons: "turbo(REPLACED 3 times)"

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

"lets just say this car has been in the shop 3 to 4 times a year for lots of different things, from the turbo(REPLACED 3 times)to the oil leak. New dash cluster new clutch. problems with the plugs and cylinder 3 misfire and there are some more problems as well. For a 2013 and it is now 2016 the car is not that old. i do not recommend this car for any one. Dodge needs to step up ad fix the problems that keep going wrong with my Dart and others that are having the same problems. Ps: Bring back the dodge Avenger, that was a good car. it was a nice ride with a grate body style... thank you. CHmalo"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Should have bought something else

By on Monday, May 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good gas milage , great on highway"

Cons: "Underpowered,expensive oil changes to much plastic"

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

"I really liked the looks of this car, However the 1.4 liter Fiat engine is way under powered and the Turbo only helps once you take off, I find this car to be dangerous when pulling into traffic, Has no take off power at all. You literally have to hit the gas 10 seconds before you want to go. Our motto is aim for the last car before you want to go and they will be gone when it starts moving. Our biggest reason for buying this was for the great gas mileage which it does have. however I would rather buy more gas than have this car. It also requires 5w- 40 synthetic oil which is expensive and lots of plastic in the way anytime you want to service this car. Also they put a mud flap type thing in front of the front tires and it scrapes on everything. It always sounds like you are tearing the bottom off the car. Although I love Dodge this will be the lat Dart I ever buy."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

awsome car

By on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,509

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "awsome all around"

Cons: "n a"

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

"im bying this car ive had it a week bought used 2015 it runs great the look is agressive interoer is great .I have had no problems with this car traded in my 1996 chevy lumina witch had 230542 miles on it . My new preowned runs so much better i love this car its a great value as well"

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Solid car

By on Monday, February 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Design, Comfort, affordable"

Cons: "Lack of power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I've had this car for a couple years now and it's been a good daily commuter for me. I have the 6 speed manual 2.4l and am fairly happy with it. However, I wish I just had a tiny bit more power in the car. The touch screen is a nice touch but lacks GPS which is kind of annoying. Comfortable ride and gets really great gas mileage."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

good for first time drivers

By on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "looks amazing, really fun to drive,"

Cons: "not powerful, light clutch, slow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"i have the 2013 dodge dart aero with the 1.4 multi air turbo engine. first off, this car is beautiful. probably the best looking american car in its class. every car has its issues so have my dart. i had the turbo charged replaced under warrenty and the computer reset a few times. but over all this car is great personally. its not the fastest car. i drove the mazda 3 with 2.0 engine and its way faster and perorms wayy better. but if you need agood commuter car or a road trip car, this is the one."

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Dartha

By on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "fun to drive, easily dips"

Cons: "Dart SE expensive,no floor mats, uconnect sucks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I owned a 2006 Dodge Charger RT before getting this car so i definitely can't compare it to that but I will say one thing with the gas being so cheap it saves a bundle with gas but not really a good gas saver unless your all highway. My average mpg says 17 and that's what my charger had. I definitely love the shape and style of the car i just wish someone would have told me how much of a pain in the butt it was to keep a black car clean. Not a bad car should of chose the new charger but i'll ride this one out."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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