- Compact sedan (re)debuted in 2013
- Up to 41 mpg on the highway
- 10 standard airbags
Dodge resurrected an old name for its new compact sedan and the 2014 Dodge Dart returns a year removed from its debut with no substantive changes.
Dodge is attempting to position the Dart as a sportier, more fun to drive alternative to segment mainstays like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. In that vein, it offers more powertrain variety than most of the competition with three available four-cylinder engines that offer different advantages.
Standard is a 160-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that makes the same horsepower is optional. The turbocharged mill offers similar performance, but an upgrade in fuel economy thanks to its smaller size. Topping the range is a 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that offers better performance. Transmission types include a six-speed manual transmission, or choice of two six-speed automatic transmissions, one with an option for auto-manual shift control.
The Dart differs from the brasher styling of other Dodge models like the Charger and Challenger, with a small, thin front-grille and more curves that give the Dart a slippery look. Available active grille shutters that open and close based on vehicle speed and engine temperature, help to improve fuel economy. The rear taillights ape the “racetrack” LED piping found on the Charger giving the Dart a unique look from the rear, especially at night. 16-inch steel wheels are standard with larger 17-inch steel or aluminum wheels also available.
Inside, the Dart offers a roomy cabin that beats much of the competition on interior volume. Standard interior features include power windows and locks, auxiliary audio input, and cloth seating surfaces. Upgrades include a power driver’s seat, heated leather seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available multimedia features include Chrysler UConnect with Bluetooth connectivity that accepts voice commands, SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation, and an 8.4-inch touch-screen display.
Standard safety features include ten airbags, electronic stability and traction control, and antilock brakes with brake assist. A rear back up camera and rear cross path detection system are available. The Dart also performed very well in crash tests, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.