2014 Dodge Dart
The 2014 Dodge Dart is the first product of joint Fiat-Chrysler and it is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform. “Dart” is the name of a successful Dodge’s compact of the 1960s and 70s. The Dart is now Dodge’s first offering in the compact sedan segment since the Neon was discontinued in 2005. The new Dodge Dart has an attractive interior made with a blend of soft-touch and hard plastic surface that are well-constructed. Front seats are supportive and there is an ample space in the back. The new Dart also offers a comfortable ride, a responsive handling and well-weighted steering. The 2014 Dart competes with the Kia Forte, Mazda3, Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze and Honda Civic.
The five-passenger Dodge Dart is a compact sedan that is offered in five trim levels: SE, SXT, Aero, GT and Limited. The base SE comes standard with 16-inch wheels, a height-adjustable front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power windows, cloth upholstery and a 4-speaker audio system with a CD player. An auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry, power mirrors, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity are all available as options.
The SXT model adds to the SE with options a sliding front armrest, automatic headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels and a six-speaker audio system. The Uconnect Touchscreen package adds a 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, a rearview camera and a 9-speaker Alpine sound system, while the Rallye Appearance Group adds a sport tuned suspension, dual exhaust tips, a leather-wrapped shift knob and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The 2014 Dodge Dart Aero comes with all the SXT’s standard equipment and adds the 8.4-inch touchscreen, the rearview camera and leather upholstery as standard features. The GT adds 18-inch wheels, a six-way power front seats, heated steering wheel, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Limited adds a navigation system, a sunroof and perforated leather upholstery. A blind-spot warning system, rear parking sensors and xenon headlights with automatic high-beam control are available as options for the GT and Limted.
The 2014 Dodge Dart SE comes with a 2.0-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine (Tigershark) that produces 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional.
The Dart Aero comes with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder Multiair engine that produces 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed manual transmission is standard while a 6-speed Dual Dry Clutch Automated transmission is available.
The SXT, GT and Limited come with a 2.4-liter 16-valve four-cylinder Tigershark Multiair II engine that produces 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission is also standard on the SXT and GT. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional on the SXT and GT and standard on the Limited.
Experts from Aol Autos say about 2014 Dodge Dart:
The Dodge Dart proves that Chrysler hasn’t lost its design mojo, and that Fiat’s stewardship is a positive arrangement. Attractive, roomy, comfortable, and handsomely turned out within, it also has an exceptionally solid feel, with above average road manners. Attractive pricing and an array of optional goodies make the Dart a compelling choice among sport compacts.
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