SHARP TURNS - Dodge Keeps going with The Dart

2014-04-05T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS - Dodge Keeps going with The DartMatt Sharp nwitimes.com
April 05, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Dodge’s Dart remains the next small thing for Dodge, and is just what they needed to compete. The Dart is the first high caliber compact car from dodge sense the Neon back in 1995, which was around until 2005. The remade Dart came from the model back in 1960 witch ran until 1980. Lovers of the old model are raving of the new and improved Dart. In its second year now, it is still a fan favorite and remains known on the streets for its very attention grabbing colors.

The new for 2014 Dart stands out among other compact cars with sporty good looks, a bold back end that resembles the more expensive Charger, an award-winning interior, three all-new engines, an attractive price and a long list of standard and optional features.

Along with all of those pros, there of course comes some cons. The Dart weighs in at 3,186 lbs, which is 300+ heavier then most compact cars. With this oversized car, it will likely be the largest compact car for sale. The outstanding interior came with a few problems as well, the navigation is spotty and unable to gain signal at crucial times. Also with the many trim designs to choose from some of them are missing key features like an iPod jack or other music features.

One of the reasons this compact car is so oversized, is because of its outstanding engines. You can choose from a 2.0L 16-valve Tigershark four-cylinder engine, a 1.4L 16-valve intercooled Turbo engine with MultiAir, and a new 16-valve 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine. One of the biggest differences from last years model is that the 2.4-liter can be found on many more models. From these engines you can get up to 184 HP, 40 highway MPG, 27 city MPG, and 184lb.-ft. of torque. The Dart comes standard with a six-speed transmission (weather you prefer manual or automatic), and you can choose a dual dry clutch transmission with autostick. Those keep your ride as smooth as possible while hugging the ground with great handling.

With all of the Dart’s power Dodge made sure to back it up with safety, with 60 standard and available safety features. The Dart comes equipped with keyless enter ‘n go and push-button start, service tire pressure system, and rain-sensing wipers. All of these help you keep your mind on the road and off of the little things. To take even more stress out of driving the Dart has blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection, to aid you in backing up with a rear back up camera. With all the new features Dodge didn’t forget about the standard safety, with the frame built with advanced high-strength steels, 10 standard airbags, and reactive front head restraints, the dart is built rock solid to protect the driver.

Most of that technologically is on the inside of the 2014 Dart; it all starts with the premium 7-inch reconfigurable cluster display on the dash. It delivers real-time information from navigation to vehicle status. That isn’t the only screen in this compact car either; there is an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect right in the middle of everything. According to Dodge.com the Uconnect screen features AM/FM/CD/MP3 and available SiriusXM Satellite Radio with replay mode. Get up-to-the-minute weather, fuel prices, sports, and movie listings with available Garmin Navigation and SiriusXM Travel Link. It even offers available steering wheel-mounted controls and voice command so you can keep your eyes on the road, and your hands right where they belong.

The elegant interior of the Dart doesn’t stop at the technology; it has all the luxuries you can think of. With many trim and color options; you can customize your car to how you want it. Along with that you get leather trim on the seats with refined animal grain surfaces. Even at night the Dart’s interior is breath taking, with the glow of the touchscreen, the trim lighting (with customizable color), and the unique lights of the dash.

The Dodge Dart competes with all other compact cars and beats out most of them when it comes to interiors. Another way it competes is with pricing, standard the Dart starts out at $15,995, the most expensive model, four door sedan limited, is $19,995 standard. If you’re looking to get all of the bells and whistles for the Dart you’re looking at about $29,395 for a fully loaded Dart R/T.

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