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Dodge Dart: free 2.4, price drops

by David Zatz on

The 2014 Dodge Dart has more standard features, including the 184-horsepower 2.4 engine standard on Dart SXT, Limited, and GT, while the $15,995 Dart SE keeps the 2.0 and Aero keeps the 1.4. There are no optional engines on any model, according to Dodge press releases.

The 2.4 liter engine used to be part of the GT group; it raises power to 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, but cuts gas mileage down to 23/33 with the manual, and 21/30 on the automatic (unchanged from 2013). The 2.0, in contrast, is rated at 25/36 (manual), while the Aero is rated at 28/41 (manual); owners report that these EPA estimates are accurate for their daily driving.

The Dart SE was upgraded with more standard features, and a Convenience Group to bring it roughly to old-SXT status, making the base model appealing to a much broader range of buyers; air conditioning is still optional on the SE (included in Convenience Group).

Dart SXT ($18,495) has the racetrack tail lamps, underbody aero kit, voice control, filtered air conditioning, and other conveniences. Rallye is an SXT package, with a touring suspension, black 17-inch wheels and grille, dual exhaust, fog lamps, striped cloth seats, audio controls on the steering wheel, and Rallye badge. (The touring suspension includes a rear stabilizer bar in both Rallye and GT).

Dart Aero starts at $19,995 and includes most of the options of Limited, with the Fiat turbo engine and top gas mileage of 41 mpg highway.

Dart Limited, at $22,995, adds the 2.4, a standard automatic, racetrack tail lamps, keyless entry/start, Nappa leather seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, power sunroof, 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, dual-zone automatic temperature control, remote start, 10-way power driver seat, reconfigurable gauges, backup camera, LED interior lighting, garage door opener, heated power mirrors with lamps, fog lamps, and more. Limited buyers can also get the Technology Group, which includes blind-spot monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, rear park assist system, HID headlamps, rain-sensitive wipers, and an ultrasonic intrusion alarm.

Dart GT starts at $20,995, below Limited; it is an SXT with the sport suspension and steering, keyless entry/start, 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust, blackened look, fog lamps, heated mirrors with lamps, perforated Nappa leather seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, 8.4-inch touchscreen stereo, remote CD player, reconfigurable gauges, backup camera, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and remote start (with automatic).

For more, see our Dodge Dart page.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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