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2014 Dodge Dart Review

Despite its zippy handling, jazzy styling, and spacious cabin, the 2014 Dodge Dart ranks low because it trails rivals in base engine acceleration, standard features, and reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious cabin
  • Sporty handling
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Sparsely equipped base model
  • Poky base engine




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.5
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2014 Dodge Dart Overview

Is the 2014 Dodge Dart a Good Used Car?

The Dart competes in a tough class. On top of that, a low reliability rating holds a lot of weight on the used car market. This Dodge comes with few standard equipment and an underwhelming base engine, making its lower trims unappealing. For a Dart with a good amount of features, you’ll have to pay several thousand dollars more than what the base model costs. At that price, you’re better off with one of the Dart’s rivals.

Used 2014 Dodge Dart Performance and Interior

The base Dart is equipped with a 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is sluggish from a stop. Alternatively, the Dart Aero comes with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder produces that the same horsepower but offers more torque and better fuel economy. For even more oomph, you’ll want the Dart SXT or above, which all use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 184 horsepower. However, it’s not as quick as the performance-tuned versions of rival compact cars

A six-speed manual transmission comes standard in most trims, and a six-speed automatic transmission is available. With the base engine and the automatic transmission, the Dart returns 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is a bit low for the class. However, the Aero trim achieves impressive gas mileage: 28/38 mpg city/highway. The Dart has a responsive ride, quick steering, and impressive handling – especially in the performance-tuned GT model.

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The Dart’s cabin showcases soft-touch materials, attractive styling, and a common-sense layout. It has comfortable seating for five on cloth or leather upholstery. Well-equipped models have heated front seats with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, as well as a heated steering wheel. The Dart has roomier rear seats than some midsize cars, making it easy to shuttle the kids around. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat.

While the Dart comes standard with a four-speaker audio system and an auxiliary port, not all models include common must-haves like power door locks, air conditioning, or cruise control. The available Uconnect infotainment system is one of the best on the market and features a large 8.4-inch touch screen. The Dart is also available with a digital instrument display, remote start, a proximity key, navigation, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. 

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Used 2014 Dodge Dart Prices

The price of a used 2014 Dodge Dart ranges from about $10,400 for a base SE model to around $14,700 for a Dart Limited. Prices vary based on the car’s demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Dodge Dart?

The 2014 Dodge Dart has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. Three is an average score for all cars.

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How Safe Is the Dart?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2014 Dart a Top Safety Pick, while the

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it five out of five stars overall. Aside from basic safety features like airbags, a rearview camera is available along with several driver assistance features. Dodge Dart GT and Limited models equipped with the Technology Group come with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and rear parking sensors. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Dart?

Dodge reintroduced the Dart for 2013 and ceased production of it after the 2016 model year. Aside from a reshuffling of engines and options for 2014, changes have been minimal over the years. Therefore, you may want to look for an older model to save some money. 

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Which Used Dodge Dart Is Right for Me

The 2014 Dart comes in five trim levels: SE, Aero, SXT, Rallye, Limited, and GT. For plenty of features, shop for a Dart GT or Limited trim. They come with the 2.4-liter engine, an automatic transmission, the Uconnect infotainment system, a digital instrument display, a proximity key, a power driver’s seat, and a heated steering wheel. Several advanced safety features can also be found across used models. 

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Dart. For certified pre-owned Dodge vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Dodge Dart and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Dart or 2014 Hyundai Elantra?

Skip the Dart and go for the Hyundai Elantra. Like the Dart, the Elantra has nimble handling and a taut ride, with a so-so base engine and available engines that offer additional power. The Dart offers more rear-seat space, but the Elantra has a larger trunk. The Elantra offers sedan, hatchback, and coupe body styles. It scores a higher reliability rating, which means it could save you money down the road.

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Dart or 2014 Chevrolet Cruze?

There are many similarities between the Dart and the Chevy Cruze: roomy rear seats, a stylish cabin, and a trio of engines that offer similar power and fuel economy. In the Cruze, a turbodiesel engine achieves similar gas mileage to the Dart Aero. Still, at the end of the day, you’re better off with the Cruze. It has a higher reliability rating, a smoother ride, and a larger trunk. Also, the Cruze comes standard with a USB port, satellite radio, and Bluetooth.

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