Seat Time: 2014 Dodge Dart GT

March 6th, 2014 at 11:09am

2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Make: Dodge
Model: Dart GT
Model Range: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Si, Toyota Corolla S, Chevrolet Cruze Eco, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Mazdaspeed3
Trim Levels: Limited, Aero, SXT, SE, GT
Price Range: $20,995 Base; $25,125 As Tested
Made in: Belvidere, IL
Drivetrain: 2.4L I4 Tigershark Engine with MultiAir, 184hp, 171 lb-ft; 6-speed Powertech automatic transmission
EPA Ratings: 22 city/31 hwy/26 combined

Read on for Chip Drake‘s final impressions of this vehicle

Notable Features:

  • 2014 Dodge Dart BlacktopGT only ultra-black grille
  • 18″ Inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels
  • LED racetrack-inspired tail lamps
  • GT Nappa leather seat with perforated inserts and red GT accent trim
  • Heated front seats and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Optional $995 Technology Package with rear park assist, blind spot & rear cross detection, rain sensitive wipers and auto high beam control

Final Impression:
Test driving the Dodge Dart GT during some of Michigan’s most frigid temps in years, in fact, does the car a disservice. I mean trying to negotiate our frozen, buckled roads with the snow built up inside the well of its 18-Inch aluminum wheels is just not fair to any compact car, yet it’s the reality of Michigan. So you won’t be surprised when I report that the ride in the Dart GT — at this particular point in time — was like an afternoon in bumper cars at your local amusement park. I wore more coffee, during the week I drove the car, than I consumed.

That said, please don’t think the bumps affected my brain when I admit the car was still fun to drive. The suspension was solid with the steering tight enough to give you a bit of a race car feel behind the wheel. Plus, the 2.4L Tigershark engine was responsive paired with the 6-speed Powertech automatic transmission. So even though the weather was tough on our GT tester, I can only imagine how much fun the drive might be on smoother roads in warmer climes.

Now even though those roads might’ve caused me to spend more time hovering in the cockpit than usual, when I eventually did come down, it was into the Dart’s heated and comfortable seats in front of the Dart’s outstanding “Poltergeist I.P.”

Dodge Dart LCD Instrument Panel

This multi-functional cluster, with red GT accents to boot, gives you a wide range of features at your fingertips integrated with the ghostly image of a smoky plume that seems to disappear during the day and haunts you only at night. Add to that the car’s 8.4-inch touch screen display with Uconnect — probably the best HMI going — and you just may believe that “they’re here” — Dodge that is — competing smack dab in the middle of this tough compact segment.

All in all, the 2014 Dodge Dart GT has a lot going for it both inside and out. I just think I need a second drive with it… perhaps this time in Bermuda.

3 Comments to “Seat Time: 2014 Dodge Dart GT”

  1. Jeff Krieger Says:

    The 2.4L Tigershark engine is not turbocharged. The 1.4T is, and has about the same horsepower.

  2. PHIL LASCO Says:

    Interesting you choose the Ford Fiesta and not the Focus. Isn’t the Mazda 3 a Focus platform car?

  3. John McElroy Says:

    Jeff and Phil — good catches. We’ve fixed those typos. Thanks for keeping us on our toes.