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MSRP: $16,495 - $22,995
Invoice: $16,449 - $22,364
MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy
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Dodge Dart Interior

Reviewers say the 2014 Dodge Dart’s interior is pleasant and has an attractive layout, quality materials and many soft-touch surfaces. Even the hard plastics are well-made, they add. The Dart’s cabin is especially roomy for a compact car, reviewers say, with several adding that it feels more like a midsize sedan. Features that come standard on many rivals, including air conditioning, power door locks and cruise control, are only available on the Dart’s higher trims. Reviewers say the optional infotainment system is easy to navigate and one of the nicest in the class thanks to simple menus and a touch screen that’s nearly as large as an iPad.

  • "The Dart's cabin is spacious and well-designed with lots of soft-touch surfaces and good overall control layouts." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Dart's dash top is pleasingly soft, and it flows nicely into the center stack. But like others at this price point there's hard plastic aplenty lower down. The prototype we drove a month ago wasn't fooling anyone, but the plastic parts of the later example we're in today have a nicer molded-in grain and gloss. All told, it's one of the more attractive interiors in the segment." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The interior materials are mostly excellent. Soft-touch padded plastics with attractive finishes cover the dash, arm rests and the top of the doors in most models. The doors' lower surfaces, around the map pockets, have a hard surface and unattractive look. The sculpted leather seats in the model I drove were comfortable and attractive. The thick leather-wrapped steering wheel looks and feels solid and sporty." -- Detroit Free Press (2013)

Seating

The Dodge Dart seats five and comes standard with manually adjustable front seats and a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes. Available features include leather seats, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. Most auto writers agree that the Dodge Dart has a spacious cabin, with several saying it rivals the space offered by a midsize car. All seats are very comfortable, they add, and there’s enough head- and legroom in the back seat to accommodate a 6-foot adult.  

  • "Dodge knows, however, that this car will spend most of its time commuting and such, so the Dart is still plenty comfortable when you're sitting in traffic or navigating well-worn urban streets." -- AutoTrader
  • "If there is a spot where the new Dart separates itself from its compact-car competition, it is the interior. It feels more like that of a midsize car than a compact, with ample front-seat space and rear-seat legroom. The seats are excellent, with the front buckets being class leaders, with good side bolstering and seat bottoms that keep you planted. We liked both the cloth and leather-covered models." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "You might not guess that the Dart is a compact car from sitting in the driver seat. To lift a page from Pontiac's forgotten ‘e aho laula’ ad campaign, wider is indeed better - the Dart's generous width makes the cabin feel spacious and beefs up the car's stance. The seats are comfy and plush, if a bit overstuffed in that traditional Detroit way." -- Edmunds (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Dart comes standard with a four-speaker CD audio system and an auxiliary audio jack. Buyers will have to upgrade to get air conditioning, power door locks and cruise control, which are standard on many rival compact cars. Available features include a USB port, Bluetooth phone streaming, Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, satellite radio and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Additional options include keyless entry, remote start and a backup camera.

Reviewers agree that a large touch screen and simple menus make the Dart’s Uconnect infotainment system easy to use, with a few saying it’s one of the best systems in the class. They also like the bright and clearly marked display in the instrument cluster, which can be customized to bring often-used data to the forefront.

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  • "Properly equipped, however, the Dart is a technological powerhouse, and it all starts with that huge touchscreen, which is one of the most fun and intuitive you'll find in any car. Compared to the complicated MyFord Touch system in the rival Ford Focus, the Dart's Uconnect touchscreen is an ergonomic knockout, providing almost iPad-like clarity and ease of use. Another Ford-like feature is the versatile 7-in TFT display in the gauge cluster, which looks great and can be customized to show the information you value most. We'd just like to see expected niceties such as iPod/USB and Bluetooth integration made standard across the lineup." -- AutoTrader
  • "We highly recommend springing for the available 8.4-inch touchscreen interface for the entertainment and navigation systems. Also found on some other Dodge models, it features easy-to-navigate menus, big touch buttons and an accompanying knob that makes whipping through iPod menus a breeze." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "In terms of usability, this infotainment system sets the standard for the market, let alone the segment." -- Left Lane News (2013)
  • "Different instrument-panel displays are offered, with some top-line ones featuring virtual gauges that are easy to see and quite colorful." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Dodge Dart has 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is typical for a compact sedan, though some rivals offer more room, like the Chevy Cruze, which has 15 cubic feet. Test drivers say that the trunk’s hinges take up space in the cargo area and that folding rear seats can be cumbersome since it requires removing the headrests. One reviewer points out that the Dart lacks a handle to close the trunk. Reviewers are pleased with the amount of interior storage, saying the glovebox is huge and there’s even a nifty compartment inside the front passenger seat cushion.

  • "In addition to a large covered center storage bin, the Dart also has a cavernous glovebox big enough to swallow a laptop. The adult-accommodating rear seats have a fold-down seatback with a 60/40 split in all but the SE." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Venturing beyond cup holders and door slots for beverage containers, this new Dodge has a glove box large enough to swallow an iPad and a secret storage compartment under the front-passenger's-seat cushion." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "The trunk is wide at the back, but absolute volume is only class-competitive, and sickle-shaped lid hinges dip into the load area. The rear seat back folds (split folding on all but the base SE), but the headrests have to be removed if a front seat is even halfway back, and the opening revealed is oddly shaped and not very large." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "It is, however, missing a few things. One small, but incredibly cheap touch a few testers found missing was an inside trunk handle. Just a simple plastic piece that allows you to grab onto the trunk when closing it." -- Motor Trend (2013)
Review Last Updated: 2/19/14

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