2014 Dodge Dart vs. 2014 Ford Focus

Compact sedans used to be far from thrilling vehicles, but that’s changed thanks to cars like the 2014 Dodge Dart that offer great performance, fuel efficiency, and today’s latest features. If you’re thinking about the Dodge Dart, you may also be considering the 2014 Ford Focus. The Focus is definitely one of the nicer compact cars out there, but can it stand up to the Dart?

Performance

The 2014 Focus has one standard gasoline option, which is a 2.0L four-cylinder capable of 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. That’s certainly on the high side for this class, but the Dodge Dart’s standard engine puts out 160 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, and there are two higher-powered engines after that. The most power you’ll get with the Dart is with the 2.4L four-cylinder that releases 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. If you want great performance, you won’t find it from Ford.

Fuel Economy

Many drivers are turning to compacts because they do offer improved fuel economy. The Ford Focus has a special Super Fuel Economy package that raises gas mileage to 7.2L/100 km city and 4.8L/100 km highway. The Dodge Dart Aero trim clock in at a similar 7.2L/100 km city and 4.9L/100 km highway, but its 1.4L turbo engine raises power to 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. That means great performance and great fuel economy when you choose the Dart over the Focus.

Touchscreen Interface

Both the Dart and Focus can be upgraded with modern interfaces. The MyFord Touch is eight inches and looks pretty sharp. It can be easily customized, but critics like Edmunds.com have found the buttons difficult to determine while driving. On the other hand, Edmunds liked the Dart’s 8.4-inch touchscreen. Menus are simple and direct while the buttons are large and easy to see.

Test Drive the Dodge Dart at Crestview Chrysler

Based on our comparison, the Dodge Dart is a winner. Ultimately the decision is up to you, though. To get a closer look at the 2014 Dart, come to our Moose Jaw-area car dealership. We’re located in Regina at 601 Albert Street. Visit soon and take a test drive!