By Patrick Rall
While the 2.4L engine of the 2013 Dodge Dart GT was least efficient of the engine options for the first year of the new compact sedan, word on the street suggests that the Dart’s most powerful engine will get a big jump in fuel economy figures as it becomes the standard mill for the most popular trimlines among the 2014 model year.
The Chrysler Group announced recently that the 2.4L mill that was originally reserved for the 2013 Dodge Dart GT package will be the standard and only engine for the 2014 Dodge Dart SXT, Limited and GT. It doesn’t come as any surprise that Dodge would want its highest volume trimlines to pack the most power but with that power comes a substantial drop in fuel economy from the standard 2.0L mill and optional 1.4L turbo motor that came in the Dart SXT and Limited models. The 2013 Dart GT with the 2.4L engine offered 33 miles per gallon on the highway with a manual transmission and 30 with the automatic transmission. For comparison, the 2.0L engine offered 36 with a manual transmission while the 2.0 with the automatic transmission only offers 34mpg. The 1.4L turbo motor offers 41, 39 and 37 depending on the trimline and transmission chosen.
However, a rumor that dealerships have received a letter stating that the new standard 2.4L 4-cylinder engine from the SXT, Limited and GT package will offer 36 miles per gallon when mated with a manual transmission. That same bit of information suggests that the 2014 Dart sedans mated to the automatic transmission will offer 35 miles per gallon. This means that the most powerful engine in the 2014 Dart lineup is as efficient as the far less powerful 2.0L engine when fitted with a manual transmission and more efficient than the 2.0 when mated to an automatic.
Should the Allpar report on the new fuel economy figures for the 2014 Dodge Dart with the 2.4L engine be correct – it will be interesting to see what the company has done to squeeze out the extra MPGs. Hopefully this better fuel economy is achieved in some manner that doesn’t hurt power or performance.