What Is It?
2014 Dodge Dart SXT Blacktop
What's New About This Model?
Available only on the 2014 Dodge Dart SXT model with Rallye Appearance Group, the new Blacktop package adds what Dodge calls "sinister" style to the brand's economical compact sedan.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2014 Dodge Dart SXT Blacktop will begin arriving at dealers in the first quarter of 2014.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Blacktop package adds $295 to the cost of a 2014 Dodge Dart SXT with the Rallye Appearance Group, priced at $19,985, including $995 destination charge. Total for the 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop: $20,280, including destination fee.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder, 184 horsepower, 174 pound-feet of torque
· Six-speed manual transmission; available six-speed automatic
· EPA rated at 22 mpg city and 35 mpg highway
What Unique Features Does the Blacktop Package Offer?
Exterior features of the 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop include gloss black mirrors and 18-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, in addition to items already included on the SXT with Rallye Appearance Group. These include a gloss black, split crosshair grille, dark-tinted projector headlamps, projector fog lamps, integrated dual exhaust, LED tail lamps and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Available exterior colors include Billet Silver, Blue Streak, Bright White, Granite Crystal Metallic, Header Orange, Pitch Black and Redline Red.
The 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop gets a premium cloth interior in black and red, with red accent stitching on the instrument panel brow, center console and seat bolsters and dual red accents on the front seats and door trim panels. Buyers may also select a black and light Tungsten cloth interior. Bluetooth connectivity is standard.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Focus: Although the 2014 Ford Focus does not offer anything that looks quite as sinister as the Dart SXT Blacktop, buyers can dress the Focus up with such items as a $995 five-piece body kit that bundles a lower front skirt, rocker panels and a rear diffuser.
Honda Civic: Honda also stops short of offering anything quite as Darth Vader-ish as the Dart SXT Blacktop, but the Civic can be customized any number of ways, including such items as a $225 body side molding, a $299 deck lid spoiler and 18-inch HFD diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Toyota Corolla: Toyota aims for greater practicality with its packages and accessories for the 2014 Corolla. They include a $2,360 Driver Convenience package that may not be as head-turning as what you get with the Dart SXT Blacktop, but should make the ownership experience pleasant. Details include remote keyless entry and a premium audio system.
Should You Wait for It?
For buyers looking for a compact sedan with a bit of extra pizzazz, the 2014 Dodge Blacktop should be worth a very short wait.