Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Chevrolet Cruze VS 2014 Dodge Dart Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze

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2014 Dodge Dart

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Cruze are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Dodge Dart has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Cruze and Dart have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Cruze has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Dart’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Cruze has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Dart doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Cruze and the Dart have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Cruze is safer than the Dodge Dart:

Cruze

Dart

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

30%

Neck Stress

161 lbs.

334 lbs.

Neck Compression

33 lbs.

107 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

340/399 lbs.

640/499 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

161 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

169/309 lbs.

453/340 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Cruze is safer than the Dodge Dart:

Cruze

Dart

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

317 lbs.

341 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

327

381

Spine Acceleration

29 G’s

45 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

14 inches

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

48 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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The Cruze’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Dart’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cruze for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Dart.

There are over 43 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Cruze’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Chevrolet Cruze’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Dart’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. and 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 65 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

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The Cruze’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 148) than the Dart SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Cruze’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 184) than the Dart Aero’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Cruze’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 171) than the Dart SXT/Limited/GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Popular Mechanics the Chevrolet Cruze turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Dart Aero 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

Cruze

Dart

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.3 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Cruze turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Dart Aero 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Cruze

Dart

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

16.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Cruze 2.0 turbo diesel 4 cyl. Auto gets better highway fuel mileage than the Dart 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. Auto (46 hwy vs. 41 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Cruze ECO gets better fuel mileage than the Dart:

Cruze

Dart

1. 4 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/42 hwy

27 city/39 hwy

1. 4 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Cruze stops much shorter than the Dart:

Cruze

Dart

80 to 0 MPH

231 feet

236 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

189 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

132 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Cruze has larger standard tires than the Dart (215/60R16 vs. 205/55R16). The Cruze LTZ’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Dart (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Cruze LT handles at .87 G’s, while the Dart Limited pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cruze ECO goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.9 MPH faster than the Dart Aero (67.7 vs. 64.8 MPH).

The Cruze LT performs Popular Mechanics’ emergency lane change maneuver 2.7 MPH faster than the Dart Aero (60.66 vs. 57.98 MPH).

The Cruze LTZ executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Dart Limited (27.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Cruze LS/1LT/ECO/Diesel’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Dart’s (35.7 feet vs. 36.5 feet). The Cruze 2LT/LTZ’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Dart GT’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Cruze LT is quieter than the Dart Aero:

Cruze

Dart

At idle

38 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Cruze has .7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the Dart.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Cruze has a much larger trunk than the Dart (15.4 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Cruze easier. The Cruze’s trunk lift-over height is 28.6 inches, while the Dart’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

The Cruze’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Dart SE/Aero’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Cruze’s standard front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Dart’s standard power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically. The Dart Limited/GT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

The Cruze’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Dart.

The Cruze has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Dart SE.

The Cruze has standard power remote mirrors. The Dart only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Optional Chevrolet MyLink for the Cruze allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Dart doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Cruze, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Dart.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Cruze will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Cruze will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Dart.

Cruze

Dart

Five Year

39% to 41%

31% to 32%

Three Year

56% to 57%

46% to 48%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cruze is less expensive to operate than the Dart because typical repairs cost much less on the Cruze than the Dart, including $30 less for an alternator, $136 less for front struts, $163 less for a timing belt/chain and $500 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Chevrolet Cruze has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Cruze

Dart

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

TRUE

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

1

Road & Track performed a comparison test in its October 2012 issue and they ranked the Chevrolet Cruze ECO five places higher than the Dodge Dart Aero.

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