2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: I Just Can't Get Comfortable

January 24, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

I just can't get comfortable in our new long-term Dodge Dart. The first problem is the driving position. Our car's six-way manual, height-adjustable driver seat is mounted too high, or rather, it does not go low enough. I cannot push the seat down far enough, which would not only grant my long legs sufficient room, but also extricate my noggin from its current location of 2 cm from the roof.

However, even if the seat could in fact go down more, the steering wheel's positioning would remain an issue. Actually, it would be worse since even when I'm perched atop Mount Dart, the wheel doesn't tilt low enough.

Then there's the seat itself.

See the area above the side bolsters? The outer areas bubble forward and push into my shoulder blades. They drove me nuts on the first drive event for the Dart and they still do today. As such, I end up either hunched over while driving like my Aunt Dianne or setting the seat back to the full Fat Joe (lean back). The latter just brings me back to the steering wheel issue.

I realize at 6-foot-3, not every vehicle is going to fit me like a glove. However, the seats in the Focus, Elantra and Cruze adjust to suit me far better and aren't uncomfortable, either.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 1,916 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Dodge Dart in VA is:

$166 per month*
* Explanation