2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: Lighting With a Purpose

August 26, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

I haven't yet decided how I feel about driving our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart. But on the way home last night, I realized just how much I like our Dart SXT Rallye's interior lighting: a lot.

2013 Dodge Dart

Ambient lighting is now widespread in budget-priced compact sedans, but in many of these cars, it's executed in a haphazard and half-hearted fashion. Not so in our Dodge, where a red ribbon of light encircles the gauge pack and the 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center stack. It visually unifies them into a single shape that I find quite attractive.

Totally unrelated to this is the Dart's map light design. Years ago, one of my mentors and I were riding in a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. He pointed up to the map lights and said, "I always like how Dodge does these. If you can see them, you can turn them on."

Thirteen years later, our Dodge Dart has the same map lights. It's a small touch, but at night, it adds greatly to the car's ease of use. Of course, there are other cars besides the Dart that use these map lights. But I like how Dodge has retained this design through thick and thin.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 12,899 miles


  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    If only driving was half descent...

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    I cannot imagine anything more distracting than having ribbons of light all around the interior when trying to drive at night. That feature does have an off switch, I hope.

  • dby2012 dby2012 Posts:

    It's not distracting at all- it is very subtle-and yes you can turn it off or change the brightness of both the red ribbon and the lcd screens. Not sure if anyoe at Edmunds actually reads these comments but I have read a new software update became available this week for the DDCT. Early reports have been extremely positive and owners have said it is a dramatic improvement.

  • unionbuster unionbuster Posts:

    Edmunds truly is grasping at straws for things to say they like about the Dart.

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    @ dby2012: We'll definitely look into a software update for the transmission. Thanks for the tip. -Erin

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    @eriches Good luck with that given the poor service you have received at your regular stealership.

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