Lighting With a Purpose - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

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

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