Looks Good in Rallye Trim - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: Looks Good in Rallye Trim

May 24, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

Ever since I first laid eyes on it, I've liked the Dodge Dart's basic shape. It's smooth and flowing, and unlike cars like the Hyundai Elantra and some other cars I could name, the sides aren't mucked up by an abundance of creases.

But it's the Rallye trim level that really does it for me. The keys are black headlight housings instead of chrome, the relatively small amount of black paint that bridges the gap between those headlights and the grille, and the black-colored bumper segment between the grille and the lower air intake. The body-colored grille crosshairs on a black background helps, too.

2013 Dodge Dart

Without these simple touches the Dart's look can tend toward nondescript, especially in a bland color. While I'm sure those that like nondescript sedans would disagree, I'm of the opinion that all Darts should have the Rallye front end.

And the back half ain't bad, either.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,025 miles


  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    I agree. I really like this version of the Dart (although I wishit were a hatch), that's why I have been so disappointed with what I have read about the performance of the automatic. I really want this car on my list for my next new car, but like Focus I will probably have to leave it off. Why is it that only VW can make a DSG type box work on a reasonably priced car?

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I agree, I really like the Dart's clean, slightly understated but somehow still distinctive styling, especially in Rallye trim.

  • Another +1 on the styling. I do prefer the Rallye appearance, but if I were buying I would get the Limited, due to the available features. I considered trading-in my Journey for one, but it would be the automotive equivalent of culture shock for my wife. And bankerdanny, I have wondered the same thing about dual-clutch automatics. Although VW's DSG is lauded now, I seem to remember that it wasn't well-reviewed at first, and it took VW a few updates to get it right. Maybe that means there's hope for Ford & Dodge?

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