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2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: Mildly Useful Storage

February 5, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT

There are plenty of ideas that look good on paper, but then fail to deliver much in the flesh. The Dart's underseat storage bin might be one of those ideas.

I say "might" because I have yet to find a use for the hidden compartment under the front passenger seat compartment. That doesn't mean it's useless, but I'm struggling to figure out what it's good for.

Given its location, the hidden compartment seems like a good place to put something you want out of sight. Seems logical enough, but if I have something truly valuable like a wallet or phone that I want to leave behind I would rather put it in the locked glove box. The storage bin might be bigger, but not by much.

There's also the odd issue of getting to whatever you put in there. You pretty much have to be driving by yourself since you're not going to want to ask your passenger to get out of the car so you can retrieve your wallet.

Thankfully, we have this car for a while, so a practical use might reveal itself in the months ahead. For now, however, it's an interesting idea without a practical purpose.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,189 miles


Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    The NC Miata has similarly sized compartments in the bulkhead behind the seats. Just like the Dart, the passenger has to get out (or just not be there) to access it. I keep a container of interior cleaning wipes in there. They're there when I need them, but I don't need instant on-the-fly access to them, so it works nicely.

  • I have tons of stuff I keep in my underseat drawers in my car that I only use occasionally: Flashlight Tylenol Glass breakage tool Checkbook etc etc

  • nse nse Posts:

    That space is good for: first aid kits, flashlight, and analog maps.

  • fsunole fsunole Posts:

    Lets be honest, it's where teenagers are going to stash their drugs.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    "I have tons of stuff I keep in my underseat drawers in my car that I only use occasionally...Glass breakage tool " You've had to use a glass breakage tool occasionally? As in you've been trapped in a sinking car more than once? And in those occasions you've had time to reach under a seat to get the tool before saving yourself?

  • yaymx5_ yaymx5_ Posts:

    @stovt001 When I was trying to fix a rattling piece of trim in my NC Miata, I took out the rear bulkhead for a few minutes. I noticed something interesting. The storage bins only fill a small amount (maybe 1/3 to 1/2) of the space under the convertible to

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @stovt001: That's exactly what came to my mind about the glass breakage tool! You and fsunole gave me a good laugh.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @stovt001: That's exactly what came to my mind about the glass breakage tool! You and fsunole gave me a good laugh.

  • fullrunxi fullrunxi Posts:

    Drugs.

  • blue_stage blue_stage Posts:

    Maybe it's just big enough to visit the manual?

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