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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

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