Plenty of Utility for a Small Sedan - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: Plenty of Utility for a Small Sedan

January 30, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

Enough about the transmission already, let's talk about the Dart's trunk shall we? What could be more exciting than the trunk of a compact sedan?

In this case, there's plenty to talk about. For one, the Dart's rear seats fold down, so when you have to carry something awkward home it's not a problem at all. These boxes for new blinds were just under five-feet long and they fit easily. They might have even fit horizontally in the trunk, but I had a storage rack box already taking up space there.

The seats themselves are easy to fold. There's no latch, just a cloth loop on each side that you pull to get them down. The headrests do rub the front seats, though, so it might require a trip up front to make enough room.

Getting things in and out of the trunk is fairly easy given the wide opening and modest liftover. If there's one thing to pan it's the hinges. They arc down into the cargo space, but I did notice that they hug the sides of the space close enough that you're not likely to put anything in their path anyway. Overall, it's a nice setup for a small sedan, one that will rarely leave you needing additional room unless you're taking home something really big, in which case you might as well just borrow a bigger vehicle anyway.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,181 miles


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    That wonderfully large opening is an advantage of gooseneck hinges, but it would be nice if they were sheathed so you would be prevented from accidentally loading something into the crush zone.

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