2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Audio Impressions

October 10, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

When I see a branded stereo system in any car, I expect the sound quality to be decent, at the very least. Our Alpine audio system in the long-term Dart set us back $495, but I really don't think it was worth it.

It operates just fine, finding my iPhone without any issues, though it does seem to index my library for a few minutes every time I plug it in. This keeps me from browsing from the list or shuffling.

No, my issue is with the sound quality itself. Whether it's the speakers or system is irrelevant. It sounds muddy on both ends of the spectrum. Highs are pretty much nonexistent with the equalizer flat. As the picture above shows, I have to crank it way up to hear any detail. Down low, the bass just falls apart in a flatulent buzz.

In a big orchestral piece, where highs and lows push systems to their limits, the Dart's Alpine system is a huge disappointment. It's not much better with tracks that are more bass or treble specific, either.

My verdict: Skip the Alpine upgrade and maybe try buying better speakers instead

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 14,754 miles

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By nukedetroit
on 10/10/13
7:08 AM PST

Needs some editing. "...the Dart's [ENTIRETY] is a huge disappointment..." "Maybe people should skip the [DART] and maybe try buying [A BETTER VEHICLE... LITERALLY, ANYTHING ELSE SOLD IN AMERICA] instead."

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