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2013 Dodge Dart: Coldish or Warmish?

April 9, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

In an earlier post, Editor James Riswick noted how unnecessarily complicated the air-conditioner controls of our 2013 Dodge Dart are. But I'd like to point out how the temperature controls themselves are lacking in a crucial detail: degrees. Looking at this screen how can you tell how warm or cold you are making it with that slider? I mean, is this a thing now?

Maybe it's just me. I like a visual indicator telling me that I'm making the cabin 70 degrees instead of 80. Does this lack of information bug you, too?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts: have manual heat and A/C, not climate control, as stated in the Riswick post you linked to. In manual systems, there is no thermostat, and no way to set a specific temperature setting. It's been this way for 50 years that I know of. So yeah, it's just you. Why am I having to tell something like this to someone who works at Edmunds?

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    This seems to be the auto journalist's dream. How many car reviews have I read that have begged for a simple three-dial HVAC interface with a blue-to-red temperature control. I guess this is what you get when you have a touchscreen combined with an old-school blue-to-red temperature control.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    It's interesting that this and JRiz's post both missed some pretty obvious concepts on the screen's HVAC status. Perhaps Dodge needs to upgrade to a 11" screen or something.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Not climate control so no digits. You have an electronic interface to a manual system. A touch screen does not always imply sophistication.

  • preed4962 preed4962 Posts:

    Wow, I can't get over how ignorant these reviewers are... They never went back and corrected their original review about how the climate control doesn't indicate fan speed, when indeed it does. Really bad... Now I question every review I have ever read here...

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