Easy Bluetooth Streaming Audio - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: Easy Bluetooth Streaming Audio

February 13, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

More and more, cars are passing the no-manual-needed rule when it comes to initial phone pairing. That's the case with the 2013 Dodge Dart. Touch the phone icon on the screen, pick "settings" then "paired phones" and "add device." There's the parallel process on the phone for finding the Uconnect system and adding the pin, and that's easy to do as well.

What I didn't expect was that Bluetooth streaming audio would be ready to go without any more fuss. When I touched "player" on the screen, the audiobook I had been listening to on my iPhone kicked right in. What a pleasure. In my own car (a 2011 BMW 328i), the initial set-up of Bluetooth streaming audio was less than intuitive. It's also no fun that I have to reset it if I should need to connect my iPhone via USB for charging. Believe it or not, BMW, that does happen from time to time.

I was less thrilled with the Dodge Dart's phone system after the initial set-up. It didn't seem to recognize that I had already paired a phone, and repeatedly asked if I wanted to add one. A visit to Chrysler's Uconnect System Mobile Device Support page on the Web helped resolve the issue. (Why not check the user's manual, you ask? More about that in another post.) The phone must be unlocked before the car's Bluetooth system starts hunting around for it. That was easy enough to do. Now back to Chapter 6 of "State of Wonder."

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @2,533 miles

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