Fussy Speedometer Graphics - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Fussy Speedometer Graphics

September 6, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

I can't fully explain why, but I find the 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye's speedometer tough to read quickly sometimes. And when it comes to staying close to the legal limit, an easy-to-read speedometer is nice to have.

I think the problem is that I get confused as to whether the white or red hash marks are indicating "0" or "5" of the current mph, if I'm just glancing over.

Maybe I don't have enough brain processors. Or, maybe the multiple large hash marks truly do confuse things.

Luckily, the Dart also has an easy-to-read digital speedometer if you scroll through the displays in the middle of the instrument panel. So when I'm in the Dart, I always have it on this screen. It's just easier.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 13,317 miles


  • count me in the group that prefers less artsy and more useful speedometer readouts. Although they at least get some credit for not making the speedo go up to 180 or something like that.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    That's like the worst-looking set of gauges I've seen in a long while.

  • benson12 benson12 Posts:

    Very busy layout and the font is hard to read. Sadly done more for style than for usability.

  • ajac03 ajac03 Posts:

    Yeah it is a little bit too busy, but at least they had the decency to put a digital readout too.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    An overly-stylized font and bold, busy hashmarks make this hard to read. It isn't just you.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    There is simply no part of this POS that Fiasler designed well.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    It's hard to read at first (this is my first time really looking at the Dart's speedometer) but it's probably something I'd get used to over time. Still, IMHO, the red outer marks should denote 10's and the smaller white intermediate marks should denote 5's. Seems more intuitive that way.

  • Terrible design. Looks tacky and busy. Would've been much better off without the red lines...

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Unfortunately, unless you get the Dart with the TFT display (which is pretty slick), the "base" instrument cluster looks like that, it's pretty bad. Even more unfortunate is that if you get the manual transmission, the TFT display is actually even more of a PITA because the tach is now buried to the far left!

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Awful. Annoying. And not even attractive.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Overdesigned. Bleh.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    I'm glad someone finally noticed how bad these gauges are. It's enough to make me not want to buy the car. It would have taken the same effort to make them look good. The Volvo S60 is an excellent example.

  • se_riously se_riously Posts:

    1st generation Lexus LS has (in my opinion) the finest analog gauges of all time. Easy to see, easy to read. Nothing more, nothing less.

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