2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test


2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: GPS Speed Limit

March 22, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

When I drove our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye home last night I noticed that the GPS seems to know the speed limit wherever I'm driving. A small, practical version of me wearing all white and sporting a halo popped up on my left shoulder and said, "Hey! That's cool, especially at night when signs are hard to see."

What happened next may have changed my mind about this feature...

The light turned green, I drove on and soon noticed the 'GPS Speed' next to the 'Limit' sign had gone from white to red. Another small, very impractical and paranoid version of me wearing all red, carrying a pitchfork and sporting a cape appeared on my right shoulder and yelled at me, "Hey! They're tracking you! We don't like that feature at all! How can you turn it off?"

I'm still not sure which small version of me to listen to in this case but they both seem to have valid points. Do you want your GPS telling you that you're going 36 mph in a 35 zone, or is it overkill?

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 4,102 miles

Comments

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Could be worse. It could be beeping at you or reminding you through audio that you're going over the limit instead of giving you a fairly subtle reminder!

  • tshoe tshoe Posts:

    We recently bought a new Journey Crew that has this Nav and feature. I think it is a pretty good idea despite driving in the "red" most of the time.

  • some of them will let you set how much over the limit you want it to let you go before it turns red. --- I think showing the speed is handy for those times on less familiar roads when a highway patrol car suddenly appears behind and you are left going "is it 45 or 55 on this road??? I can't remember the last time I saw a speed limit sign!! If I do 45 in a 55 zone he's going to get suspicious and if I do 55 in a 45 I'm going to get a ticket"

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Well, since your eyes should really be on the road in front of you and not the screen off to the side, the red letters shouldn't be a distraction.

  • dm7279 dm7279 Posts:

    This looks like my portable Garmin GPS, which does the same thing. The biggest problem is that the GPS is wrong quite frequently, and if it is telling me that the limit is higher than it actually is, I could be in big trouble. It's wrong enough that I don't really trust it. The rural interstate speed limits in Texas are 75 mph, and have been for at least a year. I updated my maps recently, and it still doesn't know that this has changed (still thinks it's 70 mph).

  • yaymx5_ yaymx5_ Posts:

    @tshoe oh, you speed in a dodge journey? that sounds like so much fun. /sorry

  • meng_mao meng_mao Posts:

    My speedometer tells me I'm speeding, too. The data the inevitable Fed-mandated blackbox needs to bust you is already available, both to your eyes and to the blackbox.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    This capability has been ubiquitous in telematics systems in Korea for several years. They flash and chime when you're going too fast (usually with 10kph threshold over the limit) and also chime when you're approaching a change in the posted speed limit. The latter's very useful in dense, busy areas where a driver legitimately has lots of things to watch for and may miss a speed limit sign.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    the 2013 fiat 500 i drove for almost a month does the exact same thing and defaults to beeping at you when you exceed the speed limit. strange thing is that the car is not even equipped with GPS or infotainment. but it was easy to turn off.

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