Mostly Quiet on the Highway - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Mostly Quiet on the Highway

October 28, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

Last week I took my only real long drive in our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart. It's about 110 miles from my house to Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California.

I hit a bunch of traffic on the return trip, which on its own took about three hours. Until everything ground to a halt, though, the Dart was unexpectedly serene at highway speeds.

Neither wind noise nor tire noise is especially noticeable at 70 mph on the highway. For its class, the Dart is acceptably quiet in my view.

To my ears, engine roar is the biggest contributor to cabin noise, and it's really only an issue when you ask the turbo 1.4-liter to dig deep for a passing maneuver on an uphill grade. I like small, turbocharged engines, but the Dart might just be too big and heavy to use an engine this small. I have a feeling the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder on the GT version (an equipment package on the Limited trim level) might be more my speed.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor


  • emajor emajor Posts:

    Erin, I'm surprised to read that you find engine roar to be the most noticeable component of cabin noise. Aside from subcompacts with straining 1.5 liter engines, I rarely notice a car's engine at highway speeds unless downshifting, and then the noise is temporary. Tire noise is what kills me, and that never goes away. I've owned a few louder highway cars and it is always the tire roar that makes the cabin noisy.

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