Plug-In Preferences - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Plug-In Preferences

May 27, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

Our long-term Dodge Dart has a USB port and aux jack hidden away in the center console armrest bin (there's also a power outlet in there). Like most of these in-the-bin situations, the Dart has a handy cutout that allows you to keep your smart phone or mp3 player within reach, but still close the door on the bin and not pinch your cord.

Other cars' USB ports and aux jacks are located on the center stack, sometimes behind little doors and sometimes au naturel.

Now, obviously, you don't get to choose where these conveniences are located in a car, but perhaps you have a preference, nonetheless. After living with each for a while (via our long-term fleet), I've come to prefer the exposed-on-the-center-stack setup, because I'm lazy and have a bum right shoulder that makes it a pain (both literally and figuratively) to deal with the center console bin.

In your opinion, where is the ideal location for the USB port or aux jack?

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor @ 10,500 miles


  • lsiii lsiii Posts:

    For me the USB port must be in the center console if not then hidden in a lidded bin in the dashboard. I want my device hidden and away from prying eyes and I don't want to have to put it up and pull it out every time I get in the car.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    I don't mind the jacks being in the bin. And when they are there, the cutouts for the wire to pass through is nice. However, the location of the jacks within the bin seem to always be chosen by someone who doesn't think the bin is used for everything else. Why are the jacks always at or near the bottom of the bin. They are impossible to reach without unloading some of the junk you already have in there. And, once plugged in, all your junk rests on the cable and puts too much strain on the spot where the cable meets the plug and, after a while, damages your cables. I'm all for putting the jacks in the bin, but can we please move them closer to the top?

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