Redeeming Transmission Qualities - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Redeeming Transmission Qualities

February 20, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

Some editors have already pointed out the annoyances of the 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye's dual-clutch transmission. Basically, it's slow to react and easily confused. Since those are two deficiencies I've also been accused of on several occasions, I probably shouldn't be throwing stones.

Instead I'll focus on some of the redeeming qualities. Such as the perfect throttle blips on manual downshifts.

And that the manual shifting logic is set up in the pattern I prefer. Push forward for downshifts, pull back for upshifts. This is also interesting because it's a change from Chrysler's slap left/slap right manual shift logic.

So while this gearbox can be frustratingly laggy at times, it does have a few positive qualities.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 3,018 miles

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