Respectable Moving Companion - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Respectable Moving Companion

October 29, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

For several reasons, our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye was my support vehicle during my recent house move. Actually, it was part of a fleet of vehicles that included a 17-foot U-Haul truck, MkVI Volkswagen GTI and a two-decades-old Toyota pickup.

Obviously, a small sedan would never be anyone's first choice for moving, but over the course of a very long weekend, the Dart provided reasonable utility.

Trunk capacity in this car is 13.1 cubic feet, which is average for a compact sedan. What this number doesn't tell you about, though, is the height of the Dart's trunk. The opening is pretty large and vertical clearance remains consistent in the trunk, and it's maintained by the pass-through created by flopping down the 60/40-split rear seats.

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

Accordingly, I was able to load this Amazon box, which is just under 17 inches tall and about three-and-a-half feet long. The rear seats don't fold perfectly flat, but once you have enough boxes piled on top of them, the slope really isn't an issue.

The gooseneck-style trunk hinges proved to be the only real annoyance. They don't intrude that much into the actual cargo space, but as Dan Edmunds discovered when loading dog food, they don't hold the trunk lid up with much authority. Merely brushing the lid while trying to finagle boxes into place would cause it to slam shut.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor


Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    However, the gooseneck hinges are what allow for that conveniently large opening.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    This has been Part 6 in the Edmunds series, "Yeah, We Know the Dart is [non-permissible content removed], But We Can't Come Out and Say That So We're Going to Post About Trivial Mundanities Instead."

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    @ nukedetroit: How delighted were you when the Red Sox eliminated the Tigers? Must have been a truly gratifying moment.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    Way to stay on topic.

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    nukedetroit I don't understand your personal hatred for this car. Did the Dart personally attack you in some way?

  • pikey3 pikey3 Posts:

    my guess is a dart in his neighborhood pulled a Christine and ran over his dog.

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