2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Taking the Good With the Bad
September 19, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye and I have a history. A history of me breaking things on it, that is. First it was the outer door handle coming off in my hand, then the center armrest bin latch fell off.
But I'm trying to put those behind me because, I like driving this thing.
And no, it's not just the rumbly exhaust, although it does make me grin whenever I fire the Dart up.
But the seats fit me well, they're covered with grippy cloth and the interior doesn't feel confining.
The turbo power, although a little laggy, has good punch when it hits. I like a car with some personality.
And the handling is decent enough to make the occasional corner fun while the ride is perfectly comfortable for just motoring on down the highway.
What this Dart desperately needs, at least from my perspective, is to make it through the final 6,000 miles or so of our long-term test without any more parts falling off. Oh, and I would've preferred a manual transmission. But it's too late to change that now.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 13,317 miles