Taking the Good With the Bad - 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: Taking the Good With the Bad

September 19, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

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


Comments

  • shatner shatner Posts:

    Ah Dodge quality.... Parts fall off when new, just wait until this car is 8 years old.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    I find it ironic that the two cars in the fleet with the most suspect build quality are the Dodge and the Mercedes. Anyone remember the crap that the Daimler-Chrysler 'marriage of equals' put out?

  • unionbuster unionbuster Posts:

    Some are more easily impressed than others. That is the only reason Fiasler continues to exist.

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