2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Touchy Brakes
July 10, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart has sensitive brakes. You roll to a red light or a stop sign, roll onto the pedal gently, then lurch. Even light pressure brings a quick clamp. This proves useful for unexpected slowing at highway speeds, and indeed our Dart slows itself better than most in its class. The Dart requires 117 feet to stop from 60 mph; most in the class require 120 feet or more.
And during the Dart's track testing, our drivers noted firm and consistent brake feel, although the pads were stinking up the place by the end of the braking runs. So while the brakes do their job, the lack of linearity is more than a little annoying when coming to rest at an intersection or crab-walking your way through city congestion.
The Dodge Dart's not the only one with this characteristic, though. Our long-term Ford Focus ST also has sensitive binders, and it was one of the few, more universal grumbles about our Jaguar XF.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor