Touchy Brakes - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Touchy Brakes

July 10, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

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


  • dm7279 dm7279 Posts:

    Issues like this are a deal breaker for me. I shouldn't have to focus intently to drive a car smoothly. The brake and accelerator need to respond linearly and should be intuitive. Steering should be solid on center and not require endless correction at highway speeds. I really wanted to like the VW Passat when I was looking for a midsize sedan last summer, but I couldn't get over the non-linear response of the electronic throttle.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @dm7279: I assume you test drove a model with the DSG? From what I hear the manual is much better in that department.

  • cotak cotak Posts:

    Why do people act like they are some sort fixed programming robots? Touchy brakes can be adjusted to. Just because you aren't used to it doesn't mean you wouldn't given a few weeks.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    all three are also sold in Europe where they like strong brakes. our bmw's touchy brakes were weird at first and i love them now. the dust no so much...

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