2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test


2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Yep, You Can See Out Of It

October 25, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

I've put about 1,000 miles on our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye in October. One thing I've really come to appreciate about it is the excellent visibility from the driver seat.

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

As you sit in the cockpit, the dash and doortops feel relatively low around you, certainly by modern automotive design standards. And for me, there's a good view in all directions. I could get by without our car's back-up camera if I had to, and the small side mirrors (clearly some Fiat designer's small victory of form over function) rarely bother me anymore.

Visibility is a big deal to me (as I'm sure it is to any driver who really thinks about it), and good visibility makes up for some of the Dart's other foibles.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor

Comments

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I really like you Erin. A couple of Edmunds Live videos ago you pretty much declared the Dart as your least favorite car, yet you've still been driving it and posting about it, even finding positive things to say about it even though I'm sure you'd much rather be in something like the Porsche or Mazda. That's pretty refreshing, so thanks!

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    Given the amount of money Edmunds rakes in from Fiasler advertising, I'm sure there's a certain amount of 'editorial pressure' to find nice things to say about this POS. Rather than chattering about sightlines and the location of wire holes in the console, how about an update on that potentially deadly acceleration problem reported a few weeks back?

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    @ nukedetroit: I drove the Dart for about 1,000 miles after the "limp home" mode incident Scott encountered. The problem has not recurred. If it does, we'll report on it. But since it did not recur on my watch, I couldn't very well complain abou

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Keep fighting the good fight for visibility Erin. I also want to call out the Ford CMax and Honda Civic as cars I've ridden in/driven recently that have rather good visibility by current standards.

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    The Focus also has very good visibility. When you have a long commute, visibility is a god send. There are some seriously oblivious drivers out there.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    I think what hybris is trying to say is that there are two ways you can express an opinion, and it's pretty clear what kind of way you've chosen. I think you would make a wonderful politician, but on an automotive website generally known for insightful and knowledgeable commenters, I'm not sure whether to be annoyed or to laugh at your comments. They're just so ridiculous and over the top at times I don't know how to react =D

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