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2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart: These Sun Visors Have the Side Windows Covered

June 25, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

If you're tall like me you know that side window visor coverage is no small matter. Visors that fall short leave a huge gap for those that scoot the seat all the way back, and a lot of cars and trucks fall into this category.

Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 is one of them, but the 2013 Dodge Dart has it covered.

It's probably a combination of factors. The Dart is of course a sedan, and its compact size places the center door post farther forward than it might be in a longer, larger car; the front doors aren't terribly long. And the Dart has a sleekly sloped windshield, which shifts the top of the windshield rearward, bringing the visor pivot along with it. The combined result is a smaller gap for the visors to bridge. Beyond that the Dart is the widest compact out there, and its correspondingly wide interior allows longer visors to fit in the usual stored position, which gives us more to work with when folded to the side.

Whatever the case, there's no gap at all. Some of your other carmakers should be taking notes.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,925 miles


Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    This is the sort of thing I'd like the LT blog to cover more regularly. I don't know if many people check details like this on a test drive, but you sure notice it when living with a car long term.

  • 85se 85se Posts:

    Do people actually swing their sunvisors over to the side like that? I've never had a car where I could swing it over while underway and I find it far better to have it in front instead of the side because I'd end up just wanting it back in front of me as soon as I managed to get it to the side. Assuming my head wasn't in the way. Of course, our roads twist and turn so much that my experience is probably atypical.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    Dodge Dart: awful powertrain and the build quality sucks, but at least the sunvisors work well!

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    @85se: Long straight freeways here. Head north in the afternoon and the sun will come in through the side window 'til sunset. It's even worse at northern latitudes in winter, where the sun never gets out of visor range all day. That made a big impression

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    Good sun visor design seems to be the first thing the bean counters cost delete out. Remember when some cars used to have dual visors so that you could swing one to cover the side window and the other to cover the front window?

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    @wdrauch. Yep. At one point Chevy's cheapest S-10 pickup had that setup.

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