2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test


2013 Dodge Dart: Touchscreen Visibility

November 19, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

Our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart has a great navigation system. However, our staff has delivered mixed reviews on the optional Alpine audio system (I think it sounds pretty good, though) and the complicated controls for the air-conditioning.

The design of the controls is irrelevant when you can't see them at all, though.

With a setting sun behind you, the Dart's touchscreen display becomes nearly impossible to see. The shiny trim around the center console is pretty blinding, too. Depending on the direction of your commute, this could be pretty annoying each day, especially if you forget your sunglasses at home.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor

Comments

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    The AC controls are only complicated if you're Riswick, as the comments in that post made clear.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    Compare this... mess... with the Forte's fine touchscreen and climate control layout, and you'll see why Fiasler can't give these turds away.

  • Yeah, this is the same Uconnect screen & user interface that has been praised to the moon by pretty much everyone. Take your anti-American trolling back to Russia, commie!

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    I can't recall a single LT car that has had a screen that didn't washout to oblivion in the setting or rising sun. So par for the course I guess?

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    Try again, misterfusion. I was referring not only to the overrated Uconnect system, but also to the poor Fiasler design, haphazard Fiasler panel fitment and cheap Fiasler plastics surrounding it. EVERYONE does a better job at this, even the Koreans.

  • tlangness tlangness Posts:

    @hybris - The Mercedes COMAND system in our SLS AMG was absolutely the best at it: http://www.edmunds.com/mercedes-benz/sls-amg/2012/long-term-road-test/2012-mercedes-benz-sls-amg-roadster-let-the-sun-shine-in.html

  • preed4962 preed4962 Posts:

    I can't believe they are still referring to old articles with inaccurate information?! YOU CAN DETERMINE THE FAN SPEED ALL THE TIME!!

  • joner800 joner800 Posts:

    i have a 2013 300 and theres no arguing that this touchscreen would benefit from some type of shroud, or at least an on-demand angle adjustment. my 2011 mazda had an adjustment feature that i thought was for taller drivers until i had the sunroof open and the sun beaming in my eyes, reflecting on the screen. the real crime here is that shiny plastic surrounding the screen. what were they thinking??

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