2013 Dodge Dart: I Love You, Nav
April 17, 2013
The other day I had to drive one of our editors down to Gardena, about 20 miles south of our Santa Monica headquarters. Problem was that this was during morning rush-hour. As I groaned at the sight of the black-and-red snake of death that loomed on Google Maps, I plugged in Edmunds' address into our 2013 Dodge Dart's navigation just to see how it works in this car. Having consulted Google Maps on my iPhone beforehand I kind of had an idea of what was the least congested way to go and was prepared to ignore the nav and have her reroute and adapt to my change of direction.
Amazingly as I started the trek back, the nav kept adjusting her directions, saying there was traffic up ahead so go here instead. She picked where I had originally decided to go. And then when earlier I made up my mind to take the 405, she offered up another less trafficky route giving me enough of a heads-up to make the change. She took me on surface streets and back on the freeway. It was like how I do for my boyfriend when he's driving and I'm the navigator consulting Google Maps. "That road is red so turn up here instead." She's definitely the best navigation system I've encountered thus far.
I remember our Mitsubishi Outlander had that feature, too, where it rerouted me to avoid traffic. But the one time I followed its directions it ended up being more trouble than it was worth so I never trusted it again. Not so with the Dodge Dart. I trust her nav skills implicitly.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor