2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Respectable Moving Companion
October 29, 2013
For several reasons, our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye was my support vehicle during my recent house move. Actually, it was part of a fleet of vehicles that included a 17-foot U-Haul truck, MkVI Volkswagen GTI and a two-decades-old Toyota pickup.
Obviously, a small sedan would never be anyone's first choice for moving, but over the course of a very long weekend, the Dart provided reasonable utility.
Trunk capacity in this car is 13.1 cubic feet, which is average for a compact sedan. What this number doesn't tell you about, though, is the height of the Dart's trunk. The opening is pretty large and vertical clearance remains consistent in the trunk, and it's maintained by the pass-through created by flopping down the 60/40-split rear seats.
Accordingly, I was able to load this Amazon box, which is just under 17 inches tall and about three-and-a-half feet long. The rear seats don't fold perfectly flat, but once you have enough boxes piled on top of them, the slope really isn't an issue.
The gooseneck-style trunk hinges proved to be the only real annoyance. They don't intrude that much into the actual cargo space, but as Dan Edmunds discovered when loading dog food, they don't hold the trunk lid up with much authority. Merely brushing the lid while trying to finagle boxes into place would cause it to slam shut.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor