"The Dodge is the most modest car currently in our fleet, but I don't feel like I've drawn the short straw whenever I drive it."
We've whined about its clunky transmission, we've raved about its simple touchscreen, and we've taken it on road trips across the country, but after eleven months we're still finding more small things to love about our 2013 Dodge Dart SXT.
Take associate web editor Evan McCausland, who discovered a little-known satellite radio function that allows drivers to set alerts for specific sports broadcasts. "You receive a notification on the touchscreen whenever your favorite team competes, which made finding the Michigan State-University of Michigan football game extremely easy," he reported.
Copy editor Rusty Blackwell, father of two, was happy to find he could safely strap his girls' car seats into the 2013 Dodge Dart without major problems. "The rear doors open wide and the back seat is pretty spacious for loading little kids and their big, bulky seats," he said. "Regrettably, the kids can reach to kick the back of the front seats."
Blackwell also praised the "excellent" optional Mopar cargo net we installed in the trunk of the 2013 Dodge Dart several months ago: "It kept an empty beer growler from sliding around and also kept a gas can separate from my kids' ice-skating gear."
As for associate editor David Zenlea, who hadn't driven our Dodge Dart in some time, he found the turbocharged engine's funky sound intoxicating. "I love the Dart's snarling exhaust," he said. "There are some sports cars that don't sound this good at idle."
Yet perhaps it was associate web editor Joey Capparella who best summed up our thoughts on the Four Seasons Dodge. "The Dart is the most modest car currently in our fleet, but I don't feel like I've drawn the short straw whenever I drive it," he said. "I can't help but like the Dart's rorty exhaust note, surprisingly sporty chassis, and well-proportioned styling."
With that in mind, we plan to enjoy our remaining four weeks with the 2013 Dodge Dart SXT as much as possible before Chrysler snatches it away just before Christmas.