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Day by Day Review: 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye car test drives dodge daily car reviews
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When I first got into the Dart I was a little skeptical on the interior for a few reasons. Reason number one was the history that Chrysler/Dodge has with horrible interiors, although I do realize they have improved them over the last few years. I touched and poked and prodded all of the interior bits and everything feels solid, well put together and well made.

The second big thing for me was the lack of buttons and the huge screen dead centre of the dash. Another touchscreen to deflect your attention from driving and distract you was my first thought, but after a few days with it — boy was I ever wrong.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye car test drives dodge daily car reviews
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Yes, the HVAC controls are mostly controlled by the touchscreen system but the most used controls like the fan speed, temperature, and defrost do have redundant hard buttons mounted below the screen. The same for the radio with a nice large volume knob and tuning knob present for quick, easy, distraction-free control.

With your hand on the shifter, the fan speed and volume knobs are within a finger stretch, which is perfect. If one needs to resort to the touchscreen interface, it employs large, easy-to-read buttons that can be used even when wearing bulky mittens.

The system doesn’t try to be too fancy, and as a result it is extremely responsive, easy to use, and one of the best, if not the best, touchscreen interface I’ve ever used. The Navigation setup is cool, too, allowing you to change the displayed vehicle icon from an arrow to any Chrysler product… I became a Dodge Viper today.




About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.