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2016 Dodge Dart Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Dodge Dart was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Reviewers praise the 2016 Dodge Dart’s cabin for its attractive styling and high-quality materials, which include some soft-touch surfaces. While they think the Dart has a good amount of cabin space, a few note that the front seats aren't particularly comfortable. Most reviewers are thrilled with the optional Uconnect infotainment system, which they say features straightforward menus and large touch-screen buttons that make it incredibly easy to use. Trunk space is typical for the class.

  • "Spacious and well designed, there are plenty of soft-touch surfaces, and the controls are nicely laid out. The standard interior on SE and SXT models is nice enough, but we particularly like the visual pizazz of the floating-island dash, standard on Aero, Limited and GT models." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's also a real sense of occasion in its tidy sheet metal and sculpted, high-quality interior." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "The Dodge Dart makes a nice first impression, with padded surfaces, dash stitching and available flares of colorful trim. Build quality isn't exactly up to that of the segment leaders, though." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • The interior materials are mostly excellent. Soft-touch padded plastics with attractive finishes cover the dash, arm rests and the top of the doors in most models. The doors' lower surfaces, around the map pockets, have a hard surface and unattractive look." -- Detroit Free Press (2013)

Seating

The 2016 Dodge Dart has seats for five. Leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are optional. Most reviewers say the Dart's cabin offers a good amount of space in the front seats and impressive back-seat legroom. Still, some point out that the front passenger seat has inadequate padding due to its under-seat storage compartment. A few also say taller occupants may wish for more front-seat legroom.

  • Although its rear seat is not as roomy as in some larger compacts (think Honda Civic), the Dart is still a competent compact." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's good space for occupants up front, but the Dart's front seats are oddly shaped and feel as if they're mounted too high. As a result, longer-legged drivers may find they can't lower the seat-bottom cushion enough for optimum comfort." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "If there is a spot where the new Dart separates itself from its compact-car competition, it is the interior. It feels more like that of a midsize car than a compact, with ample front-seat space and rear-seat legroom." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "My complaints about the Dart include the front seats, which look better than they feel. The front passenger sits atop a hidden storage compartment, a clever idea that unfortunately results in a thin and uncomfortable seat cushion." -- The New York Times (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Dart include a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Options include air conditioning, power door locks, cruise control, Bluetooth, a USB port, Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, an Alpine stereo, satellite radio, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and a rearview camera.

Test drivers praise the Dart's available Uconnect infotainment system, noting that it's one of the most user-friendly systems on the market. They appreciate its straightforward on-screen menus, big touch-screen buttons and redundant physical knobs, which make it easy to connect a smartphone or iPod.

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  • "We're particularly glad that the 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen system we've enjoyed in other Dodge vehicles lives here intact." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Compared to the complicated MyFord Touch system in the rival Ford Focus, the Dart's Uconnect touchscreen is an ergonomic knockout, providing almost iPad-like clarity and ease of use." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "We highly recommend springing for the available 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment interface, which you can get with or without a navigation system. It features straightforward menus, large on-screen buttons and an accompanying knob that makes whipping through iPod menus a breeze." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "In terms of usability, this infotainment system sets the standard for the market, let alone the segment." -- Left Lane News (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 Dodge Dart has 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on par with that of most rivals. Still, competitors like the Chevrolet Cruze and Volkswagen Jetta have larger trunks. Some critics point out that the trunk's weak hinges make it easy to close unintentionally. They like the 2016 Dart's numerous interior storage compartments, including a larger center console and a hidden storage space under the passenger seat.

  • "Trunk capacity is 13.1 cubic feet, an average number in this class. Although the trunk holds a decent amount of gear, the hinges on its lid are unusually weak, making it all too easy to close the trunk accidentally when loading bulky or heavy items." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The large center console bin and glove box can swallow all your knickknacks. …" -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "We did really like the cool underseat storage bin in the base of the front passenger seat. Some have said it's the perfect place to stash contraband, but we think an iPad or smartphone is more appropriate." -- Left Lane News (2013)
  • "The trunk is wide at the back, but absolute volume is only class-competitive, and sickle-shaped lid hinges dip into the load area." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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