• Sign in
  • |
  • Sign up

Long-Term Review

2013 Dodge Dart: Voice Control

RELATED READING
  • Car Review
    The 2014 Dodge Dart complements its Euro-inspired chassis with wider availability of the torquey and flexible 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.
  • Car Review
    New for 2013, the Dart is Dodge's American-made compact sedan with European DNA, sporty dynamics and a lineup of thrifty 4-cylinder engines.
  • New Car Review
    The 2015 Dodge Dart offers a stylish, fuel-efficient take on the notoriously dull world of the compact sedan.
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Research Honda Models Research Nissan Models Research Toyota Models Research Ford Models Research Lexus Models Research Acura Models Research Hyundai Models Research Chevrolet Models
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon

author photo by Doug DeMuro

We recently tested the voice control system in our 2013 Dodge Dart test car. In years past -- and even today, in many cars -- voice control systems have been difficult to use, at best. They can misunderstand words, fail to address commands and inaccurately respond to instructions. In fact, such systems aren't even worth using in many modern cars.

So we wanted to see if the system in our 2013 Dodge Dart has made any improvements over systems in rival models. And the short answer is: It certainly has.

Like the UConnect system we've all come to enjoy, the Dart's voice control is extremely easy to use. In fact, it's as simple as pushing a button on the steering wheel. That alerts the car that you're about to use voice commands, which control several main areas of the UConnect system.

We found voice control best for adjusting the stereo and the navigation system. Yes, it's true that voice controls can bring you to the climate control settings, but you can't adjust the climate using your voice. That isn't the case with the stereo, where you can use voice controls for a variety of functions, including raising the volume and changing the track or radio channel.

We've also been impressed with the system's ability to recognize what we're saying. No machine will ever be perfect, but, then again, neither are human ears. In our testing, we found that the system correctly hears what we're saying around 80 percent of the time. That's a big improvement over many rivals, which often find themselves closer to 50 percent or less.

Find a Dodge Dart for sale

RELATED INVENTORY
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Close 
Autotrader