Consumer Reports not impressed by the 2013 Dodge Dart, Lincoln MKS, Cadillac XTS

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 22, 2012

Testers for Consumer Reports magazine were not impressed by several models that they recently examined. The 2013 Dodge Dart was described as "underpowered” while they claimed to be “underwhelmed” by General Motors Co's 2013 Cadillac XTS and Ford Motor Co's 2013 Lincoln MKS. The testers recommended Toyota Motor Corp's redesigned Lexus ES sedan but they clarified that the 2013 model doesn’t have the same ride and interior refinement as the previous ES.

The 2013 Dart sedan is the first jointly developed model from Fiat SpA and Chrysler. The 2013 Dart sedan considers the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus as its rivals.

Consumer Reports praised the "solid feel, handling and ride" of the Dart but it said that the compact sedan can’t be comparable yet to the best models in the class. Consumer Reports gave the Cadillac model a higher ranking than the Lincoln but still, none of them earned its recommendation.

The reviews, which will be read in the January issue, described Cadillac's new CUE infotainment system as "convoluted and frustrating." It also criticized the Lincoln model's "cramped driving position, ungainly handling, uncomposed ride, and limited visibility."

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