If you’re having a hard time seeing out of your car, you’re not alone. Cars designed
with high trunks and hoods and low, sloping rooflines give a sleek appearance on the
outside but can cause visibility problems from the inside.
Consumer Reports tests cars for blind spots and says the new designs are making
things much worse. It’s a problem not only in traffic but also in driveways and parking
Wide rear pillars and smaller back windows make it especially hard to see out the
back, even when you turn your head around. More than 200 people die every year in
accidents by drivers who did not see them, and many of those are children.
Consumer Reports tests rear visibility and finds that some cars are seriously lacking it,
especially for drivers who are short.
The Hyundai Sonata sedan has a blind zone of 21 feet.
The Toyota Sienna minivan’s blind zone is 22 feet.
The Dodge Durango SUV’s blind zone is 37 feet.
The Chevy Avalanche pickup truck’s is a frightening 50 feet!