• andy Cox Posted: 12/11/2010 10:09am PST

    I'm frightened getting in my Dodge Caliber everyday. the rearward and side visibility is horrible. With more cars on the road, it would seem that visibility would be of paramount concern.

  • lindtech Posted: 12/11/2010 10:54am PST

    I don't agree at all. I have a Jetta and a Dodge 3500 long wheel base truck and I find the visibility from the truck is far superior. Maybe Consumer Reports don't know how to use outside mirrors? The worst visibility is out of the high-belt line cars such as the Camaro. With the truck you are sitting above the majority of the traffic and can see the traffic situation much better. As usual, Consumer Reports are off on a tangent.

  • rickmyers Posted: 12/11/2010 4:55pm PST

    I don't believe anything Consumer"COMMIE"Reports says or does with their testing regardless of product. They are bias and more than likely paid off especially by their "CASH COW", Toyota.

  • boxdin Posted: 12/13/2010 9:39am PST

    I agree with above guy, that is what mirrors are for, and with the proper wide angle spots, the mirrors are far superior to turning ones head, which is never the proper thing to do in traffic. What idiots !!!

  • JEM Posted: 12/14/2010 10:03am PST

    As far as I'm concerned they're looking at the wrong things, and this being CR I'm sure they're doing it just to push Sec LaHood's backup-camera effort. But the real crime has been the loss of FORWARD visibility.
    Sit in the car, then have someone walk around from the left front door to the right front door and mark (a) how far in front of the vehicle the driver can see the ground, particularly at the front corners and (B) any area masked by pillars, mirrors, etc.
    The current trends toward high beltlines, Japanese product (e.g. Prius) pushing the A-pillars out to the front bumper (often with those crappy useless little A-pillar portholes) and Euro product with tall hoods for EU pedestrian-collision protection has ruined forward visibility.
    Even a smallish car like a Nissan Leaf feels ten feet wide when you haven't the slightest clue where the right front fender is.