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Cars with good rear visibility

edited November -1 in Repair and Maintenance
Could you recommend some cars that have good rear side visibility? As a boomer, my the range of motion in my neck is decreasing, and I have had a number of near misses while changing lanes.
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  • edited June 2008

    I hate to sound critical, but what use is excellent rear visibility if you cannot turn your head enough to use it?

    The solution is clear enough. If you cannot use your direct vision then you must rely more heavily on your mirrors. And if that is still not good enough, you must exercise extreme caution in changing lanes, double- and triple-checking.

    But let us help you find a car. Nearly all sedans offer excellent visibility to the rear and to the sides. The few exceptions, such as the Dodge Magnum, are well known. Get yourself a copy of Consumer Reports' New Car Guide. This publication reviews all models and it emphatically points out those that have restricted rear/side visibility. If CR doesn't complain you can be sure the car has suitable visibility.

  • edited June 2008
    Steve, the Dodge Magnum was a wagon (that a giant sat on, squashing the body down toward the rear).

    I find that my Dodge Dakota has excellent rear visibility. But that's because I don't have a cap on it.

    To the OP: Stick with sedans (unless you WANT a pick-up truck!), and start spending time in the driver's seats. That's the only way to see what fits your particular body best. You might also want to consider adding oversize or convex mirrors to your current vehicle.
  • edited June 2008
    Just in case you don't know, or have not seen this before, here is a link to a how-to on adjusting your mirrors:
    http://www.cartalk.com/content/features/mirrors/

    If you have not used this adjustment technique before it may seem odd, but believe me you can see cars in the traditional blind spots much better this way.
  • edited June 2008
    I agree with NYBo. You can't get much better visibility than a standard cab pickup with no cap.

    You also might look at the vehicles that have the rear-facing camera. I have no experience with them, but they might work for you.
  • edited June 2008

    You're going to have to sit in them and try them out. A lot of that depends on YOUR HEIGHT. My wife has a little difficult time seeing out my 4runner...I don't have a problem at all...But I'm 6'3..and my wife is 5'2.
  • edited June 2008

    As has been said, you definitely have to sit in a variety of vehicles in order to evaluate their rear/side visibility in relation to your height and your neck condition. However, I can save you a bit of time by advising that you not even consider any of the following, due to their abysmal rear/side vision:

    Chrysler 300
    Dodge Magnum
    Dodge Charger
    Chevy HHR
    Any Hummer

    Unless you want to feel like you are sitting in a sewer pipe with a few very small openings in it, you don't want to drive those cars.

  • edited June 2008
    any convertible.

    or MASS transit.

    super size rear view mirror.

    range rover

    H-1 perhaps
  • edited June 2008
    Depending on your degree of mobility limitation, rear view cameras are available as add on kits from many sources. Adding mirrors in your personal key locations is also an adaptibility trick that modifiers use. Put on your thinking cap and talk to a mobility mod shop too. If you can envision what you might want to adapt to your needs, it's usually buildable or even buyable.
  • edited June 2008
    If I were buying a car for rear and side visibility my first choice would be a Mini Cooper, sort of a goldfish bowl on wheels. Next I would look at a Honda Fit; good back and side vision. The Scion Xc and Honda Element also have good vision; both are square boxes on wheelsw.
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