I do not like the new Speedometer Displays and I think it is a Safety Issue!
I cannot say for sure that all Auto Makers have decided to change-up the display of the car’s Speedometer Display, but it appears that so many have followed suit.
They seem to think that we drive in increments of 20 MPH, rather than 10 MPH… I do not like this, it takes more than a quick glance to tell just how fast you are traveling. When your needle is reading more than 40 mph and with a quick glance (in order to keep your eyes on the road…), are you going 45, 50, or even 55 MPH?
I’ve included photos of the dash boards of four of our vehicles, my wife’s '85 Corolla, my '01 Ram Truck, my '19 Corolla hatchback, and my wife’s '20 Honda Fit.
As you can see, the top two photos are for the older vehicles and their speedometers are in 10 MPH increments, making it easy to access your speed at a quick glance.
The bottom two photos are for the newer vehicles and both of their speedometers are in 20 MPH increments, and not easy to discern the actual speed with a quick glance.
When we bought the 2019 and the 2020, both makers, Toyota and Honda, sent us surveys to critique the cars and I told both I did not like the layout.
Because I believe in the power of the pen, I subsequently wrote them again and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, voicing my concern that this new layout was a safety issue since the driver cannot easily discern their speed.
So, with this posting, I hope to set a “grass root” effort on fire also voicing this concern.
Happy Motoring and Drive Safe…