One of the challenges for drivers switching from a traditional sedan to an SUV is how their new vehicle affects visibility. This is one of the main reasons for accidents on the roads, particularly when it comes to side swipes and accidents where oncoming traffic lurks in a driver’s blind spots.
Each year Consumer Reports reviews cars on a number of different factors. In regard to SUVs, CR has found that in addition to differences in height, how they are designed, style and appearance can also contribute to a driver’s interrupted visibility.
Here are the best and worst SUVs for visibility on a number of criteria as tested by CR:
From Consumer Reports 6/9/2019
- Subcompact Cars
Best: Honda Fit, Worst: Chevrolet Spark
- Compact Hatchbacks
Best: Fiat 500L/Volkswagen Golf, Worst: Toyota C-HR
- Luxury Compact Cars
Best: Infiniti Q50, Worst: Kia Stinger/Mercedes-Benz CLA
- Midsized Sedans
Best: Subaru Legacy, Worst: Honda Clarity
- Sports/Sporty Cars
Best: Subaru WRX, Worst: Chevrolet Camaro
- Compact SUVs
Best: Subaru Forester, Worst: GMC Terrain
- Luxury Compact SUVs
Best: Audi Q5, Worst: Jaguar I-Pace
- Midsized SUVs (2-row)
Best: Honda Passport, Worst: Nissan Murano
- Midsized SUVs (3-row)
Best: Honda Pilot, Worst: Nissan Pathfinder
- Luxury Midsized SUVs
Best: Land Rover Range Rover, Worst: Tesla Model X
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