2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test


2011 BMW 528i vs. 2011 Infiniti M56: The Mirrors

March 24, 2011

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I have a pet peeve. I can't stand it when I shift a car into reverse and the side mirrors tilt down so far that they become useless. In this example, our 2011 BMW 528i plays the role of most vehicles. Our 2011 Infiniti M56 shows how it should be done.

First, take a look at the BMW on the top/left. This is the mirror in park. The picture on the top/right is the mirror in reverse. See how far the line perpendicular to the car shifts? It moves from the very bottom of our view to the very top of our view. There is no in-between. That doesn't do me much good when I'm backing into a parking space.

Now the Infiniti takes a more conservative approach, which is actually useful. This time the bottom/left picture is the mirror in park. The bottom/right is in reverse. Again, watch the perpendicular line. See that the mirror only pivots half as far as the BMW? That is what I'm talking about. Unlike most other cars and trucks, this is helpful when backing into a parking space. Thank you, M56.

Am I alone on this?

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager

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