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2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Rear Visibility

May 21, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

As a visibility hog, I am made crazy by this decade's trend of less and less visibility in cars. Sure, I appreciate a good rear-view camera when an SUV's heiny is huge, but when your average family sedan or hatchback often requires one, it makes me frown. So I was pleasantly surprised when I looked up to the rearview mirror in our 2013 Dodge Dart and noticed I could see the entire back window in the reflection. The whole thing. And that's not a tiny slit of a rear window, like in the Camaro we had a while back.

One of the reasons we can see the whole rear window is because the Dart's rearview mirror is nice and big, and fairly blocky. But thankfully, this doesn't affect forward visibility through the windshield. And the designers didn't prioritize aggressive styling over functionality. Bravo, Dodge.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor @ 9,803 miles


Comments

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Except for those stupid headrests. All rear seat heaedrests should fold out of sight when not needed. Fortunately they are removable, so mine have been removed to a closet where they don't obstruct anything.

  • innovand innovand Posts:

    Trend of less rear-ward visibility = safer cars. There is less visibility because the A, B and C pillars are much, much stronger than last decade's models, partly achieved by the larger pillars. Also, the pillars and roof-lines house airbags now, and the big side-curtain in particular takes up some room. They FINALLY have real headrests in the back seat, which obstruct the rear window considerably but protect rear occupants over 3-foot tall from head/neck injury that could get pretty nasty in any collision, especially rear-impact. With the major gains in safety, its an acceptable trade-off for me. You quickly get used to it. Since there's really no solution that doesn't involve backtracking on those gains, the solution is in technology. Backup cameras and blind-spot warning (which is really only required because a majority of drivers actually have their outward rear-view mirrors adjusted improperly to see "what is behind them" and not "what is in their blind spot.") Since the cars generally come with big dash displays anyway, adding the a cheap-o VGA camera, wiring and software is pennies on the dollar. The current state of all of it is an extremely affordable advancement of safety, and it is definitely annoying, but only until someone T-bones! :)

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