2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test


2011 Infiniti M56: That Mirror Thing

April 20, 2011

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The idea that side mirrors should readjust themselves (see above) every time a car is in reverse has always been lost on me. In the M56 -- and many German cars -- the mirrors tilt downward to show, well, I don't know what.

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The photo immediately above shows the driver's mirror in its default positon while the first image shows it with the car in reverse.

I suppose this is an effort to make visible the curb or any obstacle below the car's waistline which might otherwise not be as obvious. Still, I find it annoying. Always have. What if I want to look for obstacles elsewhere? Why should the curb have veto power over, say, a child playing further back?

Near as I can tell, there's no way to disable this feature. Bummer.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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