2011 Toyota Sienna SE: Rear-view Camera
December 22, 2010
Over the past week it's actually rained here in Southern California. A day in our 2011 Toyota Sienna reminded me of an important feature to keep in mind when you're shopping for a car with a rear-view camera: Location.
The camera on our Sienna is tucked beneath the rear grab handle lip. Its location doesn't isolate the lens quite enough to keep it from collecting beads of rain water, which limit its usefulness in these situations. In my experience, cameras positioned higher up on the back of the car tend to be less susceptible to this kind of water obstruction.
Is it a dealbreaker? Probably not. But in my book, it's a quirk worth knowing before signing your name to the dotted line.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 2,285 miles