2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Bright and Crisp Looking Rearview Camera
May 13, 2014
Not all rearview cameras are created equal. Whether due to a small display screen, a low-resolution camera, poor low-light sensitivity or lawyer-friendly text warnings that cover up a good chunk of what you want to be looking at, some car's rearview cameras are pretty mediocre.
As an example of how it can be done right, however, is the rearview camera in our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.
I like everything about this camera and find it very useful for seeing what's behind me when I'm backing up in the Santa Fe. The 8-inch touchscreen display is bright and has crisp graphics. The camera is also of high resolution and has a wide field of view. This means it's easy to identify cars or objects that might be in my path. The "Warning! Check for surroundings for safety" text on the top of the display is unobtrusive.
As a caveat, though, my comments only apply to Santa Fe models with the optional navigation system and 8-inch screen. I haven't driven a Santa Fe with the smaller, base touchscreen 4.3-inch display.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 19,802 miles