2014 Jeep Cherokee: I Like Back-Up Cameras
August 12, 2014
Diagonal parking spots are much easier to pull in and out of than other types. That's the hypothesis, anyway, but it all breaks down when a windowless extendo-van parks in the adjacent upstream spot. That's exactly what happened to me the other day when I was driving our 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
As you can see, my view was totally blocked. My most emphatic head-check was no match for the looming Ford Econoline.
The passenger side rear-view mirror wasn't much help, either.
Enter the rear-view camera. This vehicle doesn't have a cross-traffic alert system, but the presence of the camera meant I didn't have to inch out very far before the massive 8.4-inch U-Connect screen displayed a clear wide-angle view.
I can't wait until it's legal to replace (not supplement) the door mirrors with cameras. No one talks much about the blind spots they create, but I'm seeing a growing number of cars with massive forward view obstructions created by mirror housings and the ever-thicker windshield pillars on which they're mounted. Ironically, this old-school method of improving rear visibility is beginning to fully obstruct the view of folks stepping off the curb in crosswalks.
Mirror housings are no friend to efforts to improve aerodynamics, fuel economy and wind noise, either. I'll take more cameras, please.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,834 miles