Tall Man's Blind Spot - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mini Cooper: Tall Man's Blind Spot

July 6, 2015

2014 Mini Cooper

After 1,054 miles, we finally make it to Portland, Oregon. This was my first time in the city and I loved it: the food, the people, the scenery. Then I noticed something while at a stoplight, a blind spot in our 2014 Mini Cooper I've never experienced before.

I'm 6'2 and had the seat as far aft as it would travel and reclined enough to be comfortable for long hours on the road. The ride was comfortable. I normally start getting back pain an hour into driving my 2012 Mazda3. It wasn't until I noticed a neck ache at a stoplight that I realized there was a problem in the Cooper.

The photo above is my field of view from my comfortable seated potion. Notice anything missing? Like the stoplights?

But when I dip my head...

2014 Mini Cooper

Voilą. The terrific traffic tamers appear. This became a game of peek-a-boo: Peek-a-red, peek-a-red, peek-a-green! Since I couldn't adjust the seat anymore, I just learned to slump while driving on surface streets.

Joe Martinez, Videographer/Editor @ 14676 miles


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