The Chevy Camaro has been rated as one of the worst vehicles for outward visibility by the experts at Consumer Reports.
CR published an updated list of the Best and Worst Cars and SUVs for Visibility this week, which uses the opinions of its jurors to determine which vehicles have the best and worst outward visibility by segment. The Chevy Camaro had the worst visibility in the Sporty Car segment, which also includes rival offerings like the Ford Mustang, Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86, Mazda MX-5, Subaru WRX, Hyundai Veloster, Volkswagen GTI and MINI 3-door/5-door. CR’s experts say that of these vehicles, the Subaru WRX has the best outward visibility – a perk enabled by its sedan body style and upright shape. The Camaro, by comparison, is a svelte coupe with a wide, low stance and raked windshield, making it difficult to see out of.
CR urges consumers to “look beyond acceleration and the feature-laden infotainment system to consider the all-around visibility,” of a vehicle when shopping. To do this, they suggest shoppers be “attentive to how easy it is to look over your shoulder when changing lanes or backing out of a parking space,” while out on a test drive.
“Decreased visibility means drivers are having a harder time seeing not only other cars but also pedestrians, a particular concern in cities, parking lots, and near schools,” the publication also said.
Owners who value outward visibility should shop for a sedan, CR says, as these vehicles typically have better visibility than a hatchback, crossover, truck or SUV. A notable exception is the Subaru Forester, which has “vastly” superior outward visibility to many vehicles in its segment and is thus a great vehicle for inexperienced teen drivers or senior citizens. No General Motors vehicles topped their segment for outward visibility.
See the full results of this CR study here.