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https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/best-and-worst-cars-and-suvs-for-visibility/
CR tests reveal clear differences within many categories

Ranking Visibility

We have broken out the visibility scores, part of our driving position rating, from our Road Test Scores to rank models by categories for the first time.

Our findings show that, in general, sedans have better visibility than SUVs, with some exceptions.

A few categories have a clear trend, with a dramatic outlier. For example, among small SUVs, the Subaru Forester is vastly superior to its rivals, a trait that makes it especially appealing for teen and senior drivers.

We've omitted several categories, such as minivans and large SUVs, because there isn’t a large difference in visibility from the best to worst model.

When you're test-driving a car, look beyond just acceleration and the feature-laden infotainment system to consider the all-around visibility. Be attentive to how easy it is to look over your shoulder when changing lanes or when backing out of a parking space.

Below are the best and worst cars, SUVs, and trucks for visibility.

Subcompact Cars
Best: Honda Fit, Worst: Chevrolet Spark

Compact Hatchbacks
Best: Fiat 500L/Volkswagen Golf, Worst: Toyota C-HR

Luxury Compact Cars
Best: Infiniti Q50, Worst: Kia Stinger/Mercedes-Benz CLA

Midsized Sedans
Best: Subaru Legacy, Worst: Honda Clarity

Sports/Sporty Cars
Best: Subaru WRX, Worst: Chevrolet Camaro

Compact SUVs
Best: Subaru Forester, Worst: GMC Terrain

Luxury Compact SUVs
Best: Audi Q5, Worst: Jaguar I-Pace

Midsized SUVs (2-row)
Best: Honda Passport, Worst: Nissan Murano

Midsized SUVs (3-row)
Best: Honda Pilot, Worst: Nissan Pathfinder

Luxury Midsized SUVs
Best: Land Rover Range Rover, Worst: Tesla Model X
 

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One of the reasons why with my Highlander, whenever I have the opportunity, I park it tail end into a parking spot. It's easier and safer to back into a parking stall, especially when other vans and SUVs are parked next to you, than to try pulling out pretty much blind as a-holes come racing up and down strip mall parking lots with no regard to people pulling out.
 

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One of the reasons why with my Highlander, whenever I have the opportunity, I park it tail end into a parking spot. It's easier and safer to back into a parking stall, especially when other vans and SUVs are parked next to you, than to try pulling out pretty much blind as a-holes come racing up and down strip mall parking lots with no regard to people pulling out.
It's this exact reason why more and more workplace carparks are mandating reverse-park-only. People arrive at a relatively constant pace in the mornings but there's a flood of people leaving at once at knock-off time, so visibility is paramount (as well as eye contact with other people leaving)
 
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