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CR tests reveal clear differences within many categories
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.
Best: Honda Fit, Worst: Chevrolet Spark
Best: Fiat 500L/Volkswagen Golf, Worst: Toyota C-HR
Luxury Compact Cars
Best: Infiniti Q50, Worst: Kia Stinger/Mercedes-Benz CLA
Best: Subaru Legacy, Worst: Honda Clarity
Best: Subaru WRX, Worst: Chevrolet Camaro
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