CARS.COM — A lot has changed since I last stacked up blind spot visibility among compact SUVs. For starters, those SUVs have become wildly popular: The Ford Escape outsells everything but the F-Series, while the best-sellers at Honda and Nissan are the CR-V and Rogue, respectively. On our last go-around, this was not the case.
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Time for a rematch. I documented blind spots in compact SUVs at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, covering 11 popular vehicles. Granted, blind spot problems are only one part of the visibility equation, and correct mirror positioning can help mitigate a bad situation. But there are a lot of factors that impact a vehicle’s over-the- shoulder view — windows, pillars, head restraints and seat belts. The best and worst results are telling. Despite the proliferation of electronic aids to show a driver what’s nearby, there’s nothing quite like clear sightlines to begin with — and few things get my goat quite like bad ones.