New age technology has made our cars feel safer than ever before. Cameras and sensors give us the chance to be more aware of the potential hazards around us and, with certain safety features, even helps our car react to potential collisions before we could possibly react. When it comes down to the basics, however, the most important safety features of your vehicle are simple, tried, and true, like your seatbelt, rearview mirrors, and visibility out of the vehicle. When test driving a new vehicle, it’s easy to get distracted by all of the bells and whistles, and luckily for us, Consumer Reports has already compiled a list of which cars have the best visibility — so we can focus on the good stuff.
Luxury cars with the best visibility
There were two luxury cars that made the Consumer Reports list of cars with the best visibility: the Infiniti Q50 and the Lexus ES. These sedans do well to outshine the competition in the way of visibility, compared to the notably bad Kia Stinger, Mercedes-Benz CLA, and the Porsche Taycan. Luxury cars seem to always feature the latest and greatest safety tech, and while some manufacturers may have ignored practicality for style, you get a great mix of both with the Infiniti Q50 and Lexus ES.
The underrated 2021 Subaru Impreza has surprisingly great visibility, and more Subaru
The 2021 Subaru Impreza is the underdog year after year, but owners know just how capable this unsuspecting car actually is. Better yet, it is packed with new tech and safety features, a few higher-end quality touches, and it has some of the best visibility among sedans. The large front and rear windshield, as well as the large windows, make the Impreza feel spacious, and you’ll feel confident in your ability to navigate traffic safely as you can see a great majority of what is going on around the vehicle on every side. This is a quality Subaru seems to have stuck to, as many other Subaru cars have made a list for offering excellent visibility. This includes the Legacy, WRX, and several SUVs from the brand.
A few poorly rated Kia cars that aren’t too popular
The 2021 Kia Soul and 2021 Kia Rio both make the list for having great visibility, but that probably isn’t enough to sway buyers. Even on the Consumer Reports website, the Soul has a relatively low rating of 48, with the Rio not far behind with a score of 55. If visibility is your only concern, and you aren’t worried about having a smooth driving experience, the potentially unreliable and unpopular Kia Soul could be the car you’re looking for. It’s worth noting that the Kia Soul isn’t technically a sedan, either, it’s classified as a subcompact SUV.
While new technology can help us drive safer and be more aware of our surroundings, there’s nothing quite the same as being able to see as much around you as possible. Having a car with good visibility is one of the best ways to stay alert and aware of the people, animals, and hazards around you.