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Poor Rear Visibility - 2016 Chevrolet Volt

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 10,315
edited August 2016 in Chevrolet
imagePoor Rear Visibility - 2016 Chevrolet Volt

For the most part, Edmunds' long-term 2016 Chevrolet Volt has good visibility, but when you look in the rearview mirror, that changes.

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    lmbvettelmbvette Member Posts: 93
    Doesn't this design issue affect every car today due to the trend to go wedge shaped?

    Please post pictures from other cars to prove that this is worse. Better yet, show me a view from an SUV where you can't even see a car directly behind you at a stop light.
    Don't worry about what other people think. Drive what makes you happy.
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    texasestexases Member Posts: 10,732
    Yeah, seems like a (too) common problem. That new Civic 5-door hatchback would seem to be MUCH worse.
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    bolotiboloti Member Posts: 47
    I think it's good not to see the headlights :). Why would you want anybody blinding you through the mirror ?
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    schen72schen72 Member Posts: 433
    I think nearly all new cars that are wedge shaped have this problem. My '16 Acura ILX is extremely wedge shaped and the view out the rear window is very small. Rearview cameras really are necessary on cars now as you can't see anything when backing up!
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    justoneopinionjustoneopinion Member Posts: 21
    With my 2017 Volt, I cured the lane-change visibility problem by affixing a 2" wide-angle mirror to the upper corner of each side mirror (a great idea for any car, really). The rear vision camera on the 8" infotainment screen is ideal for backing up. Probably the bigger issue than rear visibility is the lack of rear seat headroom for anyone taller than me (5'11"). I guess that's the price to pay for a low drag coefficient, although the Toyota Prius and Tesla Model S have achieved decent rear headroom with even more slippery bodies.
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