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Stop Complaining about Rear Visibility

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Main Forum' started by 2k1Toaster, Jul 26, 2011.

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  1. 2k1Toaster

    2k1Toaster HID Guru

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    I hear all the time that it is difficult to see out of the Prius. I find it incredibly easy to see out of, especially with the entire hatch basically being a window with a small bar inbetween. Add to that a backup camera and you can tell exactly what the car is doing.

    Fast forwards to yesterday when the rental company released my reserved car to someone else and gave me a piece of crap: Impala. I miss my Prius so badly!

    Here's the rear visibility:

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    Can't see a thing. No backup camera either. Not to mention the automatic transmission is awful and jerky. I thought this car was supposed to be powerful, that the only "draw" I can see to it as it has 0% in every other category. I haven't put my foot down but driving it around town it appears to want to stay in the low RPM area as much as possible to save fuel but when you call for acceleration it wont shift smoothly up, it will pick a gear and stay with it too long then jerk down to a low gear just as you don't need it anymore and shift back up. What a nightmare. I am thinking of returning it and just going down to the Toyota dealership and renting a GenIII since I haven't driven one of those yet.

    Not sure why anyone would willingly buy one of these...
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  2. Prius 06

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    Have to agree with you.
    Try looking out the back of a 2nd gen Eclipse or Talon.
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    Hey it is a free country... people can complain if they want to. ;)
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    I've always thought that the visibility out the rear of my Prius is pretty good - what with the back-up camera and the split window to look out of. I think I get a decent view of what's behind me.
    It's definitely better than your picture.
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    Rear visibility depends on the driver. It's fine for me, although I don't like that the spoiler blocks my view of the turn signals of cars behind me.

    It's really the pillars that are the problem, but that's true of lots of new cars. The IIHS prefers an increased risk of an accident to an increased risk of injury or death.
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    I suspect, but don't know, that most people complaining about the rear visibility don't have rear view cameras.
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    I have the rear view camera, and I am still going to complain about the rear visibility. And will do so until Toyota fixes it. I need rear visibility even when I am not in reverse. That other cars are worse is irrelevant.
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    i have more of an issue with the view over my right shoulder when i'm trying to change lanes.
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    So what you're saying is you aren't too impressed with the Impala?...Cheer up...you're only renting it...
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    Have any of you adjusted your mirrors in the way Tom and Ray describe below? I've set mine this way for several years and swear by this method.

    "For years, we'd been setting our side-view mirrors so that they gave us a view of the back corner of our cars. This is the way it's been done for generations - from grandfather, to father, to us! But we finally discovered something very interesting. The back corner of the car never moves. It always stays in the same exact place. So there's really no reason to keep an eye on it.

    "By moving the side mirrors farther out, you can line up all three of your mirrors so they have minimal overlap -- and you can see everything behind you and beside you."

    Here's how to do it : Car Talk | How to Avoid the Blind Spot
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    I don't find the rearward visibility of the Prius to be a problem. The spoiler, which many people take issue with, is actually in just the right place to block the headlights of following vehicles. Adjusting the mirrors properly takes care of most of the 'blind spot' problem. With the back seats down, the car feels very open and visibility is quite good.

    Sometimes the front visibility is a problem, though. Those large pillars are more than big enough to hide a pedestrian behind.
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    No rear visibility problems here. I don't have a backup camera either. My Trans Am was worse. :D
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    Perhaps, but I find the visibility awesome without the camera, the camera is just the icing on the cake so I can be lazy and not even rotate my head to backup. :)



    I have driven lots of vehicles more expensive and less expensive than the Prius. Other than gigantic SUV's which are basically all window all around, I don't know what you can see out of well. The point is that it is not bad. What vehicle do you have or have you driven where you find the Prius worse in comparison?



    Lol, not impressed at all. But actually I find it dangerous. I can't see a damned thing out of that boat. Not to mention it looks like some 80's style porn shop inside.
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    I'm not impressed with rear visibility of the Prius. Ours is 3rd gen, but I think very similar. We went from a '91 Accord (great visibility), to '06 Civic (mediocre visibility), to 2010 Prius (even more mediocre). I do not trust what I see (or miss) looking over my shoulder, high window sills, forest of head rests, divisions, pillars, in concert they really obscure visibility.
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    I suggest that the OP remove the rear seat headrests, while he is renting that car.

    I'm used to the Prius so don't find visibility to be an issue. I have the rear camera on the 2007 but mostly ignore it.

    I agree that proper adjustment of the side mirrors to eliminate blind spots is essential when driving any vehicle, not just the Prius.
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    I stuck small ball mirrors on the regular mirrors. That took care of the blind spot issues.
    Now if the cow like clods that walk behind me when I am in reverse motion in a parking lot would just wake up!!!
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    All of them save one. A 2010 Insight is the only car I have ever driven with worse visibility. And not just rear visibility, I have troubles with front visibility as well.

    Moreover, I can see no possible benefit to not complaining about it. The only chance that it will be improved (as admittedly it has, in both the 2010 version (slightly) and the v) would be if Toyota hears complaints.

    And to answer another question, yes my mirrors are properly adjusted. I first heard that advice on the Internet in 1987, and have followed ever since.
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    I also don't recall driving a car with worse rear vision than a Prius. Backing out of a parking space it's terrible. Although, many trucks and windowless vans are worse.

    I also don't think the whole thing about don't complain if someone has something or some condition worse than your makes any sense. Taken literally, that means as long as someone is worse off, you are OK. What a sales moto! Toyota should pick up on that and say "Prius rear vision doesn't suck as bad as an Impalas rear vision."
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    The best car for front side and rear visability I ever owned was a 1966 Mercury Monclair. I could easily see all four corners and everything around me. It was over 19 feet long and I could parrallel park the car anywhere. The problem was it was a death trap. I can happily give up some visability for a safe, economical and technologically superior Prius.
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    Well the Prius is the best I have driven excluding one convertible where there was literally nothing in the way. So for those where the Prius is "the worst" or the second to worse, name some vehicles from a similar vintage to your Prius.
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