What makes a vehicle unsafe? Pick your poison. Some cars crumble when hit from the side or front. Others present a risk of rolling over when you hit an object on the road. As crash tests get more difficult to ace, regulators have looked for new standards when declaring a car safe. The last major update had to do with quality of headlights.
That shift made perfect sense. With SUVs and trucks at peak popularity and more elderly drivers taking to the road than ever before, the thought of big cars driven by people who can’t see is frightening. So we applaud the IIHS for making quality headlights part of the criteria for Top Safety Pick awards.
Still, it takes more than nice headlights to see where you’re going. Many cars on the road these days have bind spots ranging from minor to severe. Be careful if you or a loved one is thinking about buying one, and consider the advanced safety features offered as options to see around those blind spots. Here are the 10 cars Consumer Reports ranked worst for visibility.