These days,low,wide cars from the factory are no more;the beltlines have
risen for safety reasons(side-impact protection,SUVs...) and cars made
narrower for low drag.
Tall,narrow and egg-shaped are the cars of today.(YUK!)
Just compare an Integra with an RSX,and you can see it!
The RSX is more egg-shaped,higher,like they put an airhose to the car and
I sure have noticed the same thing. Beltlines are way up in most
classes of cars. Passive safety is unfortunately taking precendence
over visibility. We have a '93 Volvo 240 for our daughter. Not a
pretty car, but every time I drive it I am amazed at the outstanding
visibility the driver has in all directions. When I get in our Accord
or TSX I feel like I can't see a darn thing by comparison.
High beltlines, massive pillars and egg shape design all take away from
the driver's visibility.
I guess that with most drivers spending so little time actually looking
at what is going on outside of their heads it might be the right trade
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