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by Brett Davis

The NRMA has released results for the latest reversing visibility test. Cars are judged using a simple star rating system; more stars equal a high rear visibility.

Using a laser setup and a cylinder to represent the height and width of a two-year old toddler, the NRMA conducts various procedures inside a grid measuring 1.8 metres by 15 metres. The laser is then directed through the rear window of the vehicle from a number of positions on the grid.

The list-topping cars for each category include;

  • Small – Proton savvy with parking sensor (4 stars)
  • Small to Medium – Kia Soul with parking camera (5 stars)
  • Medium – Toyota Camry with parking camera (4.5 stars)
  • Large – Holden Commodore with parking camera (5 stars)
  • People movers – Subaru Exiga with parking camera (5 stars)
  • Sports – Lexus IS F with sensors and parking camera (5 stars)
  • Luxury – Honda Legend with parking camera (5 stars)
  • SUV – BMW X5, Ford Territory, Kia Sorento, Mitsubishi ASX, Toyota Prado, all with parking cameras (5 stars)
  • Utilities – Great Wall Motors SA220 (3 stars)

Some popular cars that received zero stars included – although we’re not sure how this is possible, the laser must not have been able to pin point the cylinder representation at all:

  • Mazda2
  • Hyundai i30
  • Mazda6
  • Holden Epic
  • Honda Accord Euro
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Holden Commodore (sedan)
  • Ford Falcon (sedan)
  • Subaru Liberty Exiga
  • Audi S4
  • Audi A5
  • Toyota Rav4
  • Toyota Prado

Most of these cars do come with an optional parking sensor or parking camera feature, these were without such options.

For all the results in every category check out the NRMA site.




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