First things first - the author was driving a Mazda 2 (the green paint and dashboard gave it away). Simon, thank you so much for this rant-review, I am trying to lobby for this kind of change myself.
- Now for the rant -
This has to be expanded - it's not just about A-pillars...but especially in Kia/Hyundai models, the C and D pillars are huge too. Outward rear-visibility is TERRIBLE and reliance on backup cameras is not a solution (because then people don't actually look behind before backing up). Thank you, Toyota Volvo, and Honda (and any others), for your Cross-traffic Alerts.
The Fiat 500 needs to be banned. That thick B pillar positioned right beside the driver makes it impossible to check your blind spot...the number of times I've had to honk and swerve on the 401 from Windsor to Toronto because of those effing Fiat's is beyond coincidence. God I hate that car.
I don't think outward visibility in general is very important to manufacturers anymore.
how wrong you are, I'm glad to report - one of the Subaru Forester's strongest selling features is actually its huge greenhouse, low belt line, and ability to see a 1 metre high child anywhere around the car. Phenomenal concern for pedestrian safety - and Subaru has also started lowering side-mirrors to the doors and adding in real front 3/4 windows (unlike Kia's minuscule excuse).
Until our cars drive themselves, the driver needs to be able to see the road and his/her surroundings. That includes maintaining good wiper blades, using washer fluid, clearing snow off the ENTIRE car (not just using the wipers) when covered, and as a nice option, a water-repellent applied to side windows.
For those of you that disagree with the author, why do you hate your children? (sorry, but need to quote the Simpson's cry for "won't someone please think of the children" had to be included). Then again, if you hate your neighbour's children...