I've only bought 4 new cars in my life (50 years behind the wheel), and one of my top criteria is good visibility for backing up. My '88 Subaru GL wagon, which I still own and will never give up, scores 100 on this.
I'm one month into my new Niro (PHEV LX), and it scores miserably in this respect. Using my rear view mirror, I can't see out the quarter panel windows; swiveling my head gives me just a sliver of visibility. Merging or changing lanes takes lots of double-checking and elevated heart rate... Backing up, I find myself depending on the rear camera too much. In either case, the blind spots remain blind, and I now do those maneuvers very slowly. I can't and won't retrain myself to rely on only technology -- cameras and blind spot warnings -- poor rear visibility is simply a deficient design. But it's sadly one that most SUVs suffer from nowadays.
Don't get me wrong, I love my new Niro. It has just about everything I was looking for, for our driving habits, and its features and technology greatly outweigh a few demerits. I have only two complaints about the design: poor rear visibility, and the frustrating climate control system which doesn't allow fan-only mode. When I'm not dealing with those two "features", it's the most fun gadget I own.
Oh, my only other complaint: I used to go everywhere on my bicycle, for exercise and efficiency. Now I make excuses to go out cuz we can do almost everything in EV mode.
We're nearly at 1,000 miles of ownership, and we've used a little over 1/2 tank of gas (the dealer fill-up). I can't get over that