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Just curious about the vision you get out of a wrangler?

Seems to me compare to all the toyotas/nissans, the Wranglers windscreen severely limits your peripheral vision. Looks like you looking through a bunker hole rather than a windscreen.

Do you even see the sky above you through the screen like the toyotas or does it cut the top half of what you can see out of the picture?
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I have always loved vehicles that gave me as much vision as possible - I was a habitual head turner in my TJ's and XJ. When I got my F150 a few years ago I had to get more used to depending on the mirrors for knowing the haps around me, so the JK was an easy switch for me when I finally got there.

I feel like the JK is better than the (few, admittedly) SUV's I have driven but with a big door jam right next to your head, you aren't seeing much behind your ears. 2 Door > 4 Door for vision, but that comes with owning a larger vehicle.
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Hi,

Just curious about the vision you get out of a wrangler?

Seems to me compare to all the toyotas/nissans, the Wranglers windscreen severely limits your peripheral vision. Looks like you looking through a bunker hole rather than a windscreen.

Do you even see the sky above you through the screen like the toyotas or does it cut the top half of what you can see out of the picture?
Full vision, did seem like a bunker at first but get used to it after a while and the obstructions disappear and the engine gets smaller
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I love the bunker/turret feel of the JK interior! I've always hated the fish bowl feeling of vehicles with really open and airy interiors. Each to their own

In saying that I don't find visibility too much of an issue in the JK. I do get what you mean, but it doesn't bother me, I've never thought "geez I wish that A pillar was thinner" or "I wish the roof line was higher". The only time would be maybe when I am offroading up a steep hill and approach the top and you are wondering what on the other side, I feel the JK doesn't let me see what's on the other side for a bit longer compared to prev vehicles with a more sloping bonnet. But no big deal.

But I also have a 52" light bar accross the top of my windscreen which sits flush with the top of the roofline (not above it like a lot of brackets mount them), which means it eats into the top of my windscreen a lot. Plus I have a bonnet mounted light bar as well which eats into visibility a little when looking down the bonnet.
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It is narrower than your average SUV or sedan but you get used to it very quickly and it isn't as bad is it appears.

Out the rear window is a different story but if you use your mirrors regularly like you are supposed to (unlike most drivers here in Newcastle) you know what's around you.
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I'm 6'4" and the mirror was right in my line of sight but did the flip over trick as seen on YouTube and all good now.

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Agreed, the mirror is the worst offender in the visibility stakes. The flip helps, but it is still awful. Closely following are the A pillars. I quickly learned to move a bit to check each side properly when approaching roundabouts & pedestrian crossings, when I came close to collecting cars/people who had vanished behind them.

Not an issue now. I also replaced the mirror with a camera that is above the windscreen. Not as good as a mirror, but good enough combined with the side mirrors.
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It is terrible but as everyone else has said, you get used to it! My mate as a Land Rover Defender and I'd say it's on par with that, maybe even slightly better, and another mate has the Discovery 3 and that thing is ridiculous! You can see everything from it. It's called the "command position" apparently (which I actually thought was on yer knees! )

As long as you use your mirrors and move about the cockpit a bit, you'll be right. I just bought myself some cheap additional blindspot mirrors to add onto the factory ones for a little bit more rear/side view
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Thanks for the feedback.

I'm not too concerned about the blind spot stuff... I mean more or a less, you go cruise the country, and for 3000+ km you are missing half of the scenery cause it feels like you are looking out of a tunnel. The sky is blocked out top part of peripheral vision etc... more in that sense, how bad is it... ?

I like the open "I can see out of the window" feel. Sit in seat, and you can see the blue sky above you rather than the ceiling of the car etc...
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