10 Cars With a Blind Spot Monitor
These cars with a blind spot monitor are intended to warn you when there's a vehicle you can't see.
Cars with a blind spot monitor are becoming increasingly common as the cost of technology comes down. Once only found on luxury vehicles, cars with a blind spot monitor are now common at every price point. These systems use sensors to see what's in your blind spot. When something is detected, the technology warns the driver by illuminating a light either in the side-view mirror or inside the car near the mirror.
Some systems will also sound a chime or even steer you back into your lane if you attempt to change lanes when someone is in your blind spot and there's a risk of a collision. There are also blind spot camera systems, which are a bit different in that they display a live feed of what's in your blind spot on either the instrument cluster or the infotainment screen.
Our criteria for vehicles on this list is simple: Each vehicle has a blind spot monitor that is offered as either a standard or optional feature on at least one trim in the model lineup.
Because various blind spot monitoring systems are so widely available, we picked a mix of cars that offer this feature. We've included hybrids, compact sedans, and full-size sedans on our list, along with both budget-friendly and luxury vehicles. This list of cars with a blind spot monitor likely includes something for everyone, no matter your budget or needs, so you'll be ready to head to the dealership.
The Toyota Prius is a well-known hybrid car with a hatchback that gives it added versatility for carrying cargo, especially larger items that might not fit in a trunk. It offers a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert as a standard feature on all but the base L Eco trim level.
With a starting price of around $20,000, the Nissan Sentra represents one of the more affordable ways to get standard blind spot monitoring. This advanced driver-assistance feature is part of Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of six driver aids that come standard on Sentra. In addition to the compulsory blind spot monitor, you also get pedestrian-detecting automatic emergency braking, rear automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beams.
The Honda Accord is a full-size sedan that's available with both gas and hybrid engines. It features blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert on most of the lineup, including its hybrid trims. Accords equipped with a gas engine include this feature on all but the LX, Sport (except 2.0T), and Sport Special Edition trims. On hybrid versions of the Accord, it's standard on all but the base Hybrid trim, which gives you plenty of options if you're looking for an Accord with this feature.
The Hyundai Elantra is an affordable compact sedan that includes standard Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist across the full trim range. This system not only warns you when there's something in your blind spot, but it's also intended to go one step further to ensure your safety: If you activate your turn signal when it senses something in your blind spot, it can also apply the left or right front brake before you change lanes as a further preventive measure.
The Ford Mustang is a sports car with a wide range of trims. They include everything from more modest engines to high-performance options with plenty of horsepower for those who plan to spend time on the track. There's even a choice of either a hardtop coupe or a soft-top convertible so you can better enjoy those warm summer days. No matter which you choose, it will include Ford CoPilot 360 as a standard feature. This suite of safety features includes blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert as standard.
The Chevrolet Malibu is a roomy mid-size sedan available in a range of four trims. All but the base L trim includes blind spot monitoring as an available* feature.
The Kia Stinger is a sporty sedan that has standard Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist. This not only warns the driver if there's anything in their blind spot, but the car can also apply the brakes if you try to turn into another lane when it detects a vehicle in the blind spot. Additionally, the top GT2 trim adds a Blind Spot View Monitor that shows the driver a live video feed of the blind spot whenever the turn signal is activated.
The Audi A3 is a luxury sports sedan with sleek exterior styling that's available in three well-equipped trims. It offers Audi Side Assist with Rear Cross Traffic Assist as a part of the Convenience Package on the Premium trim. This becomes a standard feature on both the Premium Plus and the Prestige.
The A-Class is a luxury sedan with an upscale interior. It combines quality materials with a powerful, engaging drive and responsive handling. It also has standard Blind Spot Assist. The system works at speeds over 20 mph by alerting the driver with a red icon on the side-view mirror to indicate another vehicle in the blind spot. Additionally, if the turn signal is activated when a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, the system adds a warning chime.
BMW 2 Series
The BMW 2 Series is a luxury-sports coupe available with a range of powerful engines designed to appeal to driving enthusiasts. Standard safety on the 2 Series includes BMW Active Driving Assistant. This safety suite bundles frontal collision warning, lane departure warning, speed limit information, and active blind spot detection. It's a standard feature on the 2 Series, so there's no need to move up a trim level or add on a package.
The widespread availability of blind spot monitoring systems on today's cars makes it easy to find one that fits your needs and your budget.
*Availability is subject to specific trim level selections