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We stopped to look at the regular ION's at the local dealership today. Does anyone here one one of these?

It seemed that the side windows were awfully short, and the rear pillars are awfully big? What's the visibility like in these cars?

I'm guessing that the side windows aren't an issue, rarely do you need to look down, but the rearward visiability looks pretty iffy...

Atlanta traffic (8 lanes wide, with the slow lane usually running at 80mph in a 55) requires excellent visibility and really good luck when trying to make it from the HOV lane to the exit lane sometimes...

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I too have test drove/checked out the entire ION selection and I didn't find much of anything right off intoxicating. My mom bought a ION2 just after the sedan was released and I have had a few chances to drive the thing and I haven't really noticed much of a problem with visibility. She doesn't have the Vti but the 140 hp with a traditional 5-speed auto has potential. I was in Atl. a few days ago and ever with 6 lanes of traffic that city's always clogged and a couple more horses would be quite useful.
Back to my orginal topic I test drove all the ions and didn't find many problems at all.
 

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Good, my wife, who will be the primary driver of our Redline ION had concerns, but it was Sunday, so we couldn't check it out for ourselves. We'll be scheduling one of those 24 hour test drives soon though.

In addition to being the next project car, it will be the car we use as a family when we go to events. Unfortunately, installing the cage in the SRT-4 made the backseat unusable.

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wow, 80 in the slow lane, i should drive down in atlanta more often. around here, (outside boston) even when there's no traffic fast lane means speed limit, tops. it requires lots of lane shifting to maintain a speed of 80-90.
 

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wow, 80 in the slow lane, i should drive down in atlanta more often. around here, (outside boston) even when there's no traffic fast lane means speed limit, tops. it requires lots of lane shifting to maintain a speed of 80-90.
From Macon to the opposite side of Atlanta yesterday, slow lane was running 75 (in a 70), center lanes were pretty much 80 to 85, the fast lane was too fast for me and the family. They were probably arriving about 15 minutes before we were....

It did slow down in the Atlanta twisties, but the slow lane was still running about 60 in a 55, with increasing speed every time you moved left....

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