It is really quite an impressive design.
(It does look pretty terrible doesn't it.)
But in real life, the side view is actually not that bad, and there is a back up camera when in reverse anyway.
So you do actually see enough. It is more of a claustrophobic feeling when driving, or entering the car.
Something you actually get used to. Since it is not a small car.
(That same feeling never went away when I was driving the smaller Nissan Z)
I am happy to report they work great.
(No more cold air right on your hands while driving.)
The best part is the outer ring controlling the temperature. It is one of the best new feature I have seen in a car in a long time.
It is really pure genius in its simplicity. The kind of stuff that makes you wonder "why didn't anyone think of this before???"