Mom Must-Have: Conversation Mirror

I'm a mom, but I wouldn't consider myself a minivan person. One look inside the cavernous Chrysler Town & Country I just tested, however, has me changing my tune. Aside from the oodles of room in the van, its list of comfort and convenience features made me want to move right in. A small, easy-to-overlook one is the conversation mirror, which acts like a spyglass with a view of the backseat.

The small, convex plastic mirror flips down from the ceiling near the rearview mirror and provides the perfect angle to quickly check in with your back passengers — no head turning or rearview mirror adjustment necessary. Sometimes all it takes is a quick, sharp look from Mom or Dad to settle the circus in back, and the mirror is the perfect tool for it.

I've found this feature in obvious places, like minivans and larger crossovers such as the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, but it's also popping up in more unexpected places. The Honda CR-V compact crossover features one, as does the new-for-2014 Fiat 500L, the stretched hatchback version of the compact 500 coupe.

This may seem like a minor feature, but what parent wouldn't want eyes in the back of their head?

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I can see how this would really come in handy for moms especially because kids always want to show you something or just want to talk.


Our Odyssey has one built in and it's very useful. Even if we can't see exactly what the kids are doing, they THINK we can - and that's enough of a deterrent for us. :)


A Chrysler engineer must have rode in a school bus in their younger years before he/she designed vans. I can see how it would be handy though.

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