The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has expanded their headlight assessment program to test most small crossovers and SUVs. In testing, the independent firm found that none of the tested vehicles are ‘good’ when it comes to headlights.
In fact, only one of the tested products even earned an ‘acceptable’ rating regarding headlight illumination and it was the Mazda CX-3 when equipped with its optional LED lamps. Three other models earned a mediocre ‘acceptable’ rating, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tuscan.
With the remaining products, more than half earned a ‘poor’ rating from IIHS. The low ranking is generally credited from “unacceptable glare” from the headlights or simply poor illumination.
“The worst headlights among the small SUVs belong to a different Honda — the new-for-2016 HR-V,” the IIHS report says. “The illumination provided by the HR-V’s halogen low beams and high beams is inadequate on all four curves and on the straightaway. The HR-V is one of 12 small SUVs that can’t be purchased with anything other than poor-rated headlights.”
IIHS hopes this report will spur automakers to improve headlight designs on small crossovers and SUVs. A ‘good’ rating in the lighting test will be required next year in order for a vehicle to earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ranking.