Headlight technologies have come a long way over the past two decades, but according to a new report published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, many crossovers are still poorly illuminating U.S. roads.
The test performed by the IIHS focused on the best headlight options currently avalible on 21 small crossover models. The institute revealed that 12 out of the 21 recieved a “poor” rating, with none of the 47 avalible combinations achieving a “good” rating.
“Manufacturers aren’t paying enough attention to the actual on-road performance of this basic equipment” stated Matthew Brumbelow IIHS’s senior research engineer. “We’re optimistic that improvements will come quickly now that we’ve given automakers something to strive for.”
While these results are troubling, one glimmer of good news is that four models recieved “acceptable” ratings while five more gained “marginal” ratings. The four acceptable models were the 2016 Hyundai Tuscon, 2017 Ford Escape, 2016 Mazda CX-3, and the 2016 Honda HR-V.
Once exclusive to the luxury car and SUV segments, HID and LED lighting technologies have gradually trickled down to mainstream models over the past few years but the IIHS’s test suggests that these technologies do not always guarantee solid performance.
To be fair, the affected units do comply with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards, but the IIHS claims that these standards don’t do enough to truly gauge real world performance. In addition to this round of testing, The IIHS will also test pickup truck headlights so look for more information to come out on this subject in the near future. In the meantime the IIHS has released a brief video which can be seen below.