Americans called cars with the best and worst headlightsNovember 30, 2018
According to the US Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS), headlights for more than half of the cars tested by the organization in 2018 do not adequately cover the road and dazzle the drivers of off-road vehicles. Only 32 models out of 165 received the highest score on the test results.
The first IIHS headlights were tested in March 2016. 31 models and 82 variants of light engineering participated in the tests. Then the Toyota Prius v LED headlights were recognized as the best, with the high-speed auto-control function, and the BMW 3-Series halogen bulbs were the worst. The following tests, conducted in July of the same year, revealed leaders and outsiders among crossover: the worst one was the Honda HR-V optics, and the best-Mazda CX-3 LED headlamps.
In 2018 IIHS tested 165 cars and as many as 424 variants of lighting equipment. 32 models were rated “OK”, 58 “acceptable”, 32 “weak”, and 43 were awarded the lowest score. Thus, it turned out that the headlights of 67 percent of the tested cars do not meet the current safety requirements. The highest gains were Genesis G90 and Lexus NX optics. “Good” is also called optional lights Chevrolet Volt, Genesis G80, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Toyota Camry. Poor’s ranked Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR and Infiniti QX60.
IIHS tests are carried out in the dark. With the help of special sensors for each type of optics, the amount of light is measured on straight lines and in four types of turns (right and left curves, smooth and sharp turns). The “good” or “acceptable” ratings in these tests allow you to get the Top Safety Pick + award that is displayed by IIHS machines that showed better results in crash tests.