The Headlights on your SUV are Probably Not Very Good

The Headlights on your SUV are Probably Not Very Good”

"We continue to see headlights that compromise safety because they only provide a short view down the road at night", said Matt Brumbelow, a senior research engineer at IIHS.

In a statement to "CBS This Morning", Kia said the Kia Sorento "has been named a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety" and that "Kia will carefully evaluate the results of this test as part of its commitment to continuous improvement". One of these sources is then paired with either reflectors or projector lenses. Models equipped with high-beam assist earn extra credit in IIHS ratings. Although the XC60 and Santa Fe performed best when fitted with optional HID headlights, the IIHS says that the actual type of light-HID, LED, or halogen-doesn't necessarily make lights more effective.

Auto manufacturers have lobbied the Feds for years to allow "adaptive beam headlights" in the US. In 17 of these cases, the headlights were deemed Poor based exclusively on their unacceptable amount of glare alone.

All of the Sport model's headlights created unacceptable glare, according to the IIHS test, including high-end HID lamps that can "curve" light into a corner as the vehicle turns. Just 14 models rank in the "good" or "acceptable" range necessary to be chosen an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The worst bunch are the Infiniti QX60, Lincoln MKC, Lincoln MKX, Dodge Journey, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, GMC Terrain, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Jeep Wrangler, Kia Sorento, and Toyota 4Runner, which all have poor-rated headlights.

A new report says most mid-size SUVs on the road right now have headlights that don't work well.

In the Institute's evaluations, engineers measure how far light is projected from a vehicle's low beams and high beams as the vehicle travels straight and on curves. The 37 SUVs that IIHS evaluated have 79 possible headlight combinations. The less glare, the better their rating. In 17 of those cases, the headlights would be rated poor based on glare alone.

Despite the glare problems and poor headlight ratings, the 2017 Sorento and 2017 Santa Fe Sport both were regarded as an IIHS Top Safety Pick due to their optional front crash prevention.

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