Toyota Prius V Judged Car with Best Headlights

Toyota Prius V Judged Car with Best Headlights

A US study has ranked the best and worst headlight performance of the mid-size cars on the market and the Toyota Prius V has come out on top.

To be fair though, the Prius people-mover only gets the top ranking when fitted with the optional LED headlights that come in the more expensive technology pack, the standard halogen lights on the Toyota ranked “poor.”

The research, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found the Prius V with the LED headlights delivered enough light for a driver to spot for a car, pedestrian, bicycle or some other object as much as 118 metres (387 feet) ahead.

That would provide a driver enough time to come to a complete, safe stop.

By comparison, the halogen headlamps used by the BMW 3 Series were rated the worst of the 31 models tested, delivering enough illumination only to spot obstacles at 39 metres (128 feet)! The BMW and nine other models, including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class fell into the “poor” category.

Nine other models fell into the “marginal” category.

IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer David Zuby says the study found all headlights are not created equal.

“If you’re having trouble seeing behind the wheel at night, it could very well be your headlights and not your eyes that are to blame,”

“We found the same light bulb, depending upon what reflector or lens it’s paired with and how it’s mounted on the vehicle, can give you very different visibility down the road.”

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