U.S. study looks at midsize SUV headlights
They are the go-to vehicle for families today and that means safety credentials are very important to midsize SUV buyers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just put all the top midsize SUVs up against each other to test the effectiveness of their headlights and the results show there can be quite a difference between the top and bottom performers.
It was the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2017 Volvo XC60 that performed best in the tests.
Projector headlights were found to be the most effective headlight technology with all the ‘good’ and ‘acceptable’ headlight variants boasting that tech.
While three other ‘good’ rated headlights were of the high-intensity discharge (HID) type.
IIHS 2017 Midsize SUV Headlight Test – Luxury SUVs:
- Infiniti QX60
- Lincoln MKC
- Lincoln MKX
IIHS 2017 Midsize SUV Headlight Test – Non-luxury SUVs:
- 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
- Dodge Durango
- Ford Flex
- GMC Acadia
- Nissan Murano
- Nissan Pathfinder
- Dodge Journey
- Ford Edge
- Ford Explorer
- GMC Terrain
- Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
- Jeep Wrangler
- Kia Sorento
- Toyota 4Runner
IIHS Senior Research Engineer Matt Brumbelow says the tests are important because most car buyers don’t test drive their prospective new vehicle at night.
“As a group, midsize SUV headlights perform slightly better than the other SUVs and pickups we evaluated last year, and that’s encouraging,”
“Still, we continue to see headlights that compromise safety because they only provide a short view down the road at night.”