Poor headlight performance in SUVs

Learn if your small SUV headlights properly illuminate the road

A recent study by the by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has concluded that many SUV do a poor job of illuminating the road.

Among the 21 small SUVs that were tested, there were over 41 different available lighting options. They included halogen, HID, LED, Adaptive Headlights and a few other options manufacture options.

The Insurance Institute used a headlight rating system which included acceptable, marginal, and poor. The Institutes rating system is different from the government agency which regulates headlight standards. In the government agency, they rate headlights in the lab for output and angle. In this study, they headlights are studied for illumination in real world situations.

“Acceptable” ratings were given to the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and the Mazda CX-3. Each of these vehicles had been tested with the highest lighting package available. 

A few small SUV’s that were rated in the “poor” category included the Audi Q3, Honda HR-V, Jeep Wrangler, and Subaru Forester. 

To see a list of all small SUVs which were tested, click on the link below.



Written by Eric Sevim | A+ Japanese Auto Repair, Inc. | 780 Industrial Rd, San Carlos CA 94070

www.aplusjapaneseautorepair.com | 650-595-2277


Disclaimer: This article is provided for general informational purposes only.  It is not intended as advice for your particular vehicle, and should not be relied upon for that purpose.  Please consult a qualified automotive maintenance professional to determine the maintenance and repair needs for your vehicle.

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