Study: Got an SUV? Test shows your headlights are probably failing you

The tests - which began earlier this year - measure the amount of usable light provided by low beams and high beams

Most small SUV have a poor rating for headlights, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

DETROIT (AP) – Small SUVs did poorly in new headlight tests performed by the insurance industry.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says none of the 21 small SUVs tested earned its highest ranking. The Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Mazda CX-3 performed best, but more than half the SUVs tested received the lowest ranking, including the Subaru Forester and the Audi Q3.

The tests – which began earlier this year – measure the amount of usable light provided by low beams and high beams on straight roads and curves.

The institute says high-tech headlights such as high-intensity discharge lamps don’t necessarily perform better.

Expect automakers to upgrade their lighting soon. Starting next year, the insurance institute won’t give its coveted highest safety award to vehicles with poor headlights.

Headlight ratings for small SUVs
Best available headlight system for each model,
2016 models unless specified

Acceptable
2017 Ford Escape
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Mazda CX-3

Marginal
BMW X1
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Toyota RAV4
Volkswagen Tiguan

Poor
Audi Q3
Buick Encore
Chevrolet Trax
Fiat 500X
Honda HR-V
Jeep Patriot
Jeep Renegade
Jeep Wrangler
2017 Kia Sportage
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester

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