Here's Another Reason To Hate Crossovers: The Headlights Suck


The IIHS didn't give a single SUV a "good" rating

Not too long ago we reported that the IIHS gave one third of midsize cars a "poor" headlight rating. Only 11 of the 31 vehicles tested earned an "acceptable" rating. Now the IIHS has expanded its testing to small SUVs and crossovers, and surprise surprise, it found deficiencies with 21 different models. Not a single model earned a "good" rating, and only the Mazda CX-3 came close in the Grand Touring trim, which comes with LED headlights. Other models that earned an "acceptable" include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson.

On the other end of the spectrum, more than half of the models received a "poor" rating with "unacceptable glare" present on 17 models. The worst headlights belong to the Honda HR-V. The report said that: "The illumination provided by the HR-V's halogen low beams and high beams is inadequate on all four curves and on the straightaway. The HR-V is one of 12 small SUVs that can't be purchased with anything other than poor-rated headlights." We aren't the biggest fans of crossovers here at CarBuzz. We think they are just hatchbacks that automakers have ruined by raising them by an inch or two. But for some reason, this simple modification helps crossovers sell in bunches in the US.

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We doubt terrible headlights will get Americans to stop buying small SUVs and return to hatchbacks and wagons. Still, we love hearing that these dumb crossovers have some weakness.

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