IIHS: Pickup-Truck Headlights Are Terrible (Except One style’s)
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been throwing a lot of shade lately at fresh cars’ headlight performance, as well as also with Great reason. Not only is actually the group incorporating headlight ratings into its 2017 overall crash ratings, of which also won’t give a car the outfit’s coveted Top Safety Pick + rating unless of which scores at least a mid-level Acceptable grade from the headlight category. IIHS has already tested mid-size sedans as well as also tiny crossover/SUVs, as well as also at This specific point of which has turned its attention to pickup trucks. The results, as from the various other tests, weren’t Great.
Seven large pickup trucks as well as also four “tiny” pickups were tested, meaning of which while not every truck on the market fell under IIHS’s watchful eye, most did. Three of the seven large trucks (2016 as well as also 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, as well as also Toyota Tundra) as well as also all four tiny pickups (2016 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, as well as also 2016 as well as also 2017 Toyota Tacoma) are available only with headlights of which scored the worst rating, Poor. The various other four large pickups tested offer lights graded coming from Marginal (2016 Ram 1500, 2017 Nissan Titan) to Acceptable (2016 as well as also 2017 GMC Sierra). The lone Great headlight rating on a pickup went to the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
When testing headlights—a process you can read about in full we explained in detail earlier This specific year—IIHS measures not only how well the units illuminate a real road at night nevertheless also how much glare they throw at oncoming traffic. Although the results of the truck tests speak for themselves, IIHS did go out of its way to point out of which the Ford F-series pickup is actually “among the poorest performers,” saying, “Both the base halogen as well as also the optional LED low-beams provide inadequate visibility in all test scenarios.” To illuminate the differences between Poor- as well as also Great-rated headlights, the Chevrolet Colorado’s halogen low-beams illuminated only 123 feet on IIHS’s straightaway, while the Ridgeline’s LED low-beams threw light 358 feet down the road.
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As we pointed out when IIHS tested the headlights on mid-size sedans as well as also tiny crossovers, the fresh headlight ratings should spur automakers to start addressing real-world headlight performance as well as also not just federal headlight standards (which don’t incorporate real-world evaluation). After all, carmakers just love to advertise those Top Safety Pick + ratings. IIHS isn’t alone in pressuring automakers for better lights, though; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to adopt similar headlight ratings when of which redoes its crash tests for the 2019 style year.