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post #1 of 22 Old 03-30-2016, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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IIHS Headlight Testing (HRV Rated Poor)

New report from IIHS: IN THE DARK : New ratings show most headlights need improvement

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One good rating out of 82

Most of the vehicles included in this release have multiple headlight ratings, so there are a total of 82 headlight ratings for 2016 models even though there are only 31 vehicles. IIHS is rating every possible headlight combination as it becomes available from dealers.

The Prius v earns a good rating when equipped with LED lights and high-beam assist....

Consumers who want the good headlights on the Prius v need to buy the advanced technology package, which is only available on the highest trim level. When equipped with regular halogen lights and without high-beam assist, the Prius v earns a poor rating.
Unfortunately, HR-V isn't yet included in the IIHS report. There is almost no correlation between brand, $$$, and performance.

GOOD
Toyota Prius v

ACCEPTABLE
Audi A3
Honda Accord 4-door
Infiniti Q50
Lexus ES
Lexus IS
Mazda 6
Nissan Maxima
Subaru Outback
(built after Nov. 2015)
Volkswagen CC
Volkswagen Jetta
Volvo S60

MARGINAL
Acura TLX
Audi A4
BMW 2 series
BMW 3 series
Chrysler 200
Ford Fusion
Lincoln MKZ
Subaru Legacy
Toyota Camry

POOR
Buick Verano
Cadillac ATS
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Malibu Limited (fleet model)
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Nissan Altima
Volkswagen Passat
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One problem with this is that they use the nicest lights available for the car. I.E., the highest trim level. Obviously does not matter for HR-Vs, but makes the study a bit more misleading since they don't actually put the trim designation next to the results...

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Honestly, I remember driving cars with 4 T3 headlights, on roads so dark you couldn't see mailboxes until you were about to hit them. Any modern car has great lights compared to that!
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Well, the HRV had the worst headlights.



http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/12/auto...hts/index.html


http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/veh...r-v-4-door-suv

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Of the 6 vehicles I have owned or driven substantially the HRV has the best headlights (granted I did put aftermarket GE Nighthawk bulbs in). Maybe if I've tried bi-xenon or something I would think differently. Makes me wonder if auto makers will even care about the ratings here in the US and work them into future models.
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Unhappy IIHS Rates HR-V Headlights Poor - How to Fix?

So the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested the headlights on 21 small SUVs and the HR-V came out as having poor headlights (source of news). Of the 21 SUVs tested, 4 came out with acceptable headlights, 5 with marginal, and and 12 with poor.

So, how can we improve our headlights? Is it as simple as buying a new set of headlight bulbs? If so, any recommendations on what to buy, how bright, the color of the bulbs, etc? I own a 2016 HR-V EX-L which includes the fog lights.

Edit: So I started this as a thread but apparently it got moved into here as a comment. My main reason for posting was to find out about potential new headlight bulbs to buy. I'm still hoping for recommendations on new bulbs.

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HRV Headlights rated poor

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I just saw that article. I'm curious what actual owners say. I still have my fingers crossed for the same type of LED headlights the new Civics got on the 2017 HRV. Those things light up everything!
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The complete report is here for those that like technical aspects of the rating.

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/veh...r-v-4-door-suv

Hopefully, this report will shame Honda into putting LEDs in future HRV models sooner than later.

No report on the new Civics yet, but the LED Accord had an acceptable rating. The Halogen projector CRV also rated acceptable

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/veh...d-4-door-sedan

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/veh...r-v-4-door-suv

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So how do we improve our headlights? Anyone have any recommendations on a new bulb to get?
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