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We love our new 2023 EX-L. The headlights must be really bright, or maybe misaligned? Quite often oncoming cars flash their brights at me, even though mine is on low beam. Anybody else having this issue? I like the brightness - quite an upgrade from our 2002 CR-V.
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Ask your dealer to check their aims. The brightness has nothing to do with the blinding oncoming traffics. if the headlights are aimed correctly.
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Drivers are becoming more used to the white lights that are more or less standard on new cars. I installed LED bulbs in my 2016 HRV within the first year. I rarely get flashed for this anymore, and when I do I flash back and then they see what brights really are!
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Just bought a 2023 HRV Sport and the headlights are aligned too high as well. Constantly getting people flashing at us like we have our high beams on. I've heard of other people complaining about this same issue in YT videos when reviewing. I was reading that the headlights automatically move up and down when going around turns or hills, so maybe a software update can fix this with setting their base line a bit lower.
Just bought a 2023 HRV Sport and the headlights are aligned too high as well. Constantly getting people flashing at us like we have our high beams on. I've heard of other people complaining about this same issue in YT videos when reviewing. I was reading that the headlights automatically move up and down when going around turns or hills, so maybe a software update can fix this with setting their base line a bit lower.
I know that they will adjust from low beam to high bean when in the AUTO mode but I dont think they move up or down when going around curves....
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I know that they will adjust from low beam to high bean when in the AUTO mode but I dont think they move up or down when going around curves....
Yeah they definitely adjust to high beams when the light sensor turns them on but you're right I can't find anything about moving up and down after reading the actual manual lol. But others on Reddit are having the same issue with the 2023 HR-V headlights... Links here : Bright headlights 2023 Sport or look up reddit "/r/HRV/comments/ytoc9w/bright_headlights_2023_sport/"
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when in auto-high. the high beams only come on when the camera does not detect any headlights or taillights in front.
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when in auto-high. the high beams only come on when the camera does not detect any headlights or taillights in front.
Correct, we all agree that is true but what we are talking about is the fact that the headlights when low beam are on they are aligned too high. So the base of the low beams needs to be adjusted manually within the physical headlight to a lower angle itself because they shine at a higher angle into on coming traffic. What I've seen from sources on different forums is the same problem we're talking about and Honda should address this because this does not seem like a one off or even just a few people complaining. It's a safety issue for others driving on the road and could cause someone to be blinded by the oncoming headlights and possibly cause a crash.
Correct, we all agree that is true but what we are talking about is the fact that the headlights when low beam are on they are aligned too high. So the base of the low beams needs to be adjusted manually within the physical headlight to a lower angle itself because they shine at a higher angle into on coming traffic. What I've seen from sources on different forums is the same problem we're talking about and Honda should address this because this does not seem like a one off or even just a few people complaining. It's a safety issue for others driving on the road and could cause someone to be blinded by the oncoming headlights and possibly cause a crash.
Off subject but on 2021 HRV the auto high beams do not activate below 45 mph but my wife鈥檚 CRV (2021) activates at 25 mph. States this in owners manual but nobody at the dealership level has been able to explain why!!
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We love our new 2023 EX-L. The headlights must be really bright, or maybe misaligned? Quite often oncoming cars flash their brights at me, even though mine is on low beam. Anybody else having this issue? I like the brightness - quite an upgrade from our 2002 CR-V.
Yes. I have a 2023 Sport and have experienced this same issue. About a third of oncomming traffic will flash their lights even though I'm on low beam. I really like the bright light but it seems to me that the lights need to be "aimed" down a bit so to speak. The "cutoff" line at the top of the light field seems to be quite high. Haven't figured out yet what I should do other than explain to the dealer.
I got my 2023 HRV Sport and my headlights were aligned too high. Needed to lower them a little. You can tell your headlights are aimed correctly if you can drive parrell to a wall and the headlight's beam goes straight forward. If they point up at an upward angle, they need to be lowered.

With that said, these headlights are not the greatest. They appear bright when looking at them, but they do not offer the best amount of light coverage when driving. This HRV really needs a good set of fog lights.
yep, picked mine up last night.. I got flashed once near my home.. I disabled auto high beam before I left the dealer. Not a fan
I also agree, it needs fog lights... the lighted area is a bit narrow. needs close light "filler"
Hmmm, I was talking with friends on the parking lot about 10 feet in front of my 2023 HRV. My kids wanted to go inside the car so I unlocked the car with the remote so the lights flashed. It was too bright that my eyes had a reaction. Some of my friends reacted too. I never had this reaction with other cars and I tried to ignore it thinking the lights just happened to aim directly on my eyes. But now that you're talking about this....
Either they are doing a crappy job of aiming them or they are producing too much glare. NHTS has not tested them yet.
I get flashed at all the time. Maybe b/c the car sits up higher? I don't know but there's no way to fix that.
I get flashed at all the time. Maybe b/c the car sits up higher? I don't know but there's no way to fix that.
I would take it in to the dealer for a headlight check... They have instruments now to adjust the headlight to the proper settings...
We love our new 2023 EX-L. The headlights must be really bright, or maybe misaligned? Quite often oncoming cars flash their brights at me, even though mine is on low beam. Anybody else having this issue? I like the brightness - quite an upgrade from our 2002 CR-V.
Yes, people are constantly flashing me even though brights are not on. Lights are really hood and can see so well at night though. Someone mentioned to have dealer check the sim of lights, thats a good idea.
I think people are getting flashed for the glare.

I believe what is happening is due to 2 parts:
1-The headlights have two separate light areas that are pretty much on at all times and tricks people into thinking you have your HB on.
2-Headlights were incorrectly aimed too high from the manufacturer.

I didn't realize this until another new HRV drove passed me. Someone seeing the HRV coming at them with a headlight having 2 individually lit areas will probably assume that you have your brights on(especially when their lights are blinding you). My HRV headlights were pointed up ~8 degrees when measuring from the headlight to the lowest light point on a wall 20 feet away. THAT'S ILLEGAL! My headlights were adjusted and are now level. Headlights have a 2' or 4.5' light beam height acceptance(measured off the ground), and is dependent on vehicle type(low sedan has a lower height vs an HD Truck). Generally, the light beam of your car should not exceed the height of your headlight when measured off the ground. It was WAY off on my HRV, and I would venture to guess that maybe others are as well.

I just question how soon will there be a recall/TSB since issues like these are automatic grounds for recall let alone a TSBs?
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I believe what is happening is due to 2 parts:
1-The headlights have two separate light areas that are pretty much on at all times and tricks people into thinking you have your HB on.
2-Headlights were incorrectly aimed too high from the manufacturer.

I didn't realize this until another new HRV drove passed me. Someone seeing the HRV coming at them with a headlight having 2 individually lit areas will probably assume that you have your brights on(especially when their lights are blinding you). My HRV headlights were pointed up ~8 degrees when measuring from the headlight to the lowest light point on a wall 20 feet away. THAT'S ILLEGAL! My headlights were adjusted and are now level. Headlights have a 2' or 4.5' light beam height acceptance(measured off the ground), and is dependent on vehicle type(low sedan has a lower height vs an HD Truck). Generally, the light beam of your car should not exceed the height of your headlight when measured off the ground. It was WAY off on my HRV, and I would venture to guess that maybe others are as well.

I just question how soon will there be a recall/TSB since issues like these are automatic grounds for recall let alone a TSBs?
GM had one for theirs last year. When we got the 2022, first thing I did was check the aim and had to turn them down a bit. Seems like I had to do the same on the 2018 when we got it.

I believe the standard is to measure the height of the bulb from the ground. Then when aimed at a wall 20 feet away, the top cutoff of the light beam should be about 2-2.5 inches below the height of the bulb. For trucks it's a bit more, but I don't recall the measurement there offhand.
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