2018 Hyundai Kona Misses IIHS Award Due to 'Poor' Headlights

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Headlights continue to throw automakers for a loop when it comes to being named one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles. The 2018 Hyundai Kona earned a rating of “Good” (highest possible) in all of the IIHS' crash tests and a rating of “Superior” for its crash avoidance and mitigation equipment, but still failed to make the Top Safety Pick cut because of its headlights.

The IIHS found the Kona's headlights to be “Poor.” While projector headlights are standard on the SE and SEL trims, LED headlights with low beam assist are standard on higher trims. The institute tested the LED units and wasn't impressed with how they operated.

On straights, the IIHS found that the Kona's LED headlights provided a good amount of visibility. The headlights operated well in all four of the institute's cornering tests, as well. The issue with the low beams was that they created excessive glare. The high beams didn't adequately light the road on sharp right and left corners either.

The Kona's halogen headlights were inadequate when it came to illuminating straight roads. The low beams didn't exceed glare limits, while the halogen lights didn't adequately illuminate the road in all four of the institute's cornering tests.

Hyundai's latest crossover is funky in all of the good ways. Despite not being named as a Top Safety Pick or a Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS, it's still a good option in the segment.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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