Once again, IIHS is testing headlights and finding most aren’t cutting the mustard. This time pickups were tried out, and the results might surprise you.
Receiving a “poor” rating were the Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado. It’s worth nothing IIHS said the F-150 was at the bottom of the barrel, even with optional LED headlights.
Out of midsize pickups, only the Honda Ridgeline received a “good” rating. The Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon all got “poor.” The difference was the Ridgeline’s headlights were able to illuminate up to 358 in front of the truck, while the Colorado achieved a crappy 123 feet.
For now, if you want to see at night and need a pickup, the Ridgeline is your best bet.
Quite a few cars and SUVs subjected to the IIHS headlights test failed miserably as well. If you think it’s hard to see in front of your vehicle on dark roads at night, that’s probably why.
Starting next year, a vehicle will have to get a “good” or “acceptable” rating on the headlights test to even be considered for the Top Safety Pick+ award.