2018 Hyundai Kona misses out on IIHS Top Safety Pick

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There are many things good about the

2018 Hyundai Kona

subcompact

crossover

SUV. The

turbo engine gives it some real get-up-and-go

, it handles surprisingly well, and it

has a pleasant interior

. But apparently it has a feature that’s actually not good: the headlights. And they were bad enough that they kept the small crossover from getting the

IIHS

Top Safety Pick rating.

IIHS gave both the standard halogen headlights and the optional LED headlights a “Poor” rating

in the organization’s testing, the lowest possible score. The standard lights didn’t provide enough illumination, and both sets of lights produced too much glare for oncoming drivers. Headlights have been a weak point for many

new vehicles

despite having

crash test

scores that would otherwise merit a Top Safety Pick rating.

The

Kona

is no exception in this regard, as it received a “Good” rating, the highest possible score, in all of

its crash tests

. Also, when equipped with optional forward collision prevention technology, it got the highest rating for crash prevention. This means it was able to stop the car before colliding with an object at speeds up to 25 mph. As such, we would say a Kona is still a good choice as a fun-to-drive, stylish crossover — if you can tolerate the headlights.

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