The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced the results of its latest crash tests for the 2018 Hyundai Kona. Hyundai’s new small crossover performed well in five of the crashworthiness tests, but missed out on the coveted Top Safety Pick rating, due to poor headlights.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona earned the top good ratings in the driver-side small overlap, moderate overlap, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. The Kona hasn’t been evaluated for passenger-side small overlap protection. The Kona is also available with a front crash prevention system that earned a superior rating, since a Kona equipped with the system avoided crashes in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph.
Sadly the Kona did not receive the highest safety rating from the IIHS, since both its halogen and available LED headlights were rated as poor. According to the IIHS, the base halogen lights provide inadequate visibility, while the optional LED headlights produce excessive glare for drivers of oncoming vehicles.