Headlights have improved a lot in the past few years, according to a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The agency says more than half of the 165 model-year 2018 vehicles it’s tested offer headlights rated good or acceptable (out of good, acceptable, marginal or poor), up from just two out of 195 cars tested that earned those ratings in the 2016 model year. That’s the good news.
The bad news? Most automakers make you pay more to get those improved headlights by keeping them as extra-cost options, part of expensive options packages or only in higher trim levels.