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Toyota C-HR misses Top Safety Pick over 'poor' headlights

by Justin King

The compact crossover earned \'good\' ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests.

Toyota's new C-HR has missed out on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick awards.

The compact crossover earned 'good' ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests and a 'superior' mark for front crash prevention.

The only thing holding the C-HR back from the TSP awards is its headlights, which earned a 'poor' rating.

"The C-HR's halogen headlights fall short, providing inadequate visibility on curves but also producing excessive glare from the low beams," the IIHS says. "The SUV's standard high-beam assist, which automatically switches between high beams and low beams depending on the presence of other vehicles, doesn't help much, as the high beams provide little additional visibility over the low beams."

With 'acceptable' headlights, the C-HR would qualify for a Top Safety Pick award. If Toyota introduces 'good' headlights, it would join the Top Safety Pick Plus club.