You wouldn't think that new headlights would amount to a great deal in terms of vehicle safety, but they were apparently enough to net the Hyundai Kona a good overal safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The American organization gave the Hyundai its Top Safety Pick+ award, citing its good ratings across five crashworthiness evaluations. It also garnered a superior score on the optional front crash prevention system, in which it managed to avoid collisions at 12mph (19kph) and 25mph (40kph) track tests. You can check out videos of how the Kona performed on the moderate overlap, side, and driver-side small overlap crash tests below.
These tests were done on the 2018 models from the US market. The biggest change from the previous year's iteration were the new LED projector headlights designed to limit glare for oncoming cars. This new feature, which is available on the Limited and Ultimate variants, earned good marks from the IIHS, and ultimately qualified the Kona for the Top Safety Pick+ honor. The lights on the prior model, as well as the halogen ones on the base trim, earned a poor rating due to "inadequate visibility."
So the next time you think that spending more for better lights isn't worth the money, you may want to reconsider.