Chevy Bolt Misses IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating Due To Poor Headlights

General Motors’ more affordable answer to cars such as the BMW i3, the Chevrolet Bolt, has recently been tested by the IIHS, where it nabbed a Top Safety Pick rating.

The ‘eco-friendly’ hatch has earned ‘Good’ ratings in all five crashworthiness tests such as the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.

However, despite its performance and the fact that it can be ordered with an optional front crash prevention system that earns a ‘Superior’ rating, the Chevrolet Bolt didn’t qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ rating due to its headlights, which were noted as being ‘Poor’ and said to produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers, despite providing fair to good visibility.

“To earn a Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and an available front crash prevention system with a superior or advanced rating. Vehicles that meet those criteria and also have good or acceptable headlights earn Top Safety Pick+”, the Institute explained.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt carries an MSRP of $37,495, before the government incentives in states like California, Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Utah, which drop its price to $29,995. The electric hatch is capable of a total driving range of up to 238 miles (383km), on a single charge, courtesy of a 60kWh li-ion battery.



  • TheBelltower

    The crashworthiness of cars today are simply amazing.

  • Kenneth

    Effective headlight systems (that don’t blind oncoming traffic) should, by now, be standard equipment for all cars. Avoiding a collision at night is certainly at least as important as crash worthiness (or are we expected to rely on Automatic Emergency Braking?).

    • Moveon Libtards

      Many cars don’t meet the new standard for headlights. Ever been blinded by a new BMW or Honda?

      Minor issue for the Bolt that will be fixed, but good to see such a small car gets the highest crash safety otherwise.

  • Moveon Libtards

    At least it’s selling. Unlike the fraud of the Tesla Model 3 which is years late and nowhere to be seen. Might have something to do with Tesla never making a profit and missing sales targets even though they live off American taxpayer handouts.

    GM will fix the headlights, a minor issue, and probably have a totally new model before we get another excuse why the Model 3 is still not out yet.

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