Headlights are getting more and more attention from automakers these days. Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety even tested a a bunch of makes and models for the first time and testers walked away pretty unimpressed with their performance.
A big way automakers are upping the headlight game is with LEDs. (Audi also has a more advanced new laser headlight system, but it’s illegal on U.S. roads.)
Back to what is legal on our roads, Mazda says it’s now making LED headlights standard on the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9. It will offer LED tail lights, too. Mazda is quick to point out it’s the only midsize, three-row crossover in its class to get the LED treatment.
Mazda says its low- and high-beam LED lighting provides better visibility and a more even light distribution than previous-generation systems. Overall, CX-9’s headlights are about 35-percent brighter than a standard halogen unit and can throw light 10-percent farther than a comparable xenon HID unit. LEDs also run cooler than either halogen or xenon headlights, so they should last longer, too.
LED tail lights work in similar fashion. They light up quicker than traditional halogens in emergency situations, which Mazda says helps prevent rear-end crashes.
The interior of the Grand Touring and Signature models also get LEDs inside the cabin, too, on the overhead and accent lighting as well as the door and dashboard panels.
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is on sale now and starts at $31,520.