It’s something that isn’t at the top of our list when seeking a new vehicle, but a prerequisite for safe night time driving: visibility. And visibility can only be as good as your headlights allow.
That’s why Consumer Reports says it started testing headlight brightness in 2004. 35 percent of fatalities involving a motor vehicle happen between 9pm and 6am meaning, with a little more light, you may be able to see what’s up ahead even better.
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade has taken top honors in this regard, as the luxury SUV has been awarded the publication’s very first “Excellent” rating in headlight brightness. The LED “crystal” lenses literally outshine anything else on the road, providing superior illumination at night. CR says the low-beams were able to light road signs as far as 400-feet ahead.
Though, as we’ve explored previously, that illumination can come at a price should the headlamp be damaged. Prepare to dish out $1,250 should something happen and a replacement is needed.
But, the fact of the matter is the 2015 Escalade has set a bit of a milestone with its LED lighting. Next time you feel an Escalade driver is blinding you, know it’s not on purpose, it’s just safety.