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    Consumer Reports Headlights rating 2/5 for 2016+ CX-9

    "In a rare move, Mazda made LED headlights standard on the CX-9. The lights are very bright, but only illuminate a modest distance, limiting a driverís ability to see and react to whatever is on the road ahead."
    Is this true? Your thoughts? Thx much for your inputs in advance.

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    Iíve got a 2016 cx9. Perhaps other LED headlights have better light throw and illumination, but Iíve never come an issue where I felt that the LED were preventing me from seeing objects on or near the road. Even on back roads where there is no lighting I never felt under-illuminated.

    But thatís just me. Others may have a different take.

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    Here's what they had to say about the Protege5 headlights back in 2002

    Quote Originally Posted by Consumer Reports
    We compared 31 cars and trucks with halogen lights and 10 with HIDs, measuring their ability to ligh the road ahead and along the sides as well as checking them for glare.

    Six out of 10 vehicles with HIDs and 9 out of 31 with halogens reached the 400-foot marker on our test course with low beams, compared with an average of 335 feet for all models tested.

    The farthest so far: the inexpensive, halogen-equipped MAZDA PROTEGE5 Its low beams illuminated our 600-foot marker without creating a glare problem.

    Both types of lights produce our worst performers. The HID equipped Audi TT's low beams lit only to our 200-foot marker, while the halogen-equippped Chrysler Sebring and Pontiac Grand Prix provided weak, nonuniform light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartgroup View Post
    "In a rare move, Mazda made LED headlights standard on the CX-9. The lights are very bright, but only illuminate a modest distance, limiting a driverís ability to see and react to whatever is on the road ahead."
    Is this true? Your thoughts? Thx much for your inputs in advance.
    Lines up with the IIHS study, which ranked it "Acceptable" for models effective Jan 2018 in order to get a top pick label. Seems like Mazda made a correction somewhere: https://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/ve...-door-suv/2018

    However, in my experience with a late 2017 Model, the performance has been good, especially when you consider the adaptive and auto dimming capabilities.

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    Never had an issue with the headlights on my '17 CX-9 Signature.
    Range is good, brightness is good and they follow curves well too.

    The fog lights are a joke though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartgroup View Post
    "In a rare move, Mazda made LED headlights standard on the CX-9. The lights are very bright, but only illuminate a modest distance, limiting a driver*s ability to see and react to whatever is on the road ahead."
    Is this true? Your thoughts? Thx much for your inputs in advance.
    I feel like that's not that much different from the HIDs on my '12.

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    I came out of a Honda Pilot with a set of aftermarket HID low beams and LED highs. Those lights were noticeably brighter, but their throw was far greater.

    Practically speaking, the lights on mine are more than adequate.

    But - they get a ton of points for turning with the car to illuminate where you are going instead of the side of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natey View Post
    Here's what they had to say about the Protege5 headlights back in 2002
    i had a 2002 Protege5 bought new. it had great headlights; with just the low beams i would get flashed from on-coming traffic occasionally.

    our 2011 CX-9 HID headlights are great.

    i have the optional LED headlights on my 2017 Ford Fusion, they look great cosmetically but functionally i feel they are just so-so.
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    LED headlights performed just fine for me on the highways and at night. Definitely not the absolute best out there, but I would say they perform just as good as the AFS-enabled HID projectors with aftermarket Philips bulbs on my old IS250.

    Semi-unrelated tidbit I just found in the Owner's Manual:

    "The LED bulb cannot be replaced as a single unit because it is an integrated unit.

    The LED bulb has to be replaced with the unit. We recommend an Authorized Mazda Dealer when the replacement is necessary."


    When I was under the hood, it looked like the headlight bulbs could be replaced just like a halogen/HID bulb could. Replacing an entire headlight assembly when just the bulb goes out is a little concerning to me. Seems like such a waste. I might have to pop the hood again and take a closer look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sm1ke View Post
    LED headlights performed just fine for me on the highways and at night. Definitely not the absolute best out there, but I would say they perform just as good as the AFS-enabled HID projectors with aftermarket Philips bulbs on my old IS250.

    Semi-unrelated tidbit I just found in the Owner's Manual:

    "The LED bulb cannot be replaced as a single unit because it is an integrated unit.

    The LED bulb has to be replaced with the unit. We recommend an Authorized Mazda Dealer when the replacement is necessary."


    When I was under the hood, it looked like the headlight bulbs could be replaced just like a halogen/HID bulb could. Replacing an entire headlight assembly when just the bulb goes out is a little concerning to me. Seems like such a waste. I might have to pop the hood again and take a closer look.
    Oh HELLL NO ! Manual wants you to replace the whole head unit if 1 bulb goes out ? w'red screwed

    Time to turn off Auto mode to preserve some life on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hnnnnnh123 View Post
    Oh HELLL NO ! Manual wants you to replace the whole head unit if 1 bulb goes out ? w'red screwed

    Time to turn off Auto mode to preserve some life on it.
    Screwed...? you mean like an old light bulb! That reminds me... did you hear the one about "How many certified Mazda technicians does it take to change one of these?"

    These LEDs are not "your Grandfather's" incandescent filaments... you can probably leave Auto Mode on.

    FTR - I don't know what the CR headlight fuss is all about; I really like my 2018's headlights, hi-beams, auto functions, and especially like the adaptive "split-eyeball" FOV.

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    Lights seem fine to me when used in conjunction with the driving/fog lights.

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    I*ve noticed that most models aren*t getting good ratings for headlights. It is a new test and the manufacturers will adjust over time to get good ratings. Look up XC90 or Q7 and you*ll notice the same.

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