Kia’s newest crossover—and its smallest—aced crash-testing by the insurance industry-funded IIHS but poor headlight efficacy kept the small crossover from climbing the agency’s honor roll, safety officials announced Thursday.

The 2021 Kia Seltos earned top marks in all crash tests, including the notoriously difficult driver- and passenger-side small overlap crash that simulates the car striking a smaller object such as a light pole or tree. The small crossover also earned top “Good” scores for rollover, moderate front impact, and side impact crash safety.

Kia uses two automatic emergency braking systems in the Seltos and both were rated “Superior” at avoiding forward crashes with cars and pedestrians. The first system, which is standard on S, EX, and S Turbo trims uses radar only and avoided forward crashes with a vehicle at 12 and 25 mph. The same system significantly…

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