1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Do the headlights perform on 2017s?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Gulkana, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:16 PM
    #1
    Gulkana

    Gulkana [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2015
    Member:
    #158225
    Messages:
    10
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma Double Cab 4WD
    Hello,

    I'm looking at trading in my 2014 Tacoma for a 2017 model. One thing I've noticed on the 2014 is the headlights seem to be wanting. According to the IIHS the 2017 model headlights have a "Poor" rating.

    I'm wondering if anyone has experience using a lightbar to improve their vision over the stock headlights? I'm not looking to install aircraft landing lights or to light up vast fields of vision. I'm only looking at gaining some visual distance ahead of me without causing problems with glare for oncoming traffic.

    Thanks.

    -m
     
  2. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:19 PM
    #2
    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Retire from work, but not from life.

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2014
    Member:
    #140097
    Messages:
    14,043
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Billy
    Clearwater Florida
    Vehicle:
    '13 5 lug base AC w/convenience package
    A few OE parts from fancy trucks
    If you overdrive stock headlights on public roads you are speeding.

    Leave the auxillary stuff for the off road ventures.........
     
  3. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:22 PM
    #3
    Gulkana

    Gulkana [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2015
    Member:
    #158225
    Messages:
    10
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma Double Cab 4WD
    Thanks, but I'm not talking about over driving stock lights. It is possible that stock lights are inadequate. Which is certainly what IIHS thinks.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:25 PM
    #4
    the_dau

    the_dau Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2016
    Member:
    #192803
    Messages:
    1,110
    Gender:
    Male
    Vancouver BC
    Vehicle:
    2017 Inferno TRD OR DCSB
    put in a set of decent hid's and you'll be fine. they don't have a perfect cutoff like a retrofit would, but they do pretty well without blinding people
     
  5. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:26 PM
    #5
    Midknight

    Midknight Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2016
    Member:
    #196733
    Messages:
    1,853
    Gender:
    Male
    Western Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 TRD Off-Road
    Hi there,

    I drive a 2nd gen for work and have noticed similar poor performance with the stock lights. I would say the 3rd gens have better lighting in my experience with the two.
     
  6. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:29 PM
    #6
    Rackness

    Rackness Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2017
    Member:
    #217715
    Messages:
    1,061
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jason
    Maryland
    Vehicle:
    17' Tacoma
    Working on it.
    I cannot speak to the previous gen Tacoma headlights but I feel that the head lights in my 17 are great. I am coming from a Subaru wrx and the Tacoma headlights feel a decade newer brighter more effective. I drive many poorly lit back roads and I never feel my head lights are inadequate. When I use my fog light s in conjunction with my headlight I have excellent peripheral visibility as well. All of the negative things I hear about the new Tacoma makes me think my old Subaru didn't even belong on the road.
     
    JonnyG78, Heathhd009 and EagleUSMCRet like this.
  7. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:32 PM
    #7
    beertimecontinuum

    beertimecontinuum Peace among worlds!

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2013
    Member:
    #119461
    Messages:
    9,425
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Everett
    Ky,Earth,SolarSystem,MilkyWay,VirgoSupercluster
    Vehicle:
    10 Pyrite DCSB V16
    FoxShox, Dirt King Heims, Chevy63s, 2UZ-FE V8 Flowmaster 40, Demello Front/DYF Rear w/Swigouts, BAMF sliders, DYFAF
  8. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:39 PM
    #8
    RocTaco

    RocTaco Habitual line stepper

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2016
    Member:
    #202199
    Messages:
    1,487
    First Name:
    Pete
    Rochester NY
    Vehicle:
    2017 Tacoma SR 2.7L 5-spd 4x4
    http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/deskt...-headlight-ratings-show-most-need-improvement
    I know this is for cars, but it's still telling. Headlight testing is pretty new, just because a particular set doesn't score well doesn't mean they are "bad" headlights. It'll take a few years for manufacturers to design headlights to do well on the iihs test, but the poor rated ones on my tacoma are miles better than any of the other cars I've owned.
     
    Moonshine likes this.
  9. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:45 PM
    #9
    SWB Tacoma

    SWB Tacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2014
    Member:
    #122673
    Messages:
    729
    Gender:
    Male
    Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    2017 Tacoma Limited DC AT SB 4x4
    I had 2014 Tacoma they were good. The 2017 I have are just as good. I have seen headlights that have poor visibility an this is not them.
     
    EagleUSMCRet likes this.
  10. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:50 PM
    #10
    BlakeM

    BlakeM Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2017
    Member:
    #207016
    Messages:
    1,400
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Blake
    Gonzales, LA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Tacoma DCSB TRDOR MT 4WD OMG WTF LOL
    I think they're fine for probably 90% of the driving I do. Twice I've been out late at night in the middle of nowhere, pitch black and pouring rain, and I wished they were brighter.
     
  11. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:51 PM
    #11
    over60

    over60 Over70 & still a "Grumpy Old Guy"

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2010
    Member:
    #44995
    Messages:
    4,649
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    John
    Muskoka, Ontario
    Vehicle:
    2016 Inferno (Punkin) TRD 4X4 Sport DCLB w/upgrade & tech pkg..!!
    Toyota running boards/Solid Fold 2.0/custom stickers/Anti-Dark LED light under hood/Derped grill/Scoop, etc.
    I installed these and they are a lot better than OEM.... I'm Happy....

    Low beams... NOKYA Arctic White H11 55w Halogen Headlight Bulbs
    High beams... PIAA 19665 Xtra Xtreme White Plus 65W=120W H9 Bulb, Twin Pack
    Fog lights... Nokya Hyper Yellow H11 Car Headlight Bulb (S1) NOK7618.

    EDIT... I live B-F, northern Ontario (almost) and run at night....ie: pure dark...
    These bulbs that I've added are WAY better than OEM.... I see da moose now..!! Don't run into da moose or deer..!!

    Lights depend on where you live and your conditions...!!
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2017
    outlawtacoma likes this.
  12. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:58 PM
    #12
    9th

    9th are those biscuits I smell?

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2017
    Member:
    #214312
    Messages:
    670
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Smitty
    Tropic of Cancer
    Vehicle:
    2017 4x4 Tacoma
    My head lamps are fine. The bright lights are also good. IMO
     
    SRBRO5 likes this.
  13. Jun 18, 2017 at 6:34 PM
    #13
    TACOROSSO

    TACOROSSO Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2016
    Member:
    #203892
    Messages:
    114
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2017 SR 4x4 5spd
    The base spec halogens are certainly lacking... I wouldn't expect them to perform any better than your 2014 lamps. Let's put it this way: they work. They're probably about as good as any other halogen lamp from the past 15 years. I don't do a lot of rural driving, so they've mostly been fine for me.

    The consolation is that I know I'm not blinding the shit out of the people in front of me with obnoxious HIDs.

    I know the TRD spec lights are different, but I'm not sure if they actually throw more light or just look nicer with DRL LEDs on top of the same halogen projectors.
     
  14. Jun 18, 2017 at 6:35 PM
    #14
    MESO

    MESO Major Modder Vendor

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2015
    Member:
    #148809
    Messages:
    13,422
    Gender:
    Male
    State of Jefferson
    Vehicle:
    2016 DCLB TRD OR QS
    They suck. Better than 2nd gens... but still a lot to be desired
     
  15. Jun 18, 2017 at 6:48 PM
    #15
    Lawfarin

    Lawfarin Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2015
    Member:
    #167659
    Messages:
    5,532
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Larry
    NY
    Vehicle:
    2017 Tacoma OR DCSB 4x4
    People probably rate them "poor" because they aren't used to projector bulbs. Although projectors are best suited for HID, these lights aren't that bad. Some people just don't like the cutoff created by them. That's why they were designed. To project the light and cut off to not blind on coming traffic. If your not happy with them I recommend getting some better bulbs. Maybe sylvania silver stars? Or if your really unhappy I'd go with a HID kit or LED kit. Led kit is gonna have less problems and last longer but won't have as much light output.
     
    hakabotaco likes this.
  16. Jun 18, 2017 at 7:23 PM
    #16
    SearArtist

    SearArtist It's wet, slick, and ready to go.

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2016
    Member:
    #174151
    Messages:
    5,941
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Lincolnton, NC
    Vehicle:
    @The Schwartz non-jew mini me.
    A little of this and a little of that.
    They were OK, then I retrofitted some real HIDs and Morimoto fogs and see great now! Bi-xenon + factory highs REALLY light up the dark country roads when its pitch black.
     
  17. Jun 18, 2017 at 8:03 PM
    #17
    J.M Taco

    J.M Taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2017
    Member:
    #210428
    Messages:
    377
    Gender:
    Male
    Central California
    Vehicle:
    '17 Tacoma Quicksand DCSB TRD OR 4x4
    We have a '13 at work. For a reflector bowl style lamp they do ok. However I do turn on the fogs every time, to get more light on road.
    The '17 with the projector style lens is a noticeable improvement. More so when you put a quality HID kit in there, though they're intended for halogen.
     
  18. Jun 18, 2017 at 8:05 PM
    #18
    AustinNative

    AustinNative Swollen Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Member:
    #157238
    Messages:
    1,110
    Austin, TX
    Vehicle:
    2017 MGM TRD Sport DCSB Prem+Tech
    Maxtrac spindles (MGM Color Matched) OME 885s Bilstein 5100s all around (adjustable front/extended length rears) Maxtrac rear blocks 1/4" Headstrong Taco lean spacer OME CBD SS brake lines InsainFab CMC 18x12 Fuel Hostage 35x12.50 Federal M/Ts 1.25" Spidertrax spacers in the rear Llumar Ceramic Tint (5% Rears & Back / 18% Fronts / 50% Windshield) Toyota OEM Tri-Fold bed cover and OEM bed mat Full Set Triple Black Clazzios Full set WeatherTech laser fit or whatever the fuck they call em Super sweet center console square pocket spare change holder More to come...
    Had a 13 and now a 17. I don't notice any diff on the headlights other than the cut off. They work for me. Plan on going HID eventually.
     
  19. Jun 18, 2017 at 8:15 PM
    #19
    hiPSI

    hiPSI Laminar Flow

    Joined:
    May 21, 2017
    Member:
    #219544
    Messages:
    5,044
    Gender:
    Male
    Appalachians
    Vehicle:
    2019 Toyota Tundra 4WD Crew Cab 5.7L Limited with TRD Off Road Package and Cement
    They are fine. I drive at night, I go the speed limit, I see, I get to my destination. They work.
     
    TheCookieMonster and Lawfarin like this.
  20. Jun 18, 2017 at 8:17 PM
    #20
    MESO

    MESO Major Modder Vendor

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2015
    Member:
    #148809
    Messages:
    13,422
    Gender:
    Male
    State of Jefferson
    Vehicle:
    2016 DCLB TRD OR QS
    But wouldn't it be grand if you could see BETTER?
     
    gulzeb likes this.

Products Discussed in

To Top