2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test


2014 Acura MDX: Fog Lights Are an Accessory

January 29, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

When I was driving home the other evening, Santa Monica and my entire commute to the South Bay were socked in with fog. It's hard to take a picture of fog. These photos don't really show it.

I had the headlights set to Auto and was wondering if the 2014 Acura MDX would automatically put on fog lights. But then I realized it doesn't have any fog lights. Not that I really needed them. But I wanted to know for sure.

2014 Acura MDX

According to the Acura Web site, LED fog lights are an accessory and run about $542, not including installation. Modern cars with super special headlights like Acura's LED Jewel Eye headlights render old-timer features like fog lights inessential. But manufacturers continue to offer them as accessories in case people want them.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

Comments

  • se_riously se_riously Posts:

    Hi Donna. This is your 2nd post on the MDX headlights. Any possibility of taking a photo on a dark, open road or against a wall so we can see the beam pattern and cutoff?

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Fog lights are probably THE most misunderstood item of all time. Conditions necessitating fog lights are extremely rare, and would require you to slow to speeds of about 10 mph with the fog lights on, helping you see the lane markings right in front of you as you creep to the nearest safe place to stop. Contrary to popular belief, they don't magically pierce through the rain droplets letting you maintain your normal speed. Worse, having them on when not needed just gives you a pool of light right in front of the car. This won't help you see any further, even though that pool of lights gives you a nice warm feeling, and will actually make your pupils contract, worsening your vision of things beyond your headlight beams. Lastly, everyone who drives around with them on is just producing more glare for all of us. All of the above relates to real, good fog lights by the way, not the cosmetic pieces-of-plastic-with-a-bulb-in-it fog lights that come on over 90% percent of vehicles today. Those are just to tell others that you spent money on a higher trim package, and to increase revenue for the manufacturer.

  • tlangness tlangness Posts:

    @se_riously - I plan on doing this once I get a hold of the MDX, same location and conditions I did it with the ATS.

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