2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX: Jewel Eye LED Headlight Output

February 26, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

Here's what the light output looks like from the Jewel Eye LED headlights on our long-term 2014 Acura MDX. For comparison, I previously took a similar photo of our long-term Cadillac ATS's headlight output in the same dark garage.

At 25 feet away, the light output from the MDX looks stronger to me, but the light is not spread as widely across the ground. Like the Caddy, the MDX's output has a clear cutoff at the top of the beam, even though it is aimed a bit higher.

On a dark rural road, the Acura's headlights don't cast a wide beam, but drivers in oncoming traffic likely consider that a plus. Although it's not exactly a fair comparison, I prefer the Cadillac's adaptive headlights as they allow for a bit more vision around a corner.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 6,162 miles

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By zimtheinvader
on 02/26/14
11:27 AM PST

as long as the wide part of the beam is low then it isn't a problem. Too often though people decide the hard-cutoff means their lights are aimed too low and raise them up to where it reduces the other drivers ability to see. And don't even get me started on the tools that 'convert' their regular headlights to HID and in the process turn them into floodlights.

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