Xenon Headlight Output - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Xenon Headlight Output

January 24, 2014

2013 Cadillac ATS

Last summer, I took a road trip in our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS and commented on the clear output from the xenon headlights. We got our ATS in the Premium trim level, so these headlights are standard. This is what the light output looks like in a dark garage.

The light output is strong, with a clear cutoff at the top of the beam. Along a dark country road the headlights cast a wide beam and they're aimed low enough that they don't seem to blind oncoming drivers. If I were purchasing an ATS, this is a feature I'd require.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 21,300 miles


  • 09gt_ 09gt_ Posts:

    I had a 2010 CTS wagon with halogen projector bulbs, which I traded for a 3 row 2009 SRX when our family expanded. The SRX has xenon, but they both had equally sharp cutoff and wide light pattern (the only difference being the color of the light). My 09 Mustang, with reflector type xenons (factory - not aftermarket), does not have a very clear/sharp pattern. So I think the projector lenses are the key to a good headlight pattern, not the light source.

  • Why are xenon headlights optional on any Cadillac? They should be standard equipment across the lineup. Make the adaptive feature optional.

  • 09gt_ 09gt_ Posts:

    @allthingshonda - like xenons are optional on BMWs, MBs, Lexi ....? I think Acura is the only "luxury" maker with xenons standard - I'm not sure about the ILX though.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Something about that photo--nice composition, with the dash lights and the polished rimes and the dark/light contrast.

  • hank39 hank39 Posts:

    Yay and kudos for taking a beam output pic against a wall. This should be done with all cars in your fleet!

  • +1 hank39. I really want to see how their MDX's highly advertised jewel eye LED headlights perform.

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