2013 Lexus GS 350 Long Term Road Test


2013 Lexus GS 350: Headlights Look Good and Work Well

February 25, 2013

2013 Lexus GS 350

Headlights have become a fashion statement on most modern luxury cars. With each new model comes a new method of using its light signature to define the front end. They sure look distinctive, but they don't always make for great headlight performance.

Our GS doesn't suffer that fate, at least as far as I can tell. Yes, the headlights have a sleek, modern look even when they're not turned on, but when it comes to driving at night they throw a nice even swath of bright light that has few dull spots. Even without an adaptive system to turn the headlights into corners (it's one of the few options we didn't get), it's hard to overdrive the headlights.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 9,742 miles

Comments

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    My dear Camry has about 5 light bulbs in barrels to make the headlights look like some mishappen gattling gun. How the heck does the Lexus pull off one bulb+ turning lights? And what do those lens thingys do if they don't move into corners? I thought that was the hype about projecting lights. Sleek anyway, not the bulky mess of camrys gone by, (I think that either can be awesome though...)

  • seppoboy seppoboy Posts:

    Modern cars have much more regulatory leeway in headlight design than the bad old days of two designs of sealed beams required by law. That said, far too many newer cars have terrible headlights, with really poor low beam performance, and usually pretty bad high beams as well. Most Ford and Lincoln lights are substandard, and lots of imports have the same issues. It's an area that needs automaker attention for reasons other than styling

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @seppoboy: Yup, not only is performance (how well you can see with them) poor on many cars, but glare is a problem too. The regulations in the United States are for the most part outdated when it comes to automotive lighting. Add lackadaisical control and

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Adaptive lights are really worth it - it's the one thing that will both improve performance and reduce glare to oncoming drivers.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    It seems that Dan Edmunds is not so convinced. http://www.edmunds.com/lexus/gs-350/2013/long-term-road-test/2013-lexus-gs-350-nighttime-lift-off.html

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