Daytime Running Lights - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Daytime Running Lights

April 17, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

The headlights, fog lights and grill design are all slightly different between our 2013 Subaru BRZ and our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S.

The LED strips above the BRZ's fog lights act as daytime running lights and are part of its more refined look. They're a nice touch, but I've never seen them on.

After trying a half dozen headlight switch combinations, getting in and out of the car to see if the DRLs were on, I consulted the owner's manual. I found the BRZ's secret: Once the parking brake is engaged, the DRLs turn off. If we had an automatic transmission, the lights would turn off when Park is engaged.

Why create a feature that the owner can only enjoy if he drives by a building made of mirrors or passes another BRZ on the road? I'd like control of the lights, please, Subaru.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 13,490 miles

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