2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Serious Light With Signature Style
April 13, 2015
With the arrival of the 2015 Acura TLX, and the updated 2016 ILX sedan and 2016 RDX SUV, all Acura models now feature what the company calls "Jewel Eye" headlights. They're technically LED headlights surrounded by LED accent lights. The only remaining non-LED lights are the turn signals.
The high-tech setup gives the TLX, and the whole Acura lineup for that matter, a signature look at night. More importantly, the light pattern that the LEDs throw out is not only bright, but has great reach, both directly ahead and to the sides. I'm not sure it's a huge upgrade over the xenon headlights found on most luxury cars now, but there's no doubt that this TLX throws a strong beam of light on a dark road.
The high-beam lights are LEDs, too. They're actually the two innermost bulbs of the row while the low beams use the outside three. I haven't been on a truly pitch-dark highway in awhile, but in the few situations where I did use the high beams, they had excellent coverage. So although these Jewel Eye lights are definitely a styling statement, they do deliver some serious light, even when no one but the driver is around to see them.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,510 miles