There’s something about a new car with its headlights shining in the morning air that just gets me. The intrepid outline of the vehicle cuts through the fog, announcing itself before it even arrives. 

As the model years roll on, exterior design is becoming increasingly striking. Aerodynamic edges pair with sharp carvings for a flavor that’s too hot to ignore. Here are seven new cars with showy headlights and more niceties that are sure to whet your whistle.

1. Honda Passport

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As you can tell by the name, the Honda Passport is an adventuremobile. AWD and a range of Honda Sensing features pack it good and ready. 

Newer models come with LED fog lights and a gloss-black grille, both of which really highlight one another. All variants come with auto on/off headlights, too. Dual exhaust finishers around back and a 165-pound-ready roof rail system on top do this model justice. Even the most modest trim comes with a V6 engine, which is pretty gnarly if you ask me.

2. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

White Hyundai Sonata Hybrid new car

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid model is en route to the roads, and it looks good. Two miles a day powered by the sun? Yes, please!

Fastback styling oozes into the headlight design for a really clever finish. A spoiler helps to redefine what it means to be a hybrid. Past models have come with projector and LED headlights as standard, as well as a chrome front grille. LED daytime running lights and auto on/off only complement the scenario. Personally, I can’t wait to see what the new release has in store.

3. Acura ILX

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The new Acura ILX is clean and crisp, but that should come as no surprise — it is a luxury make, after all. Because of the sculpted hood, the headlights look even more confrontational. 

A little something called Jewel Eye LED headlights include a total of seven projectors (four of them are normal lighting and three are high beams). The A-Spec package is especially impressive, bringing 18-inch wheels and specially trimmed seats along for the ride.

4. Ford Fusion

Okay, maybe I’m a little biased on this one. I actually own a 2017 Ford Fusion in this exact color, and its headlights shining in the night when I unlocked the car was one of the first things I noticed about it.

Despite the fact that Ford has shifted to SUV, crossover, and truck manufacturing (excluding the Mustang, of course), they still put out a Fusion for the 2020 model year. That’s because this sedan rocks. A five-bar grille sits boldly between the headlights, and an available moonroof brings the light inside.

5. Jeep Gladiator

orange Jeep Gladiator pickup truck in showroom

The big dawg of the off-road world has gone pickup. The Gladiator was even named the 2020 North American Truck of the Year, something the Chevys of the world probably weren’t too happy about.

LED exterior lighting highlights wheels up to 18 inches in diameter, body-colored fender flares and either a soft or hard top. Lots of clearance and capability make this thing act as tough as it looks, and a steel box gives way for your favorite offroading toys.

6. Nissan Altima

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A reliable model that’s been around the block, the Nissan Altima is doing its part to appeal to the exterior lovers among us. 

This sedan features intelligent automatic halogen headlights with the option for LED depending on which trim you choose. LED fog lights come with higher trims, but all come with a stunning chrome v-shaped grille. Even the mirrors are heated with LED turn signal indicators for some added awareness on the road. A modern safety system — Nissan Safety Shield 360 — brings this sedan full circle.

7. VW Golf

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Because of its cool hatchback shape, I’m a big fan of the VW Golf (and the Golf GTI, but let’s stick with the former for now).

From the front, LED daytime running lights are the star of the show. Heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals and LED taillights really round this compact bad boy out. Oh, and a tilting panoramic sunroof doesn’t hurt, either.

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A vehicle is more than just its appearance, but that doesn’t make the first impression any less weighted. Hot headlights and a striking exterior all contribute to that swoon-worthy appeal of a new car, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Rachel Curry
"Hey! My name's Rachel Curry and I'm a full-time writer who loves telling the world's stories as much as hanging with my dogs (and that's saying a lot). A University of Delaware graduate, I've traveled extensively, living everywhere from Ireland to Thailand. Bylines include Matador Network and Delaware Today."

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    1. This article makes me happy, thank you, Rachel!

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