These Are Your Favorite Taillights

Mazda Miata
Mazda Miata
Image: Mazda

Taillights are an important part of vehicle design. Our own Jason Torchinsky might say, the most important. Done right, they can almost bring the whole vehicle together. Done poorly, they can be terrible and distracting and ruin an otherwise Good Car. One of my favorite taillight designs is the current-gen of the MX-5 Miata. It just brings the car together and almost resembles an afterburner.

We asked readers what they thought their favorite taillight designs were. Here were their answers.

Welcome back to Answers of the Day, our daily Jalopnik feature where we take the best 10 responses from the previous Question of the Day and shine it up to show off. It’s by you and for you, Jalopnik readers. Enjoy!

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Just a regular boring car with epic taillights.

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BMW Z8

BMW Z8

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BMW Z8, very retro and sleek. (First LED taillight?)

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Bugatti Divo

Bugatti Divo

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Going against the “simple” theme, Bugatti Divo. I think I just love tail lights that look like they’d be an absolute pain in the ass to fix.

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Lincoln Mark VIII

Lincoln Mark VIII

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Mazda Furai

Mazda Furai

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R.I.P.

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BMW M4 GTS

BMW M4 GTS

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M4 GTS OLED’s are tight!

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Any Finned Taillights

Any Finned Taillights

1959 Cadillac Eldorado
1959 Cadillac Eldorado
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Chrysler MEFourTwelve

Chrysler MEFourTwelve

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Ford GT

Ford GT

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I really like the lights on the newer Ford GT. While they may look a bit simple compared to some of the other ones mentioned in the comments, the inner engineering nerd in me loves that they are functional not just as tail/brake lights but also to help with removing heat from the engine bay. If you look at the mesh in the center, you can see that it is designed as a way of allowing heat to exit from the rear of the car and I am sure it is also used for aerodynamic purposes to reduce lift in the rear.

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Pre-2022 Kia Stingers

Pre-2022 Kia Stingers

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Suggested by: Angie Muzeni-Corino (Facebook)

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Lancia Thesis

Lancia Thesis

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Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime

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Suggested by: @Hawthe (Twitter)

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2006-2014 Audi TT RS

2006-2014 Audi TT RS

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Spyker B6 Venator Concept

Spyker B6 Venator Concept

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Best taillight will always be the Spyker B6 Venator.

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