It’s amazing just how much small details can impact how you feel about a car. One detail that we’ve found can make a big difference are lights, specifically taillights. The taillights on a car are an important part of its identity. Just think about driving at night. Without being able to see the red glow of the car’s taillights in front of you, not only would you likely get into an accident, but you’d have little chance of telling what the thing is.

We’re a little odd, so we pride ourselves on being able to tell what a vehicle is based solely on its taillights. While you might not pay that much attention, we’re sure you notice cars with unique taillight designs. The following list of cars is of models with the very best taillights in the business.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

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If there’s one car that can be described as elegant, it’s the Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe. It looks like a beautiful woman in a classy form-fitting dress ready for a night at the ball. The taillights are a pair of long wraparound LED housings with two horizontal bars of lights within the housing. They’re the two finishing touches to this feast of the eyes.

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Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar F-Type taillights blend a classic round design with a modern, thin wraparound LED into one cohesive and attractive unit. Without the round portion of the taillight, the small line of the lights would be lacking any serious eye-catching feature. The interesting thing about the small circular portion is that it's not a full circle as the top part is cut off as not to disrupt the rest of the taillight design. It makes for a stunning appearance. 

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Ford GT

Ford GT

Ford’s GT is the modern interpretation of its legendary GT40 and the taillights do exactly what you’d hope they do. They keep the iconic round shape that harkens back to the old car, but use updated lighting technology, keeping the design of the taillights clean and clear. They pair nicely with the central dual exhaust system on the car. 

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Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

Few cars have as easily recognizable taillights as the Nissan GT-R. Godzilla’s taillights harken back to some of the first serious Nissans out there. The twin circle lights to either side of the car—one bigger than the other—has become a legendary lighting arrangement for the Nissan brand and anyone who sees them knows they're up against a fast car.   

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Dodge Challenger

Dodge challenger taillights

Another pair of well-known taillights are the ones found on the retro-inspired Dodge Challenger. The two long ellipsoid shapes set into the car’s rear above the bumper are easy to spot, and there aren’t many other taillights out there like it. It's a throwback to the days of the horsepower wars when muscle cars were the undisputed kings of the road. 

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Ford Mustang

ford mustang taillights

The Ford Mustang’s vertical three-bar taillights have been around since the car’s very beginning. They’ve gone through some changes over the years, and after a hiatus from the model, they were brought back to great fanfare. Ford even made the turn signal aspect of the taillight sequential, harkening back to the old the old Mercury Cougars and Ford Thunderbirds of the late 1960s.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

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The first Mazda MX-5 Miata was known for its round, flip-up headlights, but the new car will likely be known for its interesting little taillights. They’re somewhat similar to the Jaguar F-Types in concept because they utilize both a circle and a longer line portion of the lighting housing. However, they are constructed differently and the round portion of the line is separated more from the rest of the taillight, making the Miata’s light all its own.

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Honda Civic Coupe

Civic Coupe

The entire Honda Civic line has interesting C-shaped taillights. The sedan and the hatchback have some seriously good-looking taillights, but the best of the bunch are the lights on the coupe. The Civic coupe sports the well-known C-shape as well as a long light bar that spans the distance between the two C’s, creating one large unique shape at night.

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Lexus LC 500

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The most interesting parts of the Lexus LC 500’s taillights, are the two parts of the housing that split off from the main portion of the taillight. These two sections have their own lighting functions but provide a very interesting styling element to the car. The tapered rectangular shape of the main portion of the taillight features a layered LED lighting structure inside, making for a complex but attractive styling element.

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Infiniti Q60

Infiniti Q60s

The Infiniti Q60 is a car full of curvy lines and it’s a few sharp points. The car’s taillights are no exception to the overall style of the car. The LEDs in the taillights outline swooping lines and a point that almost makes an arrow straight toward the Infiniti badge in the center of the end of the trunk lid. They’re sporty lights that are also elegantly crafted, just like the rest of the car.

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