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Overall effectiveness of the 2017 Headlights

  • Wonder illumination, I can see for miles

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  • Great headlights, more than sufficient illumination pattern

    Votes: 11 52.4%
  • Below Average illumination, lacking in depth

    Votes: 7 33.3%
  • I have my High Beams on ALL THE TIME!

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We are currently considering a 2017 Armada SL, and during a test drive down a dark road, we felt as if the illumination was lacking. The lights we extremely bright directly in front of the vehicle, but lacked projecting the upcoming curve in the road, or other objects (road markers and signage), until we were relatively close (I will appoximate ~10 vehicle lenghts). This was corrected when I put the brights on, however one cannot always drive with their high beams on. Furthermore, I felt as if I drove above 40mph I was out driving my lights. What is everyone's experience with the LED headlights on the 2017 Armada?

We currently drive a 2015 Acura MDX with LED lights, and followed the same test drive route, and there was a marked difference in the illumination pattern, specifically how far down the road I was able to see. Since the IIHS hasn't rated the Armada, I am unable to see how they rate the headlight performance, as well as the illumination pattern.

Before commiting to buy a vehicle, we obviously need to determine if this issue is with all Armada's or maybe just the vehicle we test drove.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback. Lastly if there was one major "CON" with the 2017 Armada, please list that as well (besides the dated Entertainment/NAV system).
 

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With hi beams on, vision is awesome. Without, they are lacking compared to my other cars. I think the low beams need to be adjusted up from what comes factory setting wise. They are plenty bright. I think they are aimed too low and the cutoff is so sharp, it reduces the distance too much. I plan on trying that.
 

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Perhaps the headlights were adjusted downward. There is a dial on the dash, lower left, that allows you to adjust the angle of the headlights downward. It is intended to be used when towing. If the headlights are angled all the way down (and you don't have a heavy weight on the back) you may not be getting illumination at sign height. For normal driving, you want it all the way up.

BTW, on the infotainment system, maybe I am just old-school, but I love the fact that most functions have plain old buttons. I can't stand vehicles that require things to be done via the screen. In fact, I rarely use the screen for anything.
 

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Low beams are awesome on mine. Just need to check the adjustment dial on the dash to make sure they're pointing all the way up.


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Low beams are awesome on mine. Just need to check the adjustment dial on the dash to make sure they're pointing all the way up.


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Same with our SL - low beams are really bright IMO. I would test drive again and double check the adjustment is set correctly.
 

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Thank you everyone for your feedback. I'm kind of surprised that the sales associate did not metion the dial adjustment, as both I am my wife complained about difficulty seeing down the road. Will have to see about getting back to the dealership when its dark out to test out the low beams again.
 

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Yes the dial adjustment on the bottom left will make a substantial difference to the projection. Crank it upward and you will see a drastic change. I usually leave it down for city driving
 

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I have a 2018 Armada SL and the lights are VERY bad compared to the prior model that we had.

The dial is ALL the way up. There is a super sharp cutoff line about 50' out. Brights are great.

The reverse lights are so dim that at night, the camera is almost useless. What is the point in surround view if you cannot see stuff a night while backing up. Would not be difficult to emit brighter light while in reverse.

We bought the 2010 Armada new and loved it. It was great until someone his us and totaled it. The 2018 looks nights, but it feels like a lot of practical features are missing that were part of the older model.
 

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According to my dealer this is a common complaint from newer Armada customers. Some are adjusted correctly from the factory and others are horrible. They adjusted mine today. It only takes a few minutes.
 

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Don't be surprised if you teach your salesperson something new.
Very true, I think I told the kid (salesperson) about 3 things that he didn’t know about the Armada that I was test driving. When I asked him what was in the box in the trunk he had no clue. It was the tent, it was double boxed with no writing on it. In his defense it was at an Acura dealer and you can’t know everything about every car but I have noticed that a lot of sales people are not car enthusiasts and really don’t know a lot about what they are selling.
 

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Thanks for sharing this. We did end up purchasing the Armada, we’ve had for just over 2 years & 30k miles now. The initial vehicle we test drove did have the headlights aimed all the way down. I can say, we do not have any issues or concerns with the headlights now.
 

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Yea mine is pretty low, I’ll drop in on the Nissan place next week. I am a fairly DIY type I found the gear but I don’t see an adjustment screw looks like it’s a 10mm on the end of the drive gear but no way to access.
 

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Yea mine is pretty low, I’ll drop in on the Nissan place next week. I am a fairly DIY type I found the gear but I don’t see an adjustment screw looks like it’s a 10mm on the end of the drive gear but no way to access.
The adjustment is done with a Phillips screwdriver from the top. There is a hole in the supports that allows you to slide a screw driver down to the adjustment mechanism. You will need a Phillips with about a 10" or 12" shaft. It's real easy. Mine pointed 4" low from the factory and they were horrible. Adjusted properly they are fine.

FYI - from the Electronic Service manual
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Thanks Jim,
That is perfect, its not a screw you turn its engages the hub with teeth back there. I was looking more for a screwhead. Now to find a foot long phillips head.


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