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Do headlights come on automatically at dusk or does driver have to manually turn on headlights?[/QUOTE

Im not 100% sure but I would be surprised if they werent auto lights.

Another question regarding lights for the group...Has anyone found a manufacturer that makes tail light covers? Im waiting for my white limited and it would look great with some blacked out tail lights.
 

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Do headlights come on automatically at dusk or does driver have to manually turn on headlights?[/QUOTE

I have the limited. You can set you head lights to auto. When you do that fog lights will turn on with the headlights. Also brights will turn on automatically if the lever has them on.

When in Auto you can have them turn on with the wiper. There is also an option for how sensitive you want the light sensor.
 

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My Touring model has the Steering Responsive Headlight. All I can say is, WOW!!" This is something out of a science fiction movie. The eyeball headlights move where you are going.



The beam turns in the direction of your turn. It is great. The headlights are bright and have a sharp cutoff on LOW beam that usually does not hit oncoming traffic in the eye. On HIGH beam, the beam is higher and with both LOW and HIGH, the beam splashes way onto both sides of the road. The beam is a pure white color (not blue) and... did I say, bright?


This is one giant leap in lighting technology. Bravo!


PS The lights do dim when oncoming traffic is coming. The Eyesight system sees if there is a car in front of you or oncoming. There is a way to make it even more sensitive if necessary to decrease the amount of time you are on HIGH mode. I've had American cars from the '60s and'70s with autodimming headlights and Subaru's system is MUCH more responsive and accurate.
 

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Limited has the headlights that turn with wheel as well, it's pretty sweet. The auto-high beam works well, they automatically turn back to low on any turns. This is my first vehicle with LED/HID lights and everything at night looks so much nicer now.
 

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It will be a major change for us who are coming from 2000's era vehicles that didn't have a lot of tech. The Ascent will be the nicest thing I've ever purchased. The SRH will be one **** of an adjustment. I leave my lights on Auto on the Jeep all the time and most of the time it's adequate.

I will probably find a way to upgrade the turn signal bulbs to LED's for looks and longevity.
 
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It will be a major change for us who are coming from 2000's era vehicles that didn't have a lot of tech. The Ascent will be the nicest thing I've ever purchased. The SRH will be one **** of an adjustment. I leave my lights on Auto on the Jeep all the time and most of the time it's adequate.

I will probably find a way to upgrade the turn signal bulbs to LED's for looks and longevity.
I second this...I will be moving from a 2001 Outback with 240K to a blue Touring! So excited about all the tech!!
 
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I second this...I will be moving from a 2001 Outback with 240K to a blue Touring! So excited about all the tech!!

I hope when I get the Ascent that they give me a good run down of what to expect and all that being a first time Subaru owner, and one with all this new Eyesight stuff!
 

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Yes, I love responsive headlight too!

In all honesty however this leap was made a long time ago. BMW had responsive headlight all way in 2012 (Redesigned 2012 BMW 3-series revealed | Autoweek). It just took good 7 years for technology to move from to mass produced car segment from luxury segment.

My '08 Cadillac CTS had this feature too. It was one of the things I really loved about it. Very happy to have it on my Limited also.
 

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I have a premium I just turn to Auto and forget it. It's smart enough to do what is need to.
Does drl, lights on in garage and tunnel, lights on at dusk etc.

My Chevy Silverado had that also. I never touch that lever ever again.
 

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I hope when I get the Ascent that they give me a good run down of what to expect and all that being a first time Subaru owner, and one with all this new Eyesight stuff!
Don't worry, they will! They'll go over all of the features of the car before you leave the dealership! Welcome to the family! :tango_face_wink::grin:
 

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What happens with the Auto setting when one is driving through a dark forested area where the deep shade is separated by constant but random sunlight shafts? Does the Auto setting default to "On" in that situation?
 

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I recently drove thru the redwoods, headlights did not come on. Midday and sunny, but driving in dark shade, 300'+ tall trees, intermittent/rare sunlight peeping thru. You can see on your dash when the headlights are on and mine never came on. The only time I have changed the setting from auto was when I was parked at a fast food restaurant where carhops are summoned via headlights. They have always worked just like I wanted them to. (Used them on my '15 Outback prior to Ascent). Running light should be on if headlights aren't.
 
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Headlights won't come on if you're driving through a spotted forest. It has to be long enough to trigger the sensor. In cases like that, if you really need headlights just turn it on. Unless if it's dusk. But your drl should be on.
 

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Janner and Ey31, you both say "your drl should be on". Could you clarify whether you mean that in the Ascent the driver should electively turn on the drl or that the car itself should have drl on because they're programmed to always be on?

I'd hoped that the newest Subarus would have "drl always on" not just available to be turned on.

Because I live in a heavily forested area I'm firmly in the camp of using full headlights day and night as a visibility / safety measure so it's a bit of a moot point for me personally, but a distinction of interest nonetheless.
 
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