Why hide the headlights?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Nov 01, 1990

Dear Tom and Ray:

I have never seen a man or woman put a band-aid over a diamond ring. Yet every year, some cars come out with their headlights covered. Why hide them?

TOM: It's purely a matter of styling, George. Some designers think that by hiding the headlights, they can make a particular car look better during the day.

RAY: And when the headlights pop up at night and make the car look silly, who cares? It's dark, and no one can see how it looks anyway!

TOM: I'm not opposed to the styling, George. What bothers me about hidden headlights is the wind drag they create. The car manufacturers go to such great lengths to make cars aerodynamically perfect (with flush doors, flush glass, flush toilets etc.), then they go and screw it up by having the equivalent of two huge pie plates pop up out of the hood at night!

RAY: The EPA should really have another gas mileage category for cars with hidden headlights. There should be "city," "highway," and "with-pie-tins-deployed."

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