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Top 9 Odd Tail Light Designs

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Ever notice how some vehicles have such innovative, trendy tail lights, while others have such clumsy, awkward ones? Here are the top nine tail light designs ranging from unusual to bizarre.

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9. Kia Soul

Kia Soul Tail Light

Kia Soul
Photo: YouTube

In the age of wireless, it’s a bit ironic that the Kia Soul‘s tail lights are shaped like old school telephones.


’98 Mustang
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8. ’98 Mustang

What’s not to love about a Mustang? This one’s tail lights appear to be kitten paws, or a simplistic rendering of Stonehenge.

“The Scream” Tail Lights
Photo: Zumblr

7. Anonymous car with startled tail lights

Not sure what classic car these tail lights belong to, but its design is definitely reminiscent of “The Scream.”

flame decal tail lights VW

Photo: Driving Line

6. Volkswagen

This VW’s tail lights look like red flame decals or possibly molten sheaves of wheat. Whatever the manufacturer intended it to be, it makes for a quirky and intriguing design.


Audi A6 Avant C6 LED Tail Light Retrofit Details

Audi A6 Avant C6 
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5. Audi A6 Avant C6

A gaping mouth? The illumined outer rim of a retro cinema light box? Any guess is fair game with this Audi, rigged with retrofit LED tail lights.

Sonata Hybrid Atomic Tail Light Design

Sonata Hybrid
Photo: Plays with Cars

4. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

A great refresher for high school science, Hyundai’s atomic tail lights are meant to depict electrons orbiting around a nucleus. Two thumbs up for an unusual and geeky design that keeps the viewer hypnotized.

3. Audi’s “swarm” tail light technology

Audi’s “swarm” tail light concept displays a morphing nebula of colors that looks a lot like some futuristic weather radar map. The organic light-emitting diodes respond to the car’s movements–unusual but fascinating.

VW GOLF R MK6 MKVI Tail light design

Volkswagen GOLF R MK6 MKVI
Photo: Norris

2. Volkswagen GOLF R MK6 MKVI

These quirky tail lights look exactly like quotation marks. Let all of the punctuation enthusiasts rejoice.

2016 Toyota Prius tail lights

2016 Toyota Prius
Photo: Motor Trend

1. 2016 Toyota Prius

Toyota intended the boomerang-shaped tail lights to give the 2016 Prius an edgier look. It was a well-meaning concept but, in reality, it just doesn’t mesh with the Prius’s smooth, streamlined exterior.

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Whitney Burch is a current resident of Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming on Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not adventuring through the exciting world of car news, she can be found hiking with her fiance and their 1-year-old Labrador, motorcycling, reorganizing and/or decorating some corner of the world (most likely in yellow), researching random things, scribbling on her blog, and escaping into a great movie, poem, or short story. See more articles by Whitney.