More coverage (width of tail lights) = more visibility = safer. I'm not saying that that Passport's tail lights aren't safe, just that the Pilot's tail lights are safer.I would have preferred they were built into the taillight assembly but I agree its more about visibility/brightness than size. This styling choice is one of the ways they differentiated the rear end from the Pilot.
And that's EXACTLY why I think the Pilot's taillights are better, due to greater visibility. Again, I'm not saying that the Passport's taillights aren't visible. I'm simply saying that the Pilot's taillights are more visible, which makes them better (in my opinion). Look at the difference, below. At night the difference is much more prominent.The taillights are the exact same on the pilot. Except the passport doesn’t have the piece on the hatch.
Yes. EDIT -- actually, I'm not sure if the entire thing lights up upon braking. But for sure the entire thing is lit when the lights are turned on. Like this:
The Q5 (and some others that have brake/hazard lights on the tailgate) have "extra" tail lights down on the bumper that activate when the tailgate is open.I just recently came across some reference to the existence of regulation in US which requires stop lights be mounted on non-moveable part o the vehicle. What puzzled me was the Audi Q5 which has the whole light assembly mounted on the rear door and when you raise it, all lights are up in the air.