2014 Ford Escape Consumer Review: Do not drive at night
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2014 Ford Escape - Consumer Review

2014 Ford Escape

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SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)

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Do not drive at night
By hueyok on

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2014 Ford Escape SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Review

I have a '14 Escape SE with blinding dash lights.
According to Ford technicians, they are suppose to automatically dim in conjunction with the ambient light.
For example, if it is daytime and full sun, the dash lights are full bright.
Then as it gets toward dusk, the lights dim somewhat.
At full night, the dash lights dim more to avoid bright lights in one's eyes.
An alalogy to this would be like driving at night and an oncoming car has its lights on bright beam.
Then as a courtesy, the person dims the lights to the low beam.
This is why I am kaking Ford to task for designing a car that won't dim its dash lights as specified.

Best Features

The car handles well. It has a lot of power for a 1.6 litre turbo engine. The gas mileage is good. I get 27 in town and over 30 (up to 34) highway. The fit and finish is good and the styling is good.

Worst Features

Have Ford's technicians come up with a remedy to correct the dash light problem. Then a recall or advisory can be made.
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By albyg
on 03/07/14 15:48 PM (PST)

You can dim the dash and Ford Sync display manually with the rocker switch right next to the light switch.

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By chrisnap717
on 11/08/14 07:58 AM (PST)

If you go into the "convenience" settings through the instrument cluster, go to "lighting" and make sure it is set to automatic- it should dim by itself.

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