2014 Ford Escape Consumer Review: Blinding dash lights

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

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Blinding dash lights
By hueyok on


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


This is an update to the below review. I do not have the car any more. I only kept it for a year due to Ford not able or wanting to fix it and not caring for its customer. I traded it in for another much better car which was not a Ford. Of course I took a hit on the value but I do not tolerate this type of treatment. I will NEVER buy a Ford again. I was told "nothing is perfect, deal with it". I cannot recommend buying a Ford Escape. The following is the original 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 analogy 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 taking Ford to task for designing a car that won't dim its dash lights as specified.

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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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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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