2015 Ford F-150: Fun With Side Mirror Spotlights
June 1, 2015
Automotive Editor Dan Frio and I swapped cars over the weekend. He needed to get into the short-term 2016 Acura ILX I was driving, and I didn't mind taking the 2015 Ford F-150 off his hands, since I hadn't driven our long-termer yet.
As he pulled to a stop in my complex, Frio yelled out the window, "Hey Mikey, check this out."
As I walked closer to the driver-side door, he proceeded to beam the F-150's side mirror spotlights into my retinas. Didn't know the F-150 had spotlights? Me neither, until then. Thanks, Frio.
So what exactly are these things? Our F-150's window sticker calls them LED Side-Mirror Spotlights. The owner's manual calls them Spot Lamps. Whichever you prefer, they're included in the $1,500 Equipment Group 501A package, which also includes blind-spot monitoring, remote start and reverse parking sensors, among other things.
Think of these LED mirror lights as less unsightly versions of the spotlights police cruisers have used for years.
These buttons on the left side of the dash turn them on and off, as long as you have the parking lights, full lights or Auto lights switched on. The beam is adjustable, too, simply by moving the power mirror. Exceed 6 mph and they automatically switch off, presumably so you can't prank passing motorists.
Even though they provide a decent amount of light, I'm not sure how much use we'll actually get out of these things. But then, that's what we're here to find out. In the meantime, there's bound to be more partial blinding of unsuspecting editors.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 7,746 miles