I have mine memorized as well. Safer than looking down every time you need to adjust cruise control.
You could try a dab of glow-in-the-dark paint on the Set button. That's the only one I could see being confusing. On/Off on the left hand side is pretty straightforward, and the Resume button is the inboard button. Accel/decel is sometimes flipped on other vehicles.
Mine are not backlit. I also have memorized their positions. But it would be an interesting efect at night. Also if ford could have, manufactured the windscreen wiper stalk control backlit also.
Who me? Demanding and don't want much? Oh! I am easy to please. :lol: Just doing some wishful thinking. But realistically i can't whinge. There are a lot of features, on my XLT escape that were absent in the previous falcon.
2007 and earlier E/M/Ts would require a lot of work to light up the controls.
Before I sold my 2005 Limited, I was playing around with the idea of buying a Windstar steering wheel. From the few pictures I saw, it looked like the only Ford steering wheel that had the same type of mounting arrangement as the Escape's, and it had lighted cruise and audio controls.
The 2008+ models use a completely different steering column. It's almost identical to the Explorer's, as well as the Edge, Fusion, and most Ford trucks.