To see if a premium price makes for a better product, we gathered up contenders from Cobra and Escort, logging miles with each before performance-testing them. We noted differences in appearance, utility and performance, including the ability to protect from red light and speed cameras.
Unlike many Escorts, this one has an LED display rather than OLED. The latter technology is prettier, but it has a drawback—the display disappears on sunny days. Learn more.
The top-mounted controls of the Escort Passport 9500ix are backlit, making them easy to find at night. On the side of the case a USB port allows updates of the Defender red light camera database.
Like other windshield-mounted Escorts with GPS, the 9500ix can be detected by police radar detector-detectors. Drivers who prefer an undetectable model may want to consider an alternative.
That would be the non-GPS Escort RedlineXR, the only windshield-mounted model that's undetectable. Among its other attributes is an LED display that stays visible in bright sunlight. We also found that it's less susceptible to the radar-based Blind Spot Monitoring systems that make the Max 360 false-alarm hysterically. Learn more.
The RedlineXR also holds the record for the longest Ka-band radar range. Given that nearly every highway patrol uses this type of radar, the performance advantage is noteworthy. Learn more.
Its array of advantages—coupled with superior sensitivity, a user-friendly nature and freedom from false alarms—easily makes the Escort Passport 9500ix the best radar detector and red light camera countermeasure priced below 400 bucks.
Note: It's been announced that the 9500ix has been superseded by the Escort iX. The newcomer has added features and better performance. Learn more.