Note: Discontinued model replaced by the Escort iX. Learn more.
When it was introduced in 2007 the Escort Passport 9500ix was the company's first GPS-enabled model. Using this satellite technology allowed the detector to warn of red light cameras and reduce false alarms. Learning from that experience, Escort has produced models with far better performance and greater sophistication, notably the Escort Max 360 and Escort iX.
To see if a premium price makes for a better product, we gathered up all three contenders from Escort, logging miles with each before performance-testing them.
Controls and Features
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, we found that it's less susceptible to the radar-based Blind Spot Monitoring systems that can make the Max 360 false-alarm hysterically.
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.
Considering its age, the 9500ix turned in reasonably good performance against X-band radar. But it lagged far behind the Passport iX and Max 360 on the critical K and Ka bands.
Once considered the flagship model, the Escort Passport 9500ix is remembered fondly. But it's clearly been surpassed in performance and sophistication by the company's newer offerings.