Note: The 9500ix has been replaced by the Escort iX with added features and better performance. Learn more.
To see if a premium price makes for a better product, we gathered up contenders from Beltronics, 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 some, 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.
The Escort Passport 9500ix proved adept at detecting the most widely used types of photo radar, leading the pack in one test and trailing the BEL Pro 500 by a few feet in the other.
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 the Escort RedlineXR. It lacks GPS but aside from being immune to the RDD, it's also a record-holder: World's longest radar-detection range. 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 450 bucks.