Escort Max 360c MKII smells like smoke right out of the box

Review: Escort Max 360c MKII Radar DetectorAmazon – Car and driver

Radar detectors have been commercially available for more than half a century, helping countless drivers save big money by avoiding speeding tickets. While we don’t approve of exceeding the limit on public roads, it’s not a bad idea to have a little warning about the policemen operating the radar under the next overpass; this is exactly what the Escort Max 360c MKII it’s designed to do, so we wanted to give it a try.

We planned a road trip from our headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan to the New River Gorge area of ​​West Virginia, with the Escort connected the entire way. To be clear, this is NOT an instrument test of the MKII, rather a demonstration of typical consumer use. We set it up, attached it to the windshield and rode to the mountains and back, making notes on the MKII’s performance. For our latest instrumented radar detector test comparison, check out this article.

Information about radar detectors

Police radar mainly uses K and Ka band frequencies. X-bands might appear, but are very rarely used these days. You’ll also hear the term “laser,” which is essentially a laser beam that’s extremely difficult to detect unless it’s already aimed at your vehicle. You don’t want to run into a police officer using lasers – better get ready for the ticket then and there.

Now, not all alerts your radar detector shows are cops. We had a lot of false alarms on our cross-country road trip, and these can be triggered by everything from other vehicles’ blind spot monitors to mall motion-detecting front doors, even other detectors. radar. Higher-end detectors can filter these out, and with GPS blocking like the Escort, the detector can “remember” where the faulty alerts came from.

Notable features on Escort Max 360c MKII

This is Escort’s second generation Max 360c and the brand’s first touted improvement is a 50% increase in range over the previous generation. This is important because in our test of the Escort Max 360c MKI, we noticed that the distances were slightly shorter than those of the competition. This next generation improves nicely. Plus, a new DSP chip promises lightning-fast performance, dual-band Wi-Fi enables connected-car functionality, and new filtering software reduces false alarms.

The thing looks good too, perched elegantly on its magnetic mount. The blue directional arrows are designed to indicate the source of the alert, but we found this to occasionally break or have a delay, just like with the MKI. Escort allows drivers to simply plug and play directly into the 12 volt outlet. The power cord isn’t very long, so if your outlet is far from the mounting location, that could be a problem.

The brightness of the display screen is adjustable, and you can set the sensitivity to a variety of driving situations—we kept it at Auto or Highway. There’s also a handy mute button on the base of the power cord for when it gets really loud.

For more information and insights into your cruise, you can download the Escort Live app – it features community-based alerts for speed cameras, police-pinned locations, and more. We tried it out and found connecting with the radar to be quite straightforward and the in-app experience simple and informative. The only problem is that alerts based on the user, say, an hour ago often mean that the officer is long gone.

The journey and our run

Our destination was the New River Gorge area of ​​West Virginia, which, if you haven’t been there, is one of the most beautiful areas east of the Rockies. We knew there were some mountain roads ahead of us, so we grabbed an Everglades Ford Bronco and hit the road.

The Bronco may not be a cop magnet like a Lambo is, but the brute still garnered a lot of attention. The radar detector was planted in the windshield, but only slightly. The 12-volt socket is deep in the center console and the detector power lead was at the limit of its length. Still, it worked, and we think the elevated position gave us a slight radar detection advantage.

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After covering nearly 1000 miles on our trip, we took many notes on the Escort’s performance. Setup was simple – plug and play, just like Escort said.

The MKII garnered plenty of K- and Ka-band reads, sounding obnoxiously enough to make us rock a bit in our chairs. We quickly turned the volume down. We would say there was roughly a 60:40 ratio of visible police presence to an invisible policeman or false alarm with the K and Ka band alarms. We came across three real speed cameras, of which the Escort warned us well in advance. So far, the Escort seemed to be doing its job.

But we have not been blinded by a false sense of security. We began to notice the cops that the detector missed. This may not be the Escort’s fault, but it is something to keep in mind with ownership of any radar detector.

It doesn’t come cheap, with prices typically around $700. However, you do get a lot of bells and whistles with this radar detector, and Escort is a trusted brand. Heck, Escort offers a trade-in program so you can earn a credit on your old radar detector while you upgrade, and even a limited ticket guarantee, which means the Escort will pay for your speeding ticket in certain situations.

Yes, it’s a steep price, but the money will keep you from spending on tickets. Depending on how often you get stopped, this thing will pay for itself over time.

Verdict

Overall, the Escort Max 360c MKII is an expensive but technologically advanced radar detector. Using one is not an excuse to speed, but rather an early warning system to check the speedometer. It also doesn’t provide an invincibility bubble but can save you from otherwise hidden speed cameras.

Our recommendation? If you get one, pair its use with a crowdfunding app like Waze, which can warn you of even more speed cameras. We like using both the tracker and Waze during the day, but you’ll definitely want to rely more on the tracker at night.

So, to reiterate, if this is your first time buying a radar detector, don’t expect an invincibility shield for speeding. He just sniffs out Smokey’s running radar so he can double-check his speed and adjust accordingly. If you can bear the cost, the Escort Max 360c MKII is a solid choice.

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