Passport Radar Detector Review
Overall Rating: 87 Points
Overview of the Escort Passport
Today most police agencies are upgrading their equipment to the new low
power hand held digital instant on radar guns which most radar detectors
have a difficult time to detect.
Then another emerging problem, the adaptive cruise control sensors car manufactures are installing in new cars.
These sensors use the same exact K-band frequency that police use causing most radar detectors to false constantly!
Because of this Escort developed new Digital Signal Processing (DSP) programming, integrating it into their newest line of radar detectors; the Passport, the Passport Max and Max2.
“Passport uses a new type of digital signal processing (DSP),
which can reduce false alarms from some non-police-radar sources. Think
of DSP as a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones for radar reporting.
By reliably identifying noise, the Max can focus on real police-radar threats, leading to faster and more accurate warnings.” - Car and Driver Magazine
Another unique feature of the Passport is that it also includes an internal Bluetooth chip set. This will give you direct access to the Escort Live community through your smartphone, enabling the sharing of real time alerts with other Escort and Beltronics radar detectors in your area.
"The Passport is the best entry radar detector on the market today" - Radar Roy
Long Range Radar Detection: 5 Points
The Passport is built on Escort’s M4 antenna design, which places the Passport in the Long Range Category, with 4 times the capture distance of a police radar gun.
The result is a detector that will provide ample warning of instant on K and Ka Radar miles away.
Sensitivity and Filtering: 7 Points
When paired with the Escort Live system, the Passport is able to detect your speed through your phone’s GPS and adjust the sensitivity of the detector automatically.
Here are examples why this is beneficial:
You’re driving at highway speeds; the Passport recognizes this and
automatically switches to highway mode for maximum effectiveness.
as you drive into a shopping center surrounded by automatic door
openers the Passport will dial down the sensitivity so you won't be
bombarded by false alerts.
Also, when paired with the Escort Live system, Escort uses the power of your phone’s GPS to learn and store known false alert locations based upon the exact location and frequency and then filter them out.
The result is a detector that isn’t going to pester you with a ton of false alerts like other radar detectors will.
Thus, it will provide you with protection when you need it most, without annoying you with false alerts when you don’t.
Your Passport is also equipped with TSR Filtering. Here is what it does and why it’s so important:
Many state, county, and city highway departments in the US have installed devices called traffic flow sensors (TSR) to measure the flow of traffic on city streets and highways.
These traffic flow sensors transmit a strong K band signal, which cause radar detectors to alert.
To combat this, Escort has developed TSR rejection software to block out these annoying false alerts.
The result is that you’re not going to have to shut down your radar detector to keep from being blasted by false alerts when driving in areas where these types of devices are used.
Escort Live Connectivity: 10 Points
The Passport has an internal Bluetooth chipset, allowing you to tap right into the Escort Live community though your iPhone or Android smart phone.
On Escort Live you will be sharing radar, laser, and cop spotted alerts with other Escort and Beltronics users in your area.
Photo Enforcement Protection: 6 Points
Automated photo enforcement cameras and speed traps are everywhere today!
When interfaced with the Escort Live system, your detector will have access to Escort’s Defender photo enforcement database, which will alert you as you approach one of these locations.
You can also add your own “hot spots” using the mark location feature.
Clear Digital Voice Alerts: 10 Points
The Passport has clear voice alerts, providing you with the information you need without having to take your eyes off the road.
Easy Advanced Programming: 10 Points
You can program your Passport by pressing the buttons on the control interface or by using the Escort Live app on your smart phone.
You can set the color and brightness of your display, program the radar bands used in your area, adjust the filtering options, and more.
High Definition OLED Display: 10 Points
The multi-color graphic display of the Passport is easy to see even in bright sunlight.
Intuitive icons make it easy to immediately identify threats, and the ability to adjust the screen's colors allows you to match the display to your vehicle's interior gauges.
Warranty & Support: 10 Points
Your Passport comes equipped with Escort’s 1-year warranty and our 30-day no risk money back guarantee.
Also, because we have been an authorized Escort dealer since 1997,
you’re pre-approved to purchase Escort’s extended 24 month extend
warranty for only $29.95.
Here on RadarBusters, Radar Roy has several articles in his help
guide section to assist you in getting the most out of your detector
How to Maximize the Use of your Radar Detector, How to Update Your Radar Detector, and Defensive Driving Tips for Radar Detector Users.
You’re welcome to contact Radar Roy direct 24/7 by using the contact form on this website or calling our toll free number during normal business hours.
Motorcycle Use: 9 Points
When properly accessorized with the proper motorcycle mount, external warning device, and weather protection, the Passport becomes a great radar detector for your motorcycle.
Motorcycle Mounting Systems: RadarBusters offers a variety of motorcycle radar detector and cell phone mounts by Techmount, which will fit virtually any motorcycle.
External Warning Device:
The Passport does have an external earphone jack, which you can plug into
your motorcycle sound system. However, we would recommend the
Legal Speeding HARD system, which is a wireless heads up display.
because the Passport has an internal Bluetooth, you can mount your
cell phone to your motorcycle and receive Escort Live alerts while
Note: The Bluetooth will not interface with your
motorcycle’s sound system nor any external Bluetooth headset, as it was
not designed for this purpose. However, you may be able to get alerts
through your cellphone when paired with an external device
Weather Protection: There are several websites that sell “motorcycle radar detector boxes,”
but we don’t recommend them. Instead, go to your local CVS and buy a
child’s size shower cap. It’s cheaper and will protect your detector just
Your Passport comes equipped with a travel case, windshield mount, 12 volt SmartCord, a quick reference guide, and a 1-year subscription to the Escort Live Community.
Optional accessories you may want to consider when purchasing your Escort Passport are:
Direct Wire Smart Cord: Connects to your fuse box under your dash, freeing your cigarette lighter.
BlendMount Mirror Mount: Enables the mounting of the Passport to your rear view mirror.
Why Buy from Radar Roy?
Authorized Escort Dealer:
RadarBusters has been an authorized dealer for Escort since 1995, so
you can be assured that you detector is covered under Escort’s warranty
program and pre-approved for Escort’s 24 month extended warranty
Unlike the other radar detector review websites out there, Radar Roy is
a retired cop and certified traffic radar instructor with over 40 years
of experience and has his own arsenal of police radar and laser guns.
Luxury Automotive was so impressed with Roy’s high standards and
qualifications that they dubbed him the “General Schwarzkopf of radar
No Sales Tax: You will not be charged sales tax as long as your order is shipped outside of Arizona.
No Risk 30-Day money back guarantee: Don’t like your detector? Return it no questions asked!
Low Price Guarantee: By becoming a member of Radar Roy’s VIP Club you will receive his 90-day price match guarantee, ensuring that you will get the best price anywhere!
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How to Program Your Passport
Passport Radar Detector K-Band Alert
Escort Live Police Spotted Alert