The first thing we noticed when testing the Max 360c is the accuracy of the speed-sensitive “Cruise Alert” feature that mutes any alerts until you reach a pre-set driving speed. When connected to Escort Live, Escort will replace your cruise alert threshold with the speed limit of the road you’re on and alerts will only sound when driving at, or over, the speed limit it pulls from the database. But do keep in mind that the database doesn’t take into account school zones or construction zone.
The Max 360c’s highway performance was impressive - only the Valentine One and the Escort RedLine EX had longer ranges. We dialled the settings to the “Auto No X” mode and found that false alarms were extremely rare, though we did find that a couple of vehicles with blind-spot monitoring systems still triggered an alert, even with Escort’s improved BSM filtering system in place.
The city performance was even better, with directional arrows telling you where the radar is coming from, making it easy to find the source quickly. In addition, the internal GPS automatically adjusts the sensitivity according to your speed. If you are driving very slowly pass a radar source, you will still receive a visual alert, but you won’t get all the beeping alerts.
Actual alerts from a strong Ka-band signal were detected early, and the directional arrows worked well to pinpoint the location. AutoMute helped to silence the alarm noise after the first couple of notices and the “mute” button on the SmartCord was easy to reach for quickly silencing alerts.
Worried about getting an alert from the same road sign or automatic door over and over again? The Max 360c’s AutoLearn feature was able to recognize false alerts on our local commute, and blocked them out after passing by the same location several times.