Cobra RAD 450


Radar Detector



I was looking for radar detectors for my hour-and-a-half commute up the 51 to Scottsdale from uptown Phoenix.

Say what you will about the morality of it if you’d like to, but in my opinion the red light and speed cameras in Maricopa County can be viewed under entrapment and invasion of privacy laws under similar legal and ethical gray areas…

Best Radar Detector for Mustang

One of the subtle things I really like about my car is its windshield, with a big FORD livery across the top — kind of a cool touch they did with the S550 generation Mustang.

Under it: a row of gauge clusters in the middle of the dash for the boost gauge and oil pressure, navigation screen, configurable ambient lighting — before I go on about it like the sistine chapel ceiling — I was just looking for a radar detector that didn’t take up a lot of space, stick out too much or have any annoying lights that might fire up at the first sign there’s a speed gun on you.

Keeping the whole principal of diminishing returns intact, I wasn’t trying to spend more than your average speeding ticket in the Phoenix area. $150 or so.

A decent looking radar detector?

I went with the Cobra RAD 450. I’ll leave an update in a few months on how effective it is at dodging the PPD/DPS/TPD/SPD/MCSO as well as the constitutionally-opaque red light cameras in and around Phoenix.

So far it’s saved me a couple times in about 2,000 miles of ownership, including once on the way to Tucson out around Eloy. The rest of the warnings I’ve gotten have been from red light cameras, which I usually get a couple hundred feet of warning on, all on the “Ka,” “K,” and X-band frequencies.

But what I like about it is that it’s actually pretty cool-looking.

This white ticker bounces back and forth across its narrow readout while it’s powered on, only changing when it flickers a new warning light. Some reviews on Amazon compared it to kind of a Knight Rider type of vibe, and I do think there’s a vaporwave quality to it.

The best radar detector for your Ford Mustang?

I’m at least pleased with it so far. If you’re looking for a minimalistic design that doesn’t clutter up your windshield, it would be high on my list. I don’t know a lot about radar detectors in general, but I’d assume the difference between a $150 one and a $500 unit is pretty negligible when it comes to the actual technology that’s inside it.

As far as whether or not it’s the best radar detector for the Phoenix-area or Arizona in general, it should be able to warn you long enough ahead of time against everything other than the laser speed guns some departments use.

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated or encouraged by Cobra or any other entity to write this brief review.

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