Benchmark Law Enforcement Testing Confirms Performance of Ford Police Interceptor Utility
Popular Police Interceptor Utility Outperforms V-6 Sedans in Tests
For those that thought the discontinuation of the long-running Ford Crown Victoria-based Police Interceptor meant the end of Dearborn’s dominance of the law enforcement market, think again. Thanks to the addition of the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility to complement the Taurus-based Police Interceptor sedan, Ford is keeping a firm grip on the police car market, ceding little to its domestic rivals. The Interceptor Utility model is proving to be considerably more popular than the sedan by virtue of its added payload and cargo capacity.
In a series of tests performed last year by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police, the two agencies that set the performance benchmarks referenced by law enforcement agencies across the country, both models performed well among their peers, which include the Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Caprice. In tests conducted this year, the EcoBoost-powered Police Interceptor Utility outperformed the V-6-powered Charger and Caprice in 0-60 and 0-100 mph acceleration tests.
The 3.7L non-EcoBoost Police Interceptor Utility also returned a faster track time than “a competitor’s V-8–powered utility vehicle (read: Chevy Tahoe).” The 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost-powered Police Interceptor sedan also received a pursuit rating this year, performing better in acceleration than the last-generation V-8–powered Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
The only other pursuit-rated SUV of note is the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV. The Dodge Durango is offered in law enforcement trim as a support vehicle but is not pursuit rated.