Top five law enforcement vehicles
February 28, 2012
In addition to the standard patrol cruiser, police departments now have SUVs, vans and other vehicles that meet a wide variety of uses.
In 2011, the Ford Crown Victoria, which was the most popular of all law enforcement vehicles (used by approximately 75% of police departments), was discontinued by the manufacturer. This forced agencies to consider other makes and models. The market for police vehicles amounts to about 75,000 vehicles, so many companies readied themselves to take the Crown Vic’s place.
Today, the top five law enforcement vehicles used in the U.S. are:
1. The Chevrolet Caprice is a rear-wheel drive law enforcement vehicle that comes with a 6.0-liter, 355 horsepower V8 engine that gives it massive speed. It’s also available in a V6 engine. The police version comes with the standard add-ons, such as heavy duty bumpers, two-way radios, firearms lockers, high-output alternators, light bars, spotlights and video cameras. The Caprice also comes in a model without the exterior add-ons for undercover law enforcement officers.
2. The Dodge Charger is another of the top law enforcement vehicles. It has a 5.7-liter V-8 engine and can reach a speed of 60 miles an hour in 6.52 seconds. The top speed of the charger is 150 miles per hour. The law enforcement version is modified with a high performance braking and suspension system. It also allows the driver to completely turn off electronic stability control.
3. The Dodge Magnum also has a place on this list of top law enforcement vehicles. Its body style combines the sedan and the station wagon, giving it greater flexibility of uses. Mechanically, the Magnum is identical to the Charger, so it has basically the same performance, although it’s heavier and can’t reach the same top speeds.
4. The Ford Taurus is also one of the top law enforcement vehicles in use today. The all-wheel-drive police version is equipped with EcoBoost turbo charging and is known as the Police Interceptor because of its ability to accelerate from zero to 60 in 5.83 seconds. The Taurus also has superior handling and is large enough to accommodate police equipment and passengers.
5. The Ford Explorer also ranks as one of the top law enforcement vehicles used by police. The police version has a 3.5 liter, V6 engine with 280 horsepower. It’s available in front wheel drive or all wheel drive. It also has better fuel economy that the discontinued Crown Victoria Interceptor. SUVs like the Explorer are versatile enough to meet a wide variety of uses as law enforcement vehicles.