2011 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor
Ford’s Crown Victoria sedan was the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in America for 15 years running. Police departments from coast-to-coast embraced the Crown Vic for its durability and ease of maintenance, which made it a favorite in taxi fleets, too.
We doubt that anyone would praise the full-size, V-8 powered Crown Vic for its fuel economy, and municipal budgets from coast to coast are being trimmed to save every available nickel and dime.
Enter Ford’s latest police vehicles
, which promise to deliver significant fuel savings when compared to the discontinued Crown Vic. The Taurus-based Police Interceptor Sedan
is rated at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, an improvement of 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway over the Crown Vic.
The Explorer-based Interceptor Utility gets an EPA estimated 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, which is best-in-class for police utility vehicles. It also beats the Crown Vic by 2 mpg in the city and 1 mpg on the highway.
Since police vehicles can spend as much as 6.7 hours idling per 10-hour shift, the fuel savings offered by the Police Interceptor Sedan is even more impressive. Compared to the Crown Victoria, Ford’s latest police sedan uses 35-percent less fuel at idle, thanks to its smaller displacement engine and advances like EPAS electric power steering.
Smaller displacement doesn’t mean less power, either. The base 3.5-liter V-6 in Ford’s Police Interceptor Sedan delivers 288 horsepower, or 38 more than the V-8 used in the Crown Vic.
If that’s not fast enough, the available EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 Interceptor Sedan gets 365 horsepower and all-wheel-drive, allowing it to out-accelerate competitive police sedans from Dodge and Chevrolet, according to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department 0-60 mph testing.
Even the V-6 equipped Police Interceptor Utility
can hold its own against the V-8 powered Chevy Tahoe PPV, beating it in the run from 0-60 mph by just over a full second.
Chicago will soon take delivery of some 500 Ford Police Interceptors
, giving the brand its first real-world, big-city test of its new products. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on what we hear about Ford’s latest Interceptors.