Regardless whether it’s a Ford or Chevy, the best used car buy for someone that likes to thrash their ride on a daily basis is a former police patrol unit. Of course there is that matter of brand loyalty, so feel free to choose accordingly.
Getting back to why: it’s because a police car is built to handle anything that comes its way and that means it’s hard to break. Hard to break and haul ass doing it, is what police car testing is all about. Every year different police agencies from around the nation comparison test the top three contenders: Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet.
In 2014 tests, the Caprice PPV (police patrol vehicle) came out on top against the Dodge Charger and Ford Police Interceptor. The Caprice performed exceptionally well against other manufacturers’ police vehicles, with the Caprice PPV 6.0L delivering a higher top speed (155 mph / 248 kmh) than the Dodge Charger V-8 or the Taurus-based Ford Police Interceptor with an EcoBoost V6, during Michigan State Police’s annual benchmark police vehicle evaluation.
For 2015 things turned out in favor for the Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor. The big three, Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge, all participated in police interceptor comparison tests conducted by the LASD (Los Angeles Sheriffs Department) and the Michigan State Police. In the latest tests the V6 EcoBoost-powered Ford Police Interceptor sedan bested all vehicles, including V8-equipped competitors’ sedans in testing by both Michigan and California authorities. The Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor turned in best-in-class acceleration for overall pursuit vehicles of 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds vs. 6.6 seconds for the 5.7-liter Charger and 6.7 seconds for the 6.0-liter Chevrolet Caprice.
Much in the same way it was a rear-engine, Lotus-powered by a Ford, that rung the death knell for conventional Offenhauser-powered cars at Indianapolis, the same might be happening for conventionally configured police cars. It’s no secret production of the V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive Impala goes out of production at the end of 2017, so it will be interesting to see what replaces it and if the new platform can exact revenge.