Michigan State Police Release Annual Police Vehicle Evaluation Results, Chrysler Introduces Police Package Durango

TTAC Staff
by TTAC Staff

Every year the Michigan State Police conduct comparison performance tests of police package vehicles offered by the domestic automakers. The results influence millions of dollars worth of purchasing decisions by police agencies around the country and they’re also the source of bragging rights. It’s tempting to compare the way automakers tout the MSP Police Vehicle Evaluation results to the way car makers brag about times on the Nurburgring circuit, but the police car testing is undoubtedly more consistent and reliable than ‘Ring results. This year, Chrysler made a big deal about the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD with the 370 horsepower 5.7 liter Hemi V8 posting the fastest lap time, 1:33.85, on the Grattan Raceway road course, along with the best braking performance from 60 to 0 mph, 126.5 feet. Ford countered by publicizing the fact that the latest Taurus based AWD Police Interceptor with the 3.5 liter Ecoboost twin turbo V6 had the best acceleration to 60 and 100 mph, 5.66 seconds and 13.5 seconds respectively. Chevrolet gets to brag as well, since the 9C1 Caprice with a 6.0 liter V8 from the LS family had the highest top speed, 155 miles per hour. While Chrysler was boasting about the Charger getting under the 1:34 mark, it should be noted that was achieved on only one of the 24 laps the car was run. The average times for all three of the automakers’ fastest police cars were all within 0.30 seconds a lap, with the Charger indeed being fastest at 1:34.75, just ahead of the Caprice’s 1:34.98 and the Ford’s 1:35.05.

Vehicle Acceleration and Top Speed Results

Vehicle Braking Results

Vehicle Dynamics (Road Course) Results

Meanwhile, Chrysler has introduced the Special Service Dodge Durango SUV for police and fire departments. It will be competing with police package Tahoes from Chevy and Explorers from Ford. Chrysler is hoping that the Durango’s eight speed automatic transmission will give it an edge with departments looking to save on fuel costs, saying that the new transmission improves fuel economy by 15% over the previous model. Special Service features include a heavy-duty brake package, more powerful battery, larger-output 220-amp alternator, more robust water pump and engine oil cooler and a load leveling suspension.

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  • Justin Crenshaw Justin Crenshaw on Oct 24, 2013

    I do wish that police departments would be more economical with tax payer dollars. I noticed the Oklahoma HP buying a lot of new Tahoes. I can understand why a Highway Patrol might need faster vehicles, however a Tahoe is not fast, nor does it handle well. It looks damn cool painted black with black wheels though. What you have here is government employees making purchase decisions with other people's money. They WANT to drive the bigger V8 cars therefore they will come up with whatever justification needed to make that happen. Try to convince a city department that they can get by with a Focus hatch and officers will come out of the woodwork to tell you why it won't work, the only true reason is they don't want to drive a small hatchback. There are instances where fast, large cars may be needed, however non-response vehicles and urban departments (even some suburban areas), could get away with more economical vehicles.

  • Seabrjim Seabrjim on Oct 24, 2013

    With only 37 posts on an article about police cars, I'd say most of the B&B agree. Who cares? How about David Hester, Havent heard from him in a while. If you're still here Dave, any thoughts?

  • Probert There's something wrong with that chart. The 9 month numbers for Tesla, in the chart, are closer to Tesla's Q3 numbers. They delivered 343,830 cars in q3 and YoY it is a 40% increase. They sold 363,830 but deliveries were slowed at the end of the quarter - no cars in inventory. For the past 9 months the total sold is 929,910 . So very good performance considering a major shutdown for about a month in China (Covid, factory revamp). Not sure if the chart is also inaccurate for other makers.
  • ToolGuy "...overall length grew only fractionally, from 187.6” in 1994 to 198.7” in 1995."Something very wrong with that sentence. I believe you just overstated the length by 11 inches.
  • ToolGuy There is no level of markup on the Jeep Wrangler which would not be justified or would make it any less desirable [perfectly inelastic demand, i.e., 'I want one']. Source: My 21-year-old daughter.
  • ToolGuy Strong performance from Fiat.
  • Inside Looking Out GM is like America, it does the right thing only after trying everything else.  As General Motors goes, so goes America.