America's Best Selling Police Car Is Now A Crossover

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
americas best selling police car is now a crossover

When Ford killed off the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, the police car market was left wide open. But the Blue Oval appears to have managed to brought a suitable replacement to market, though it’s not the traditional three-box police sedan.

Many departments found the Dodge Charger too cramped and the Chevrolet Caprice a tough sell to those in charge of purchasing (due to not being built in America). Ford’s Taurus Interceptor was tested by TTAC, and it too, was found to be too small for most police officers wearing a utility belt and holster.

According to USA Today, the Explorer-based Utility Interceptor appears to be the most popular Ford police car, and the best-selling police vehicle in America. Last year, Ford sold roughly 14,000 UIs while moving just under 11,000 of the Taurus based Interceptors, for an overall police vehicle market share of about 50 percent.

The UI’s larger interior and ability to hold more gear appears to be a big draw for many departments, and is the natural extension of the trend towards the adoption of the Chevrolet Tahoe (which will finally get an all-wheel drive Pursuit Rated version to compete with the AWD UI). Officers apparently like being higher up and enjoy the space that the two-box bodystyle affords. The balance hasn’t completly tipped in favor of the UI, and many departments are still happy with sedans. But the shift towards SUVs and CUVs in place of large sedans could be a harbinger for the broader auto market.

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  • BklynPete BklynPete on Mar 26, 2014

    That's kind of a cheap shot. There may be a few donut addicts on patrol but most cops I see are in good shape. To paraphrase Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard," it's the equipment that's gotten bigger.

  • Z71_Silvy Z71_Silvy on Mar 27, 2014

    So Ford is chest thumping about LOSING 30% of the police vehicle market. What a pathetic company. And the fuel mileage of these awful vehicles is no better--in the real world--than the Crown Vic. Ford massively failed with these two mediocre appliances.

    • Twinsonic Twinsonic on Mar 30, 2014

      Ford has announced of a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder EcoBoost motor for the Police Interceptor Sedan. This would work in Manhattan NY or Chicago IL. Here is the ratings: 240 Horsepower, 270 lbs. of torque. Information gathered commented that the EcoBoost 4 cylinder surprised and impressed the drivers that was testing it on the Ford Proving Grounds against the Crown Victoria P71 and bested in every way. EPA gas mileage: 30 Highway, 20 City, 24 combined.

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