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Michigan 2014 Patrol Vehicle Testing Results Released

Michigan troopers tested 15 four-wheel patrol vehicles from the 2014 model year.

October 09, 2013  |  by - Also by this author

Photo courtesy of Chrysler.
Photo courtesy of Chrysler.
The Michigan State Police's Precision Driving Unit tested a historically crowded field of patrol vehicles in late September and released preliminary results to PoliceMag.com on Tuesday.

The unit, which has been testing new patrol vehicles since 1974, evaluated 12 sedans and three pursuit-rated utility models available to police agencies for the 2014 model year. In addition, seven police motorcycles were evaluated.

Detroit automakers broadened their power-train offerings for 2014, which has brought two new all-wheel-drive vehicles from Chrysler and Ford and a multitude of powertrain and axle-ratio options on the Dodge Charger Pursuit.

Michigan troopers evaluate patrol vehicles using three basic tests—high-speed performance (acceleration and top speed), braking, and driving dynamics. For each category, we'll compare the test results for the V-8 and turbocharged sedans, the V-6 sedans, and the utility vehicles. We'll analyze motorcycle results separately in the coming days.

Among the six sedans in the V-8 and turbocharged category, the top-speed crown again went to the 6.0-liter Chevrolet Caprice PPV, which reached 155 mph. It was followed by the V-8 Charger at 152 mph and the 3.5-liter, turbo-charged Ford Police Interceptor at 149 mph. The turbo P.I. recorded the fastest 0 to 60 mph increment (5.66 seconds) followed by the Caprice (6.01) and Charger (6.13). The turbo P.I. reached 0 to 100 mph fastest (13.5) followed by the Caprice (14.35) and Charger (14.56).

Among the six sedans in the V-6 category, the 3.6-liter Chevrolet Impala reached a top speed of 149 mph followed by the 3.6-liter Caprice (148), 3.6-liter Charger (141), and 3.7-liter non-turbo Ford P.I. (132). The Caprice reached 0 to 60 fastest (7.45 seconds) followed by the non-turbo Ford P.I. (7.48) and Impala (7.67).

For the utility vehicles, the Chevrolet Tahoe reached a top speed of 139 mph followed by the turbocharged 3.5-liter Ford P.I. Utility (131) and 3.7-liter P.I. Utility (131). The turbo P.I. Utility logged the fastest 0-to-60 increment (6.28 seconds) over the Tahoe (8.22) and non-turbo P.I. Utility (8.02). The turbo P.I. Utility also reached 100 mph quickest (15.51) over the Tahoe (21.95) and non-turbo P.I. Utility (21).

For the brake tests, the V-8 Charger recorded the quickest stop among sedans from 60 to 0 mph at 126.5 feet. It was followed by the V-6 Caprice (126.8), V-6 Charger (127.5), and V-8 Caprice (127.6). Among utility vehicles, the Tahoe was the top braker at 133.2 feet followed by the non-turbo P.I. Utility (134.2) and turbo P.I. Utility (134.9).

In driving dynamics testing, the V-8 Charger with a 3.06 axle ratio recorded the fastest 2-mile lap time at 1 minute, 34 seconds (1:34.75). In a near dead heat, the V-8 Caprice came in second at 1 minute, 34 seconds (1:34.98). The turbo P.I. sedan came in at 1 minute, 35 seconds. Among the utility vehicles, the turbo P.I. Utility led the way at 1 minute, 37 seconds followed by the non-turbo P.I. Utility at 1 minute, 40 seconds and the Tahoe at 1 minute, 42 seconds.

Related:

2013 Vehicle Tests: Michigan Vs. California

2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

2011 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

Tags: Michigan State Police, Vehicle Testing, Dodge Charger, Ford Police Interceptor, Chevrolet Caprice, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Tahoe, Patrol Cars


Comments (2)

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Ron @ 10/11/2013 4:46 AM

Are the officers going to need to wear helmets

Tom C. @ 10/12/2013 8:27 AM

The Taurus/Explorer pair of PIs makes a lot of sense to fill many fleets: indentical mechanicals, maintenance schedules, and driving dynamics, plus AWD coupled to a powerful and economical standard engine. My only gripe about the Taurus is that it's very tight with a prisoner barrier, unless you use a half cage placing the prisoner area only behind the front passenger seat. The price for the twin turbo V6 is over $3100 on the PI SEdan and similar, I'm guessing, for the PI Utility; that's a lot of money and, what with the 3.7L making over 300HP, the turbo V6 is hardly necessary. Still, there are those agencies that can justify it so I'm glad it's available fpr them. The PI Utility is an impressive package offering plenty of front passenger, rear prisoner, and cargo room.

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