Ford has practically owned the police cruiser market for 15 years, but the automaker recently replaced the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor with the Taurus-based Interceptor. Dodge and Chevy are trying harder than ever to take a piece of the pie away from Ford with new Charger Pursuit and Caprice PPV, respectively. In this Feature Flick, Motor Trend’s Todd Lassa takes a look at the Detroit Three’s offerings.
How do the three black and whites stack up? Each cruiser can be equipped with a V-6 making around 300 hp. Power from the Interceptor’s 3.7-liter V-6 is routed to the front wheels while the Charger Pursuit’s 3.6-liter V-6 and the Caprice PPV’s 3.6-liter engine sends power out back. Ford doesn’t offer a V-8, but its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 produces a competitive 365 hp—10 more than the Caprice PPV’s 6.0-liter V-8 and only 5 less hp than the Charger Pursuit’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Departments ordering the Ford Interceptor with the EcoBoost engine also get all-wheel drive; a class exclusive.
The three cars are the largest offered from each respective brand, with plenty of room for a couple officers up front and room for a perp in the back. The Ford rides on 112.9-inch wheelbase, the shortest of the trio. The two rear-drive competitors’ wheelbases are longer at 120.2 inches for the Dodge and just over 118 inches for the Chevy.
The Chevy Caprice PPV is built in Australia limiting its sales potential since many police department rules require police cruisers be built in North America.
All of the cars look good on paper, but as Lassa asks, “If Motor Trend had its own police department, which car would we drive?” Check out the Wide Open Throttle video below to find out what car will be used in a car chase with all three cop cars in next week’s episode of The Downshift.