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Curious about the latest crop of cop cars? The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department – which undoubtedly has good reason to be interested in such machines – has released a bit of data to help clue you in on the newest cruisers. California's Boys in Blue put 15 vehicles through rigorous testing, and they ended up with a rather large stack of results. How large are we talking?

174 pages.

We thought cops hated paperwork, but it appears the movie industry has again lied to us. Those 174 pages are filled with stats on all 15 test vehicles, officer insight into vehicle performance and results from the various types of tests applied.

We'll be honest... we've only skimmed. We're not quite ready to take a deep dive into this particular PDF, however, it's available for you to peruse at the LA County Sheriff's Department website, should you have some time to kill.


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      Britton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously....why even make reference to this article when all you show is a few paragraphs and none of the conclusions from the report. Online articles are such a joke sometimes.....blah! (sticking my tongue out at all of you who promote this joke!)\
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, looks like the Ford Taurus was the top pick and signifigantly faster than the others.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      2011 Police Interceptor AWD Utility: 3.7L V-6 Horsepower: 300 @6500RPM Torque: 280 @14000RPM WOW! that thing is a screamer!
      thatGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Strangely the section where the Caprice falls down is in interior ergonomics and ease of entry/exit. I would have thought a LWD G8 would be VERY strong here. It rates below the Charger for ease of entry/exit ?? They seem to be strange results. Apart from that it is a choice between Eco boost or Caprice to me, both where quick and got all10/10 for dynamics.
      Rick C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So just about 10 pages of stats and observations per car and the rest of the required typical report fluff. That doesn't sound too bureaucratic at all.
      miles
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought those guys in LA only bought cars from China?
      ALafya
      • 3 Years Ago
      In pretty much every other country the police, including highway police get much more modest vehicles, including Europe. I think it is all desire and no real need behind it, as these foreign cops get the job done as well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
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        Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        Like the BMWs and Audis that the Bavaria State Police use? Or the Volvo V70s, Range Rovers, and BMW 5-series they use in the UK? Is a Chevy Caprice modest compared to the Alfa Romeo 159s the Italians use? The Saabs and Volvos the Swedes use? the Toyota Crowns in Japan?
          mlucky450
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike
          interesting. So every other country is able to use a variant of product vheciles for police. US government is being asked to spend $310 million of our tax dollars to fund a new start up company to product a unique police only vehicle.. No wonder w are broke
      amerifight
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the interceptor ecoboost does not win over the cops they should just keep the outdated vics.
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone see the last page of the report which has the fuel efficiency results? Most of them give 13-14 MPG. Why can't they use more fuel efficient Japanese cars?
        The_Zachalope
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        When you think about how police drive cars, they're not going to get peak fuel efficiency. They drive their cars like bats out of hell, and expect them to have the power to back them up. Even if they pulled a Japanese car, they're still going to get those same numbers, whether they use a Subaru Legacy H6 or a Honda Accord V6. Not to mention, the Japanese 3 don't offer police packages to US police departments.
      NickB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really sad the Carbon Motors E7 wasn't included in this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NickB
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      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Your tax dollars hard at work! 174 page report? I wonder how much that cost.
        cdigs
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pwr2lbs
        That's the wrong way to look at this as police vehicles are a significant cost to a taxpaying community. I'd rather they spend the small bit of money upfront -- compared to the cost of the vehicles -- to properly determine which vehicles will be the safest, have the best longevity, have the least maintenance costs, and so on. The cost of the report PALES in comparison to the cost of the vehicles when you consider that they'll be purchased by the dozens or even hundreds for a sizable municipality. As the old saying goes: measure twice, cut once. Due diligence always pays off.
      knillyk
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is a math error on page 75, AWD eco boost for officer Penrith Officer A. Penrith LAPD 02:01.70 02:01.16 04:14.91 34.60 the total of laps times should be 04;02:86 and avg speed more mile 36.7 mph. I was disappointed fuel consumption was not included for the new Ford PI vehicles. The v8 Caprice had the best listed fuel economy, beating v6 impala and v6 charger. Some of the results were surprising (such as Crown Vic 3:55 accelerating slower than 3:27) suggesting the particular cars were not up to spec.. Seems like the bottom line is the AWD ECO boost would be a great, but too high priced, for police pursuit.
        Levi1922
        • 3 Years Ago
        @knillyk
        "There is a math error on page 75, AWD eco boost for officer Penrith Officer A. Penrith LAPD 02:01.70 02:01.16 04:14.91 34.60 the total of laps times should be 04;02:86 and avg speed more mile 36.7 mph" hahahahahaha, out of 174 pages, you noticed that? are you for real? haha
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Levi1922
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