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LA Police/Sheriff squad test results

by David Zatz on

The Los Angeles Police and Sheriff’s Departments have issued the results of their squad car testing, which includes a more urban-environment shakedown than the Michigan State Police. The results are similar, however; the overall performance star is the turbocharged AWD Ford, an unlikely squad in most cases due to its likely maintenance (and purchase) costs and complexity. (Test results)

The car most likely to make a hit with police departments is the Chevrolet Caprice, which managed to have the best performance of any naturally aspirated pursuit car coupled with the best gas mileage (of any car with reported gas mileage this year). The Chargers put in a credible performance though brakes were criticized by some testers (it’s worth noting that despite complaints, the brakes were still better in testing than the Ford Crown Victoria, which did not perform well in comparison to most other squads.)

In the field, many factors come into play, including buyers’ comfort and relationships with the various brands (familiarity has likely helped Ford to maintain any market share with its Crown Victoria), upseller issues or costs, projected maintenance and warranty costs, and bid prices.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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