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Chargers favored by police fleet

by David Zatz on

With numerous states and municipalities adopting the Dodge Charger as a police car, one fleet manager told  Allpar that he was very satisfied with it, and that transmission failures were practically non-existent; downtime has been dramatically reduced since they switched to Dodge cars. He also said that he had never met an officer who did not like the Chargers, and “When officers love a car like the Charger, cost per mile is lower.”

Dodge Chargers for the police differ from civilian units, with special provisions for equipment and seating; police Chargers also have much stiffer suspensions and use the five-speed automatic regardless of engine, while civilians get the eight-speed with the V6.

Charger has outperformed the old Ford Crown Victoria police cars since the first comparisons in 2006; and while Charger has done well in recent tests in Michigan, California, and Virginia, one new rival, the Chevrolet Caprice, did poorly at the ALERT tests in Virginia despite initially strong results in Michigan. The Virginia testing also showed severe understeer in the Ford Utility and Ford Taurus. Retired law enforcement professional Curtis Redgap noted that the Ford Utility is a relatively low-priced alternative; it has been picked up by the California Highway Patrol, which was once known for taking the best police cars rather than the lowest bids.

Note: the pictured Charger is not from the same state as the fleet manager.

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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