Prime-2020-VehicleTestBookletUpd- 4-26-21.pdf (lasd.org)

Here we have the finalized version of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department 2021 Vehicle Evaluations.
The LASD tests are often thought of as a counter-part to the Michigan State Police tests, and while there are similarities, there are just as many differences.

Tested were the:
2021 Tahoe RWD/4x4 PPV
2021 Charger V6-AWD/V8-RWD
2021 Durango V6/V8
2021 Exploder 3.3/Ecoboost/Hybrid
2021 F150 "Responder" (SSV)

LASD did not test the Dodge 1500, 2500, or 3500 SSV, nor the Chevy 1500 SSV.
Chevy and Ford do not offer any HD pickups in a Severe Service Vehicle configuration.

In this evaluation, we will note the continued problems Chevy is having getting the Tahoe to qualify. In previous tests, Chevy had issues with transmission temps, which resulted in a number of DNF results, until they rectified the problem(s). Now, for 2021, it appears as though the brakes are fading too quickly for the Tahoes to finish a number of lap tests. While the results indicate they did bring the Chevy back to retest, one would think an agency would give prudent pause before accepting bids on the highest bid-priced pursuit vehicle on the NA market.

It also also interesting to note the variances in certain ratings between trim levels, i.e., Tahoe RWD and 4x4, Charger AWD and RWD, etc. This quirk in the LASD test goes back quite some time. The most unusual application of this policy is the disqualification of the 1987 Diplomat Pursuit with ELE 4bbl, which failed to meet the 0-80 mph requirements, while an identical Plymouth Fury passed without issue.
Regardless, for 2021, the LASD rates the AWD Charger Pursuit higher, in varying degrees (and in nearly all categories) over the V8-RWD model.

When we scroll down to the City lap evaluations and Ergonomics, this is what separates the wheat from the chaff. A number of otherwise reputable squads fall on their faces in these tests. Generally, the larger, heavier units do poorly in the City laps, where the V6 Charger did quite well.
In ergonomics, the new Chevy did not fare that well, nor did the new Exploder. This is significant, as these vehicles are the primary tool used in any field officer's work during their daily shifts. The Charger took minor hits for their seats (too small, insufficient padding, a running complaint since 2006). Durango took minor hits for vision concerns.

Moving on to the ballyhooe'd F150 SSV, like any pickup, it does well in a straight line and with storage and towing. The regimen of testing with both this LASD and the Michigan State Police testing is used to reveal as many of the strengths and weaknesses in each vehicle as possible. The use of a pursuit-rated pickup as a primary enforcement vehicle remains something that I would describe as a niche of a niche. In areas where the extra ground clearance, storage, and towing demands the use of a pickup, the extra cost makes a certain degree of sense. At the same time, the Tahoe and V8 Durango also offer very nearly the same levels of utility, with the Rango coming in at a much lower cost.

What we also need to consider is how do these vehicles fit into each department's budgets and their needs. While many departments saw extra funding through the pandemic subsidies, the reality is many agencies are facing the need to replace units that were due to be decommissioned prior to the beginning of the quarantine. Since then, as we know, parts shortages and high demand have resulted in low availability, and higher bid pricing. In those respects, I think Stellantis is continuing down the right path that FCA established shortly before the merger. The Charger remains the lowest-cost, ultimate (and only) pursuit sedan, complemented by the lowest-cost SUV Durango, and also with the 1500/2500/3500 SSV models. My fearless prediction is th V6-AWD Charger Pursuit will become the biggest winner for 2021, if not 2022. It handles and brakes as well or better than the V8 model, has the same top speed, and - most importantly - the V6 does not have the considerable maintenance issues the V8 does.
If they would create a better seat for the Charger, and convince aftermarket suppliers to shrink the horrible consoles (in ALL police vehicles), then they'll have a truly outstanding product.