Iowa Troopers Weigh SUVs vs. Sedans

November 13, 2013

Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade PD.
Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade PD.

The Iowa State Patrol is leaning toward replacing half of its fleet of 380 marked enforcement vehicles with Ford Police Interceptor Utility SUVs to replace aging Ford Crown Victoria sedans.

The agency is now testing two Ford P.I. Utility vehicles, and the agency's fleet and supply commander has budgeted for the move. Capt. Shane Antle told The Gazette he hopes the higher resale value of the SUVs will offset the higher purchase price and fuel costs.

To replace half the fleet, the Iowa State Patrol would spend about $100,500 more on P.I. Utility vehicles, which they can acquire for $25,500 before outfitting, than if they purchased 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit sedans.

The Ford P.I. Utility and Charger Pursuit rate about the same in city miles per gallon. On the highway, Ford's vehicle gets 21 mpg compared to 25 mpg for the Charger.

Comments

  1. 1. John Tyler [ November 15, 2013 @ 09:41AM ]

    What lead to the Decision to move to the Ford SUV vehicles , i do know our Polk County Sheriff;s Dept has them and they really like the way this vehicle handles

  2. 2. John Tyler [ November 15, 2013 @ 09:41AM ]

    What lead to the Decision to move to the Ford SUV vehicles , i do know our Polk County Sheriff;s Dept has them and they really like the way this vehicle handles

  3. 3. John Tyler [ November 15, 2013 @ 09:41AM ]

    What lead to the Decision to move to the Ford SUV vehicles , i do know our Polk County Sheriff;s Dept has them and they really like the way this vehicle handles

  4. 4. John Tyler [ November 15, 2013 @ 09:41AM ]

    What lead to the Decision to move to the Ford SUV vehicles , i do know our Polk County Sheriff;s Dept has them and they really like the way this vehicle handles

  5. 5. John Tyler [ November 15, 2013 @ 09:41AM ]

    What lead to the Decision to move to the Ford SUV vehicles , i do know our Polk County Sheriff;s Dept has them and they really like the way this vehicle handles

  6. 6. john Tyler [ November 15, 2013 @ 09:42AM ]

    What lead to this Dission to move to the Ford SUV vehicle

  7. 7. Alex Alfonso [ January 07, 2014 @ 06:06PM ]

    Though I can't speak for Polk County, I can speak for the Miami-Dade Police Department in which our DUI enforcement vehicle as presented in the photo above. Our two main features that we examined was the price of the Ford utility and the rather larger payload threshold (approx 1700 lbs). Especially since we loaded a secure enclosure, computer equipment, intoxialyzer, Etc.... Google "Mdpd DUI SUV" to see the new feed on it. Good luck and be safe.

    Alex Alfonso, Mdpd Fleet Manager

 

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