Seattle PD's SUVs Cut Maintenance Costs

August 12, 2015

Photo via SGTSAM49.
Photo via SGTSAM49.

The Seattle Police Department has added 90 Ford Police Interceptor Utility patrol vehicles to its fleet in an ongoing initiative to replace less-fuel-efficient Crown Victoria units.

The department chose the vehicle because it provides slightly better fuel economy than the Crown Vics and should be significantly more affordable to maintain.

The agency opted for the all-wheel-drive P.I. Utility based on the Ford Explorer that gets an EPA-rated 17 mpg city. The 2011 Crown Vic gets an EPA-rated 16 mpg city. In agency testing, the new units averaged 8.4 mpg compared to 6.7 mpg for the Crown Vics due to constant idling, reports the Seattle Times.

The P.I. Utility is expected to cost 23 cents per mile to maintain, while the Crown Vics cost the city 40 cents per mile. The department's fleet now consists of 135 Crown Vics and 90 Ford Police Interceptor sedans, in addition to the new vehicles.


  1. 1. Ryan [ August 12, 2015 @ 11:49AM ]

    It strikes me odd that the City would compare a 2011 Crown Vic to a 2015 Ford PI Utility for fuel mileage. If fuel economy is the goal you should compare a new Ford PI Sedan or Chevrolet Caprice sedan (both have EPA rated 18 city) with a Ford PI Utility (EPA rated 16 not 17 as indicated by article), the sedan would be the better choice, Perhaps the story should concentrate more on the justification for an SUV instead of showing data that is pointless.


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