Ford Crown Victoria named the best police car ever

Written by Sarah Roebuck

DEARBORN, MI – The Ford Crown Victoria, produced by Ford Motor Company, has been named Best Police Car Ever by Haloid Fleet, according to a company press release.

This recognition comes as a result of a comprehensive evaluation of the vehicle’s performance, safety, reliability and overall cost.

Although production ended in 2011, the Crown Victoria outperforms contemporary pursuit vehicles in the Haloid Fleet evaluation, driven by a combination of factors:

  • Performance: Maintained pursuit speeds with low rollover risk and superior handling; It also suffered only minor damage when colliding with barriers.
  • CONVENIENCE: Offers a large trunk and large compartment with ample room for police gear.
  • SAFETY: Heavy-duty body-on-frame platform kept the vehicle safe in the event of collisions.
  • Reliability: The service life of a properly maintained Crown Victoria easily exceeds 200,000 miles.
  • Cost: Their simple features, reusable and readily available parts, and long production cycles meant that they were inexpensive to purchase and operate, with the cost of owning and operating approximately 70% lower than existing vehicles.

TELL US: If you’ve ever driven a Crown Vic on patrol, tell us what you liked most about this iconic vehicle. Submit your comment below.

“Many industry observers will question our judgment. But if you look at the Crown Victoria in terms of cost, reliability and utility, it’s easy to understand why we chose it. It did the job at a much lower cost than modern Corvettes. Lots of cash — and a lot of cash — said Jorge Martinez, spokesman. Bassem Haloid, in a press release, said bonded public safety agencies would like to purchase these vehicles today.

While the Crown Victoria is receiving high praise, you shouldn’t expect this iconic car to make a comeback. Current federal fuel regulations and historically low sales volumes make reviving Crown Victoria production impossible. However, as modern pursuit vehicles see costs rise due to advanced technology and complex drivetrains, Crown Victoria’s legacy of reliable, affordable manufacturing, which began in 1983, continues to resonate.

Police1 readers share what they loved most about the Crown Vic

  • I’ve only driven one for 17 years. She abused them, as anyone she worked with, including the store, can attest. They were all indestructible, only one engine and two transmissions blew up usually driving the same car for years, so the abuse was constant and it kept taking over. It was such a great car that I bought a low mileage personal car (2002 46k miles). This is a good car. I can’t believe Ford stopped making them. Take it back and don’t change much Ford!
  • I still ride three of them, I can’t get enough. I hit a deer at 45 with no damage to the car. I can’t say enough how amazing they are.
  • The Crown Vic has great performance power and excellent cornering ability. I drove one in the early 90’s.
  • It was solid and held the road. It was a big boat but it didn’t float like a caprice. It provided a lot of protection for the cover. One anecdote: He was chased by a Ferrari one night on I-171 in Fort Worth and arrested. I let the guy go with a warning telling him I caught him with an old Crown Vic with over 100k miles on it. He asked why and I told him it wasn’t his father’s V8 under that hood. It was a great car.
  • Great K-9 vehicle. All your gear fits in the trunk of your car. As long as you perform all required maintenance and repairs, your Crown Victoria will last for many years. Both had over 250,000 miles on them before I was required to return them to the county I was working for.
  • First and foremost, it was a car, as in a police car. Not a long wagon/truck (now called an SUV or crossover). It was rear wheel drive, handled very well with a great turning radius and the power a police car should have. Did I mention it was a car!
  • Several years ago I was driving through some very tough neighborhoods. That car was my friend.
  • Not much. In my experience, the Chevy Caprice outperforms the Crown Vic in acceleration, braking, passenger room, and trunk space. The Caprice also has a larger alternator to keep up with the police car’s extra lights.
  • Beautiful highway car.
  • The Crown Vic was a very stable platform. It has been a very reliable mine as long as it is taken care of. There was also ample space. I also liked how the rear-wheel drive car excelled at driving on snow and ice. I teach EVOC at ID POST and we use an older Crown Vic as a rabbit car during the chase course.

  • Still drives a 2005 P71, $239,000 and it’s still a beast. The only problem with these cars is the poor amount of plastic. They were all broken and that was a $1000 repair job. Other than that, Tiger 4ever platform!

  • Very roomy, excellent handling, reliable and the air conditioning got cold enough to hang a side of beef inside (definitely a plus for working in Florida).

  • You can’t beat a body-on-frame, rear-wheel drive car for sturdiness, durability, and a great driving experience. The Crown Victoria had all that and Ford kept that platform long after Chrysler and Chevrolet stopped making it. Although the Chevrolet and Chrysler counterparts were more or less identical, Ford deserves top honors for keeping the car body together beyond the others (1989 Chrysler and 1996 Chevrolet). Alternative vehicles are not the same. For example, the Impala was referred to as the “Wimpala” by the Ford guys.

  • I own 99 white. p. 71. I loved that car. I saw the newer model and got the detective car. He still has it. It has 160,000 miles and is in like new condition. I like the push button in the middle of the dashboard for the trunk and the headlight above the head. Put the cold air kit on it and you can hear the Crown Vic sound. The 235 55 R17 tires wrap over the shock knobs nicely. Never sell it!

  • I drove them because they were boxes, big room and vision. When I retired in 2018, I bought my 2010 car. I love this monster and I call it Battlestar Galactica. The best police car ever made

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