California Highway Patrol chooses the Ford Explorer to replace the Crown Vic
The announcement by the California Highway Patrol to replace their fleet of Crown Vics with the new Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility may come as a surprise to many, considering the deep pool of new cop cars on the market. Unfortunately for the Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor, the Dodge Charger Pursuit and the Chevrolet Caprice PPV, the CHP now requires that their vehicles be able to carry four fully equipped officers. Four officers and their gear can weight up around 1,700 pounds and no option in the new lineup of cop cars offers a weight rating to carry those loads. However, the Ford Explorer can easily carry that load so the new Police Interceptor Utility got the thumbs of from the CHP.
Due to the requirements of the CHP cruisers to carry such a large load, the group considering new models only looked at the Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility and the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV. The Dodge Durango Pursuit was not considered because it arrived too late and the decision process was too far along to squeeze in the Dodge SUV. The Police Interceptor Utility bested the Tahoe PPV in the majority of the testing procedures so the CHP board has decided to pick the Ford Explorer as the next highway cruiser.