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First Drive: 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan & Utility

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2013 Ford Police Interceptors

Ford recently invited us to a media event at Citi Field, where we had a chance to drive the new 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility, along with the outgoing Crown Victoria police car for comparison.

Building on 15 years of experience and working hand-in-hand with its Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, Ford introduced the all-new Police Interceptor sedan and utility to further grow its legacy of leadership in this segment.

Specially designed and engineered to handle the rigors of police work, the new Police Interceptors are available with efficient powertrain packages that provide more performance and better fuel economy. The powertrains are paired with standard and exclusive all-wheel drive for optimized traction and control.

2013 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan

Of course, the big question on everyone’s mind – Are the new cars up to the task? Can the new V6 engines hang with the old V8? And isn’t RWD a must for a police car?

To settle those concerns, Ford setup 3 different handling courses for us to drive, letting us drive the old and new cars back to back.. A chance for me to channel my inner Mahoney! 🙂

Driving the old Crown Vic first, I was surprised at how well it performed. But once I got behind the wheel of the new Interceptors, it was game over. The V6 engines provided more than enough power (especially the EcoBoost with 365HP and 350 lb-ft of torque), and the AWD system really improves the control and handling of the car.

2013 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

This time around, Ford is offering the Police Interceptor in SUV form as well. Many agencies already have SUVs in their fleets, but none that were specifically engineered for police duty. The Police Interceptor Utility was developed with this in mind. In addition, cavernous carry-all room makes the Utility the perfect choice for K-9 officers and SWAT team members with gear.

Better still, it outperforms the outgoing Crown Vic, while delivering equal or better fuel economy. But what about the handling? Anyone that’s driven an SUV knows that you give up some handling in the process. Not so with the Utility.

Need proof? I shot some quick video of the Police Interceptor Utility running the course, and as you can see, there’s absolutely no body lean, handling corners like a champ:

Overall, I was really impressed with the new Police Interceptor. It’s pretty crazy how much thought goes into these vehicles, focused on the police’s specific and unique needs. Front seats have been specially designed, with a lower bolster removed to better accommodate officers’ utility belts. Inserted into the seatback are anti-stab plates, designed to protect front-seat occupants!

Apparently we’re not the only ones who were impressed. The city of Chicago announced that they’re buying 500 Police Interceptor sedans and utility vehicles, the largest commitment to date for the all-new vehicle!

Our only complaints? Regular civilians can’t buy a Police Interceptor of their own. 🙁

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, the definitive men's lifestyle blog, and he's one of the biggest car enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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6 Comments

  1. Ron E46

    March 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Looks like you had a blast. Did they drag race any cars to show overtaking speed?

    • Sujeet

      March 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

      No drag racing, but the one track was setup so you could really get up to speed before the first turn. In the new car, I was easily going 10-15mph faster.

  2. Francesco

    March 22, 2012 at 7:29 am

    AWD is definitely a must. I wonder why they never implemented that in past vehicles?

    • Sujeet

      March 22, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Honestly, I just don’t think the technology was there at the time. The AWD system on this car is pretty insane, even better than the system on my WRX!

  3. Flounder

    March 22, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    The public does not have access, but those with Ford Fleet accounts do! You can buy them with or without the light bars and recently got to test drive the Ecoboost Utility. The thing hauls some serious ass… If you want one, consider becoming a volunteer fireman. Thats how I’m getting mine!

  4. Rog

    April 6, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I drove the car at Giants stadium also and was very impressed with the Fords. The Ford AWD performance on the courses was hands down better handling than a RWD only platform. The larger brakes really stood out compared to what Im used to with the CV. Usually when I have been pushing hard on my CV to a hot call, by the time I get there the brake are mush. These cars were beat on all day in 80 degree heat and there was no sign of fade.

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