Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder Earn Pursuit Ratings from Michigan State Police
Inevitabilities: birth, taxes, the creeping dread that the world may actually be a terrible place full of terrible people, and the Ford LEO vehicles tearing it up in Michigan State Police testing. This time out, the new 2019 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and 2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder are the stars of the show, earning confirmation for their claims of being the first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle and first-ever pursuit-rated full-size pickup truck, respectively.
“Our new Fusion-based Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is quicker than our legendary V8-powered Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, while offering fuel efficiency that’s estimated to be double that,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Plus, our new F-150 Police Responder offers police customers both on-road pursuit and off-road capability.”
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Indeed, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan bested the Crown Victoria’s 0-100 mph time of 24.4 seconds by 1.3 seconds, all while providing a projected 40/36/39 mpg city/highway/combined—twice as efficient in the city and combined as the Crown Vic. EPA estimates have not yet been confirmed.
In order for a vehicle to earn pursuit ratings from the Michigan State Police, it must excel in a 32-lap pursuit simulation at Grattan Raceway and perform up to expectation in vehicle durability testing.
While the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and F-150 Police Responder were the highlights, the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility confirmed their supremacy yet again. The Interceptor Sedan earned the quickest 0-60 mph time of all police vehicles (5.6 seconds) for a sixth consecutive year, while the Interceptor SUV was once again the fastest in its class by making the sprint in 6.3 seconds—the same as the F-150 Police Responder. The Police Interceptor Sedan also nailed down fastest overall lap and fastest average lap.
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