Driving a police car has got to be a dream come true for every little boy…or girl.
But never in a million years did I think I’d get the chance to take one for a ride. And what a fun experience it was! The 2020 Ford Police Inceptor Utility is the new and improved police ride. And it’s a hybrid. Not the not-so-fast hybrids you’re probably imagining. Trust me, you do not want to be chased by this copper ride.
Not Your Typical Test Drive
I got to drive the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility on a test track. This is the third hybrid Ford has designed for law enforcement. The Police Interceptor outsells all other police cars, so naturally, it drew a crowd. Police officers were excited to test it out. And then there was little ‘ol me, ready to take it for a joy ride. I got to test out two cars- the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility 3.3L V6 Hybrid and the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility 3.0L Eco-Boost V6. Basically, one is faster than the other.
First, I had to put the car into drive mode which was so strange for me because I couldn’t find the shifter. Turns out it was on the steering column– a little old school for me. Then, the brakes were a bit unusual too. This car comes with a 4-wheel heavy duty braking system. It’s an anti-lock, regenerative braking system so you don’t have to push down hard on the breaks. The ride is sturdy, allowing you to go higher speeds without having to heavily brake. This was fun to test out on the track.
The 2020 Ford Police Interceptor is a Car that Keeps Our Men in Blue Safe
Aside from speed and savings in fuel, this car comes with features to keep police officers safe. Everything it is made of heavy duty materials like ultra-strength steel. It comes with all-around airbags (including side curtain airbags) that protect both driver and passengers, a rearview camera with washer, a crash alert system, pedestrian detectors and more. The 2020 Police Interceptor Utility has also been 75-mph rear impact crash tested, which is above the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard of 50-mph.
Fuel Efficient and Hybrid? Wow!
One of the greatest features the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility has is its fuel economy. Since it’s a hybrid, Ford claims that it will potentially save up to $3,509 in gas per car per year. That’s pretty huge savings!
The Explorer You Wish You Could Have
Although this car’s design is based on the Ford Explorer, it’s features are quite unique. And it’s not available to the public, of course. It’s much faster, literally made of steel and meant to serve, protect and catch the bad guys.
This heavy-duty SUV has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds as well as heavy duty 18-inch steel wheels!
And did I mention it comes with pretty lights? Sorry folks, you can’t buy that on an Explorer either. It’s reserved for law enforcement only.
*I was invited by Ford to test drive the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility. All opinions are my own.