One thing I learned long ago was that people are fascinated with police cars. Every time I have an article in our free weekly newsletter about police cruisers, it is very popular. When I got the chance to review a fully-functional 2013 Ford Interceptor, I jumped on it.
My Interceptor police tester has the 3.5-liter V6 that is producing 305-horses, and comes with a specially designed 6-speed automatic transmission. All the Ford Taurus Interceptors come with all-wheel drive for better handling and better control in inclimate weather.
The Interceptor comes with a lot of standard features like 18” wheels and police tires, and a single key that operates door, trunk, and ignition. It comes with vinyl flooring, tilt steering and steering wheel controls, power windows and locks, adjustable pedals, power driver’s seat, even a CD player and SiriusXM radio.
It is clear that Ford had two huge goals: officer safety and officer comfort. Replacing the dinosaur-like Crown Victoria Police Interceptor was a daunting task. Officers loved the Crown Vic for its interior roominess. Ford engineers were able to give our boys and girls in blue the same front seat room in the new Taurus. The gearshift is on the steering column, leaving a lot of room between the front bucket seats. The driver has a cloth front seat with lumbar support for more comfort while patrolling.
From a safety standpoint, the Interceptor is documented to be safe in a 75-mile per hour rear collision. This is huge for officer safety since these cars sit on the side of the road so often. Ford built in a Personal Safety System which tells the car’s sensors when a police officer is being shot at so that airbags are not deployed by mistake during a gunfight. It also comes with front and side airbags and safety canopy. Officers can choose from white or red interior lighting. The red lighting makes it almost impossible to see if someone is sitting in the car.
My review cruiser is black with a white vinyl wrap from the factory. Don’t try to get out of the back seat, the doors won’t open and you can’t unlock them from there. The back seat was not built for prisoner comfort, it’s pretty tight and separates the back seat from the front with a heavy metal cage.
I drove this car pretty hard to test acceleration, which was good. The beauty part of this car is the handling. It makes tight, precise u-turns and when powering into a curve, you can literally feel the all-wheel system and the traction control working in tandem to grip the road. When aggressively driving, the transmission is designed to hold the proper gear for the best acceleration and no loss of power.
Officers will like the voice-activated Sync system, which will cut down on driver distraction. They will love the interior layout, the comfort of the seating, and the cavernous trunk that has a locking compartment for evidence.
I have not reviewed any other squad cars, and probably won’t get the chance, but I can’t imagine a better, safer, or more well thought out car for our police officers.
What I liked most: Interior layout and handling.
What I would change: I’d love for the public to be able to buy this car.
Fuel Economy: Rated at 17 in town, 24 on the highway.
Warranty: 3 year/36000 bumper-to-bumper.
2013 Ford Police Interceptor in a few words: Well thought out for safety and comfort, something our police officers deserve a lot more of.