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Police Vehicle Evaluation Model Year 2016

NCJ Number
Date Published
January 2016
121 pages

The Michigan State Police Vehicle Test Team reports its results from testing 15 police vehicles and 5 police motorcycles for the 2016 model year.


The vehicles tested are the Chevrolet Caprice 3.6L RWD and 6.0L RWD; Chevrolet Impala 3.6 L FWD; Chevrolet Impala 3.6L FWD; Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3L RWD and 5.3L 4WD; Dodge Charger 3.6L 2.62 RWD, 3.6L 3.08 RWD, 5.7L 2.62 RWD, and 5.7L 3.08 AWD; Ford Pl Sedan 3.5L FWD, 3.7 L AWD, 3.5L Ecoboost AWD, 2.0L Ecoboost FWD, Utility 3.7L AWD, and Utility 3.5L Ecoboost AWD. The motorcycles are BMW R 1200 RT-P; Can-AM Spyder F3; Harley-Davidson FLHTP (Electra Glide) and FLHP (Road King); and Zero DSP ZF 12.5 ABS. All the cars were tested with a clean roof (no overhead light or light bar) and without "A" pillar mount spotlights. Vehicle dynamics testing was designed to determine each vehicle's high-speed pursuit or emergency response handling characteristics and performance compared to the other vehicles in the test group. Acceleration testing was designed to determine the ability of each vehicle to accelerate from a standing start to 60 mph, 80 mph, and 100 mph, as well as the distance to reach 100 mph and 120 mph. Top speed testing was designed to determine the top speed attainable by each test vehicle within a distance of 14 miles from a standing start. Brake testing was designed to determine the deceleration rate attained by each test vehicle on twenty 60 - 0 mph full ABS stops. Each vehicle is scored on the average deceleration rate achieved. Vehicles were also tested for ergonomics and communications and fuel economy. Motorcycles were tested for dynamics, acceleration and top speed, and brakes. Extensive tables and figures

Date Published: January 1, 2016