A wholesale buyer and seller of used fleet vehicles has named the Ford Crown Victoria as the best police cruiser of all time.
New York-based Haloid Fleet awarded the iconic vehicle with that distinction after "a thorough review of the vehicle’s performance, safety and reliability, and overall cost," according to a company new release.
Haloid said the Crown Vic, which was produced from 1983 until 2011, outranked other police cruiser models for these
- Performance: The cruiser "maintained pursuit speeds with low-roll-over risk and superior handling," and it could take the punishment of hitting curbs.
- Convenience: A large cabin and trunk made carrying gear easy.
- Safety: The Crown Vic was able to survive collisions thanks to a "heavy-duty body-on-frame platform."
- Reliability: Maybe the best "ability" a car can have, and the lifespan of the vehicle—if properly maintained—could exceed 200,000 miles.
- Cost: Overall, the car "was inexpensive to buy and operate, costing nearly 70% less to own and operate than today’s vehicles."
"Many industry observers will question our recognition. But if you consider the Crown Victoria in terms of cost, reliability, and utility, it’s easy to understand why we chose it," Haloid spokesman George Martinez stated in the release. "It did the job it needed to at a much lower cost than today’s vehicles. Many cash-strapped public safety agencies would love to buy these vehicles today.”
Ford Motor Co. will receive a plaque honoring the Crown Victoria.