After over 30 years, the Ford Crown Victoria is finally retiring from police duty.
The Ford Crown Victoria is one of the most prolific police cars of all time. Break a traffic law in the US during the 1980s and 1990s, and there will almost certainly be a Ford Crown Victoria with blue flashing lights on your tail. But now, over 30 years since it was deployed, the iconic cop car is finally ready for retirement.
Technically, the Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor ended production in 2011, but the California Highway Patrol has kept a few in its fleet since then. But not anymore. This week, the California Highway Patrol announced it has officially retired the Ford Crown Victoria from police duty, marking the end of an era.
The iconic cop car has been patrolling the streets of California since 1984. "Thank you for assisting the California Highway Patrol in providing the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California," the department wrote in a Facebook post commemorating the Crown Vic's legacy. Before they were retired, eight Crown Victorias were still used by the CHP Headquarters in Sacramento for patrol and another seven were used to train officers.
Since the Crown Vic was discontinued in 2011, police departments have upgraded to more modern patrol cars to catch criminals, from the Dodge Charger Pursuit, which is currently America's best-selling police car, and Dodge Durango Pursuit, to the Ford Police Interceptor Utility.
Based on the new Ford Explorer, the Police Interceptor Utility was updated for the 2020 model year and is powered by either a 3.3-liter hybrid producing a combined 318 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque, a 3.0-liter EcoBoost rated at 400 hp and 415-lb-ft, or a 3.3-liter V6 with 285 hp and 260-lb-ft on tap. Each engine is paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. Time will tell if the Ford Police Interceptor is still in service after 36 years like the Crown Victoria was.