Q&A: Opinion: Do you think Ford Mustangs would make good patrol cars?

Question by : Opinion: Do you think Ford Mustangs would make good patrol cars?
I will hate to see the Crown Victoria go, but it is what it is. I was enthusiastic about replacing them with Dodge Chargers until the 2011 model came out – the single, unibrow-looking tail light ruined the design, I thought, and I am similarly unconvinced by the new Taurus-based Interceptor and the Chevy Caprice police package. The one car that I think could do well in the future, though, is the Ford Mustang. I realize that some departments already utilize the Mustang for special purposes (racing enforcement, D.A.R.E., etc.), but I’m talking about replacing the aging Crown Vics almost entirely with Mustangs. Most would ask, Why on Earth would you choose that car? It’s not even designed to be a police cruiser! However, I’ve thought of a few reasons why it might work:

1) It costs about the same as any other car (in the neighborhood of $ 20-30,000);
2) It has Ford SYNC;
3) It has a rear seat to accomodate prisoners (the backseat isn’t roomy, but comfort isn’t exactly the
idea);
4) It has sufficient trunk space to hold most standard equipment;
5) It can do up to 146 mph, about 20 mph faster than the Crown Vic and about 10 mph faster than the
Charger;
6) It is considered the most fuel-efficient sports car on the market, getting up to 19 mpg city and 31
mpg highway; and
7) It is simply a sleek, attractively-designed car.

I’d like to hear your opinions on the matter, whether or not you’re in law enforcement. If you think you’ve found a flaw in my logic, please let me know. I’m always eager to hear others’ thoughts and constructive criticism.
Also, remember that in any police vehicle, the center console is usually removed entirely to make room for the laptop and shotgun/patrol rifle. The shift stick is moved to the steering column. In the Ford Mustang, this arrangement would fit in just fine, and would not be cramped any more than, say, the Charger.

Also, the back seat in a Mustang is larger than one might think at first glance – it’s about as large as the front seat. If you’re transporting a prisoner sitting up, it wouldn’t hurt to custom order the rear seat with a few inches shaved off to make way for the bulky prisoner cage. If they’re lying down…well, same thing.

After all, you’re not their chauffeur driving them to the country club; you’re a cop driving them downtown for booking.
Here is an image of the interior of the 2012 Mustang. It shows the room for a laptop and big guns if the center console were removed in the front, and the larger-than-imagined seats in the back, which could easily be trimmed to fit a cage:

http://image.motortrend.com/f/38192238+w786+ar1/2012-ford-mustang-interior.jpg

Best answer:

Answer by Rachel
I love mustangs more than any other car on earth. Cops would be better off with them like you said with all they have to offer, including speed. They would be bad in the snow though. But other than that, I say great idea!

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6 Responses to Q&A: Opinion: Do you think Ford Mustangs would make good patrol cars?

  1. Floyd G says:

    Our state switched to Dodge Chargers for both highway patrol and city police. I pity the fools who spent good money on those piles of garbage.

    As for the Mustang, it is wholly impractical as a general police vehicle. Without back seats to secure prisoners, they are little more than chase cars. That’s why the Crown Vic was the king of patrol cars. Whatever the police chose, you can bet they will have four doors.

  2. casey says:

    Yes there is already police departments that use Ford mustangs.

  3. Les S says:

    Not for urban policing. A real city cop gets in and out of the car 60-80 times a 8 hours shift.
    Mustang simply to hard to get in and out of, especially with 25 pounds of stuff sticking out of the belt.
    No room for a cage for prisoner transport, Actually unsafe to try to load anyone into a two door back seat.
    Sync does not match up with police mdt.
    Speed is not needed for urban cop.

    Might be nice for highway guys but better off using it with DARE guys and officer friendly types to impress the children, not for real cops to do police work with.

  4. Chris Rigdon says:

    I think its stupid they quit making the crown vic, im not a FORD person at all, but i love these cars.. On the other hand i really dont think that the mustang would make that good of a patrol car.. they crash horribly, and if im not mistaken are unibody and front wheel drive..as far as the Charger goes….. well personally i HATE chrysler products as they always have known to have transmission problems.. BRING BACK THE CROWN VIC.. Fuel efficiency isnt anything when it comes to reliability!!!

  5. CogitoErgoCogitoSum says:

    No, I dont. Imagine the police in pursuit of the bad guy… suddenly breaking down. Patrol cars are required to be well maintained, for performance and reliability. I have yet to see a ford that was either of those, even in peak condition.

  6. MikeTL says:

    The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camero are both used as police cars. The Dodge charger will continue to be the predominent choice for many departments. Looks are not a concern to police departments, fucntionality and safety is our concern.

    1. The Mustang is Incredibly expensive. You are posting base model figures. Police package (or Special Service Package – depending on the company) vehicles are fairly cheap by comparison. That said by the time they add the equipment your looking at a butt load of money. A fully upfitted Crown Vic in our department costs $ 60,000 by the time it hits the street – and we reuse a lot of equipment. Also keep in mind that we don’t buy cars from dealerships, we are government so we must purchase them through our State procurement office. Typically a Crown Vic car costs the dept. $ 12,000 from the state procurement office. A mustang would probably cost about $ 18,000.

    2. Ford SYNC or anything else is not useful to us and would most likely be deleted as an option. Our MDT’s do everything that we need.

    3. The rear seat is actually a big concern for us. While suspect comfort is not our priority, we need to ensure that how we transport them won’t cause further injury. At my old department we booked our misdemeanor suspects into jails in another county due to jail overcrowding. The was a 60 minute transport time one way. Ford Mustangs don’t have adequate back seats for the job. Come to think of it I don’t think I have ever seen a 4 door Mustang (we don’t use them here).

    4. The trunk space in a Mustang is pretty limited actually and is not designed for police work. Actually the car with the best trunk space is the Impala. Trunk space is department specific though. In my old department it would have been inadequate.

    5. The Crown Vic is speed limited to 140mph by a limiter. Yes I have had my crown vic that fast in EVOC and no I don’t want to go that fast again. In our job Speed is not a concern. There are plenty of vehicles that are faster than crown vics and mustangs. Technique and training is more effective at catching suspects then driving a 150mph. There are more of us than there are of the fleeing suspect

    6. Your not taking into account the police equipment. A lightbar, spotlights, pushbumper, etc. all reduce fuel economy. We also don’t use stock tires or brakes and a pursuit engine is not stock. Our police package Crown Vics with lightbars get about 18mpg in the city. A mustang would be reduced to about 15mpg.

    7. Again, looks don’t come before functionality. A patrol car has to be efficient and safe. If it is not safe then it is worthless.

    I have never driven a Ford Mustang as a patrol car. What I can say is no department within 100 miles of me uses them or has them in their fleet. In fact I didn’t even see them offered on the state bid.

    Do they have their place? Sure. However their place is not a general patrol car. The new Taurus and Caprice will be better suited for that role as both are designed from the ground up for the patrol officer. It has been my experience that the public is not happy with us when we show up to calls in fancy sports cars. Especially when said public is lower income. We have a hard enough time with the Chargers. The public wants and expects their tax dollars to be used wisely. Buying sports cars that don’t fulfill a need is not a wise expenditure of tax funds.

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