Ford’s nonpursuit police car gets good mileage image

Ford’s newest police car, a model not designed for high-speed chases, will get 24 miles per gallon in combined city/highway driving, according to Environmental Protection Agency certification.

The special service police sedan is not for regular patrol officers, but for detectives, administrators and other law enforcement personnel who don’t need to engage in chases. The improved mileage can help cut fuel costs.

The police-equipped Taurus has an EPA certification of 20 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway. Dodge and Chevrolet police cruisers are EPA-rated at 21 mpg combined.

Ford achieves its fuel efficiency with a 2-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, augmenting the choice of three V6s already offered in the Police Interceptor sedan lineup.

By Ford’s calculations, the special service sedan, driven 30,000 miles per year, would net savings of $1,720 over three years if gasoline prices averaged $3.21 per gallon. For a fleet of 150 vehicles, the savings could be more than $500,000.