MPD Transitions to Chevy Tahoes 6/28/12
CBS 7 News
June 28, 2012
Midland, TX - Imagine driving a SUV that's twice the size of a regular sedan and costs less to maintain.
It's exactly what the Midland Police Department is doing. They're transitioning from Ford Crown Victorias to Chevy Tahoes.
MPD Officials say that since the Crown Victoria is no longer being made, they found that the best bang for their buck would be to use Chevy Tahoes for their patrol vehicles.
It's not your average family vehicle, the Tahoe is complete with a bigger engine, upgraded suspension and wheels that makes it the perfect patrol vehicle.
“After testing several vehicles, we settled on the Chevrolet Tahoe because we believe it’ll best fit our needs,” Deputy Chief Jeff Darr with MPD said.
Chief Darr says it's just as safe as the Ford Crown Victoria.
“It has stabilization system in that makes it much more safe when we go high speeds in pursuit situations,” he said.
Not only is the car just as safe as the Crown Victoria, it costs less to maintain per mile. The Tahoe also has more cargo space, large front and back seats and the gets around the same gas mileage as the Crown Victoria
“We tested them on our driving track and they performed much better than any other vehicle out there at the time,” Darr said.
The department got nine Tahoes and Chief Darr says they plan on driving these vehicles between four and six years.