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Ford Police Interceptor Utility Ditched By Another Department

Ford has long had a stranglehold on the police vehicle market, and that didn’t change even as it transitioned away from the Crown Victoria and into a new era with the Ford Explorer-based Ford Police Interceptor Utility. In fact, that crossover continues to be the best-selling police vehicle in the U.S., but it has also faced its fair share of problems as of late. Aside from dealing with lawsuits pertaining to exhaust leaks and recalls, the Ford Police Interceptor Utility has also been plagued with supply chain issues that prompted more than one police department to cancel their orders. Now, another law enforcement agency is set to join that list – the Kalamazoo Police Department in Michigan, according to MLive.

Previously, the Kalamazoo Police Department had a rather large fleet of Ford Police Interceptor Utility models in its fleet, but that began to change last year, when the department purchased 10 Dodge Durangos to serve as front-line patrol vehicles, replacing the Blue Oval crossovers in that regard. This decision was made as the Durangos were $1,700 cheaper to purchase and experience fewer mechanical issues, according to KDPS Police Chief David Boysen.

Now, the department is getting even more Durangos – 12 in total, which will be purchased from LaFontaine Dodge in Lansing – as it continues to phase out the Police Interceptor Utility. Currently, KDPS has 41 vehicles in its fleet, but those must be replaced every three years due to excessive wear and tear incurred from operating them 24 hours a day.

According to KDPS, the department performed quite a bit of research before making this decision, along with data collected by the Michigan State Police, and made the determination that the Durango will be a more reliable and less expensive vehicle to operate. As for the remaining Fords in its fleet, those models are expected to be phased out in the coming months, too.

We’ll have more on the Ford Police Interceptor Utility soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Explorer news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. John Tupper

    The Ford quality issues need to be solved sooner than later. Focus on the feedback you’ve received from your customers and address those issues.

    1. Robert Paustian Jr.

      That’s right

  2. Rich

    Farley hasn’t been doing a very good job. He wasted all that money on sucking up to the Biden Crooks on defunct EVs when he should have been pay attention to the real market that got them here. ICEs and clean burn technology.

    1. FLP

      So true!

    2. Robert Paustian Jr.

      so true

    3. 19BULLITT

      With record profits I’d says that’s a lame excuse.

    4. Plains States Patriots

      Oh, wow…..someone needs a hug and a time-out.
      KKKonservatives sure have some deeply challenging Mommy Issues……

  3. FLP

    Moore OK PD runs over 30 Explorer Police Interceptors because they have so few problems with them. I talked to their city buyer!

  4. No

    Durango is ending production in 2024, doh!

  5. 19BULLITT

    Wait, why did you call the Explorer a crossover?

    1. Dmh

      Because technically it is. Unibody “SUVs” sre crossovers.

      1. IL2PA

        Current explorer is body on frame previous was unibody

        1. Mf

          It’s still a unibody. It’s RWD based, but it’s still unibody.


    Oddly most police agencies I know, hate the Durango and its overall reliability. Tahoe and Explores are proven in durability testing. Someone is probably getting a cut of the Durango sales. I bet in 3 years the Durango costs more that $1,700 over the Explorer.


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