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Kevin Powers | PoliceLink

Chevrolet Tahoe

full-sized SUV is now built with a V8, 5.3L engine and plenty of room for gear. The six-speed can carry a full load of people or equipment, but gets a relatively low 21 mpg highway.

The Tahoe is offered in two versions for police officers: four-wheel and two-wheel-drive.

The four-wheel version is advertised as a “Special Service Vehicle” and is preferred by agencies where snow, ice and other rough terrain are common. Although rouged and powerful, it rides high and isn’t suitable for high-speed pursuits.

The two-wheel drive version can be used during police pursuits because it sits lower than the four-wheel version. Highway patrol agencies prefer the two-wheel version as it’s the only SUV on the market that is pursuit-rated.

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  • 44magday149_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I hope the new Caprice will be as good as or better than the last one. When the LT1 got added (as well as 4 wheel disc brakes and passenger airbag) in 94, the 94-96 Caprice 9C1 became an immediate hit. The LT1 produces 260hp and 330 lb/ft of tq which really helped move the full-frame car past the Clown Vic.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    The only reasons this car sold to police agencies was that it was the only full size rear drive sedan sold for police services and it was cheap. It is one of the poorest handling and slowest patrol cars I drove in 27 years of law enforcement. The Chevy Caprice LT1 (1993-1995) was the best performing, handling and roomiest patrol car of all times. Maybe the new Caprice will be as good.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    The Crown Vics we have slide around on the slightest wet roads. The Dodge Chargers are beasts in their handling capabilities in comparison, I've found.

  • Nyg_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I think the Charger is the toughest car I have seen in the past 20 years I have been on the job...

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