Ford F-150 Out Sprints Chevy Tahoe in Police Truck Shootout

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F-150 offers more hauling capacity and significantly better acceleration than the big Chevy SUV.

Each year, the Michigan State Police test all of the new special service vehicles on the market and recently, the MSP recently compared the pursuit-rated versions of the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Tahoe. According to TFL Truck, the MSP  pitted the Ford F-150Police Responder 3.5L EcoBoost and the Chevrolet Tahoe SSV 5.3L 4WDhead-to-head, with the V6-powered pickup proving to be quite a bit quicker than the V8-powered sport utility vehicle.

Testing Details

As part of their report on the Michigan State Police testing, TFL Truck included the follow bit, which outlines the configuration of the test vehicles.

“All the patrol vehicles were tested with a clean roof (no overhead light or light bar) and without “A” pillar mount spotlights. We believe this is the best way to ensure all the vehicles are tested on an equal basis. Remember that once overhead lights, spotlights, radio antennas, sirens,and other emergency equipment are installed, overall performance may be somewhat lower than we report.

Each vehicle was tested with the tires that are available as original equipment on the production model. Specific tire information for each vehicle is available in the Vehicle Description portion of this report. All vehicles listed in this report were equipped with electronic speed limiters unless otherwise noted, or with the exception of certain motorcycles.”

The F-150 and Tahoe were tested on the same day, so weather conditions were consistent. The vehicles are measured on distance take to reach100 miles per hour, top speed, distance taken to reach top speed, time taken to reach top speed and the time taken to sprint from a stop to 60 miles per hour.

The Battles

In the race to 100 miles per hour, the F-150 only took 0.28 miles while the Tahoe took 0.35 miles and in the spring to 60, the Ford was considerably quicker. Each vehicle made five runs from a stop to 60, with the Ford getting there in 6.78 seconds while the Chevy’s best time was 7.68 seconds, making the half-ton pickup almost a second quicker in a sprint from 0 to 60.

In the top speed battle, the Chevy had a pretty big advantage, hitting 121 miles per hour while the F-150 reached 106 miles per hour, but acceleration still favored the pickup. It only took the truck 0.42miles to get to 106 while the SUV took almost twice as much distance to go 15miles per hour faster.

The bottom line with the MSP testing is that on a long highway chase, the Chevrolet Tahoe SSV 5.3L 4WD head might be the better pursuit vehicle, but on a short sprint, the Ford F-150 Police Responder 3.5L EcoBoost is the clear winner.

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