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Old 11-14-2014, 06:36 AM
 
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Ford Crown Victoria vehicles are reaching the end of their functional life as taxi cabs (especially since most were former police cars). What vehicles would be a good replacement. Keep in mind that the cost of fuel is always on the mind of cab companies. Back seat has to be easy to get in and out of as well as having good leg and head room. Most midsize sedans and up have good trunk space. Automatically, compact cars and smaller are out of the running. Small SUVs like the Ford Escape have been used so SUVs are in the run. Not sure the average cab companies could afford to replace their fleet with hybrid midsize sedans. Do they even make plug in hybrid sedans? Do cabs in northern climates require AWD or do they get by on winter/snow tires?

At this time I think they may go with police fleet Dodge Charger and later the Chevy Caprice police car. Four door hatchbacks or wagons would also be good due to headroom in the rear as well as luggage space.
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Modern minivans are tending to take over many city cab fleets, and around here there area lot of Prius cabs.









A number of companies are working on plug-in hybrid minivans for cab duty. And ther are already the Nissan, Ford, and Toyota plug in hybrids in taxi service:

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Old 11-14-2014, 07:27 AM
 
Location: East TX
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You really answered your own question. Midsize and up sedans work and so do minivans or compact utilities. Police fleets sell a lot of vehicles to cab companies and will continue to do so as they are inexpensive vehicles in the right size category with a relatively known maintenance history.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:07 AM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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I think the Prius makes the best city cab, whereas airport livery still need to be full-size sedans or minivans due to luggage requirements. I was surprised how spacious the backseat of the Prius was when I took a Prius cab in SF once.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:41 AM
 
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I think the Prius makes the best city cab, whereas airport livery still need to be full-size sedans or minivans due to luggage requirements. I was surprised how spacious the backseat of the Prius was when I took a Prius cab in SF once.
What about that Prius wagon looking model. It's larger than the standard Prius.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:57 AM
 
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Toyota Avalon.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:15 AM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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What about that Prius wagon looking model. It's larger than the standard Prius.
Yeah, that's true. I was thinking airports are usually further away from the city center. The highway mileage is lower than the city mileage for the Prius, but I guess 40 mpg highway on the Prius wagon is still better than any full size sedan or minivan!
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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Probably the Chevy Impala (older bodystyle) or Dodge Charger.
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Denver
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When I was in Vancouver it seemed like most cabs were a Prius.
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'd almost think the Hyundai hybrids would be in the running. The cost of entry is obviously higher, but given the miles cabs accrue I think it would pay of somewhat quickly. I'm not sure what the average lifespan of a cab is as far as mileage goes, but assume 250,000 miles and gas is around $3.25/gallon, you could easily see some major savings when you factor in a 10MPG increase.

Call a 2002 MPG 15/22 (quick Google says up to 17/25, but you're not getting that mileage on a 200,000 mile car) and a 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 34/36 (same quick search says 36/40 but I've dropped it a couple for the sake of real-world consumption), you're getting twice the MPG in town where most of the driving is done, and 11 more MPG on the highway where not much driving is done.

Crown Vic with full tank of 15.8 gallons @18 combined = 284 miles (which seems VERY low to me so I'll say 300 for argument's sake) = $.0108/mile.
Hyundai with full tank of 18.5 gal @ 36 combined = 665 miles = $.00488/mile.

Throw in the added maintenance of a police turn-in vs. a new car with some warranty, and I think you have a winner, which hurts as a Ford fan. Plus, there has to be some tax credits for commercial use of a hybrid.

If my math is wrong, please correct it. But, fueleconomy.gov says the Crown Vic would use over 2x the fuel on a trip from Charlotte, NC to Los Angeles, CA (2414 miles). I bet some cabs do that mileage in a couple weeks.
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