These Are The Most (And Least) Stolen Vehicles Right Now

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, Automotive Editor - August 2, 2019

American consumers love muscle cars and pickup trucks. Unfortunately, thieves do, too. The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) put out a list of vehicles that are the most likely to be stolen in the U.S. and four vehicles from and the top five include two muscle cars and a pickup.

The Dodge Charger with the Hemi V8 topped the list for being the vehicle with the highest claim frequencies for whole-vehicle theft with 544 relative claim frequencies. That’s 5.4 times the average number (100) of claim frequencies. Another one of Dodge’s high-powered muscle cars, the Challenger SRT Hellcat, followed closely behind with 529 claim frequencies. The other vehicles that rounded out the top five included the Infiniti Q50, Infiniti QX80, and GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab.

As HLDI’s report points out, the vehicles that were the most likely to be stolen were one of three things: pickup trucks, luxury vehicles, or cars with big engines.

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The institute also put out information on vehicles with the lowest claim frequencies, or cars that are the least likely to be stolen. Surprisingly, the BMW 3-Series was at the top of the charts with only four relative claim frequencies. Two electric vehicles from Tesla, the Model S and the Model X, were in second and third place respectively with 11 and 12 claims. The HLDI believes that the low theft rates for electric vehicles can be attributed to the fact that they have to parked close to a power supply to be recharged, which are usually indoors. The Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Encore were also in the top five.

To gather its data, the HLDI compared prices insurance companies paid for vehicles that were considered a total loss under collision coverage. Using that information, the institute then looked at payments associated with theft claims that came out to be the same price as a vehicle that was totaled with collision coverage. If the numbers matched up, it was considered to be a whole-vehicle theft claim. HDLI does have another standard theft report that looks at all types of theft claims, which include items taken from a car and vehicle parts that are stolen.

HDLI Senior Vice President Matt Moore claims that better security features are the best way to address high stolen vehicle rates. The institute points toward the Cadillac Escalade, which used to be at the top of its charts. But Cadillac added more anti-theft features for the 2015 model year, including motion detectors, glass breakage sensors, and an inclination sensor that triggers an alarm if the vehicle senses the wheels are being taken off, it's being towed, or if it's being put onto a flatbed. With the changes, the Escalade is no longer on the most-stolen list.

For a complete breakdown of the vehicles, check out the lists below.

Vehicles with the highest claim frequencies for whole-vehicle theft

2016-18 model years

  1. Dodge Charger HEMI
  2. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
  3. Infiniti QX50 4-door
  4. Infiniti QX80
  5. GMC Sierra 1500 crew-cab
  6. Dodge Challenger
  7. Nissan Maxima
  8. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew-cab
  9. Chrysler 300 four-wheel-drive
  10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4-door long-wheelbase four-wheel-drive
  11. Dodge Charger four-wheel-drive
  12. Dodge Durango four-wheel-drive
  13. Land Rover Range Rover
  14. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew-cab four-wheel-drive
  15. Dodge Charger
  16. Nissan Titan crew-cab short bed
  17. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  18. GMC Sierra 1500 crew-cab four-wheel-drive
  19. Audi A7 four-wheel-drive
  20. Infiniti QX80 four-wheel-drive

Vehicles with the lowest claim frequencies for whole-vehicle theft

2016-18 model years

  1. BMW 3-series four-door
  2. Tesla Model S four-wheel-drive
  3. Tesla Model X four-wheel-drive
  4. Chevrolet Equinox four-wheel-drive
  5. Buick Encore four-wheel-drive
  6. Subaru Legacy with EyeSight
  7. GMC Acadia
  8. Subaru Forester with EyeSight
  9. GMC Acadia four-wheel-drive
  10. Volkswagen New Beetle
  11. BMW 3-series four-door four-wheel-drive
  12. Subaru Outback with EyeSight
  13. BMW X5
  14. Subaru Crosstrek
  15. Chevrolet Traverse
  16. Subaru Crosstrek with EyeSight
  17. Lexus RX 450h four-wheel-drive
  18. Honda Odyssey
  19. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  20. Cadillac XT5

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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