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The Most Stolen Cars in America

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If you own a Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger or Infiniti Q50, you may want to keep your eyes peeled — they’re the most stolen cars in America.

Those three automobiles are reported stolen nearly five times more than the average 2016-2018 make and model, according to a new report by the Highway Loss Data Institute. They, and nearly all of the other 17 that round out the HLDI’s top 20 list of most-stolen vehicles, all share something in common. They either feature big engines, are luxury vehicles or are pickups.

“The models most likely to be stolen tend to be powerful, pricey or pickups,” said Matt Moore, a senior vice president of HLDI. “But vehicle theft is also a crime of opportunity.”

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So, is your car also the apple of a robber’s eye?

Vehicles With the Highest Claim Frequencies for Theft
(2016-18 model years)

  1. Dodge Charger HEMI
  2. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
  3. Infiniti Q50 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 4WD
  10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4-door long-wheelbase 4WD
  11. Dodge Charger 4WD
  12. Dodge Durango 4WD
  13. Land Rover Range Rover
  14. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab 4WD
  15. Dodge Charger Large
  16. Nissan Titan crew cab short bed
  17. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  18. GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab 4WD
  19. Audi A7 4WD
  20. Infiniti QX80 4WD

The HLDI report, which is based on whole-vehicle theft insurance claims, also lists the cars and trucks least likely to be stolen. That ranking is topped by the BMW 3-Series 4-door and two Tesla models, the S and X 4WD models. As the report notes, the lack of Tesla thefts may speak to the fact that, as electric vehicles, they’re often in garages or parked near a home’s power source.

Surprisingly, the Cadillac Escalade, which previously dominated HLDI’s rankings of most-stolen cars, is absent from the top 20 most-stolen list. This absence may speak to the increased amount of competition in the large, luxury SUV arena, including the Land Rover Range Rover and Infiniti QX80, the report notes.

Vehicles With the Lowest Claim Frequencies for Theft
(2016-18 model years)

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

What do you think thieves look for when they’re looking for an easy mark? Let us know in the comments below. 

Comments
  • Allison S.

    What would be interesting to note is the number of vehicles stolen as a percentage of that vehicle. So, BMW 3-series is best but is that 10 out of 100 or 10 out of 1,000? That makes a difference rather than just the pure number of stolen vehicles. And there are relatively few Teslas compared to a Dodge Charger.

    • Jerry A.

      Those are all great points, Allison, thanks so much for reading. The report measured the theft claim frequency per 1,000 insured vehicle years and an
      average loss payment per whole vehicle theft (or claim severity), resulting in an average loss payment per insured vehicle year. So, it’s a relative number (like a per-capita data set) and I’m sure plenty of extrapolation was done to arrive at the final numbers. But when it comes to the Tesla, I really think the fact that they’re often garaged (or otherwise often close to a power source overnight) may explain part of why they’re not stolen as often.

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