bigstock--224709592With thousands of vehicles on the roads today, ever wonder which cars are stolen most often?  The Highway Loss Data Institute has a list of the vehicles that are most likely to be stolen and a corresponding list of those least likely to be stolen.  We found the information interesting and surprising.  The vehicles in this study are all 2016-18 models.

Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles

Models in the top 20 with the highest theft rates were either vehicles with big engines, luxury vehicles, or pickups.  Dodge leads the list with the Charger HEMI and Challenger SRT Hellcat.  Along with the Infinity Q50, the Charger and Challenger have claim rates for whole-vehicle theft of more than 5 times the average for 2016-18 models.

Glaringly absent from the most frequent list is the previous leader of this category, the Cadillac Escalade.  Owners may be benefitting from enhance security features along with the increased competition from the Infinity and Land Rover Large SUV models.

Top 10 Frequently Stolen Vehicles

Vehicle size/type

Dodge Charger HEMI

Large 4-door car

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Large 2-door car

Infiniti Q50 4-door

Midsize luxury car

Infiniti QX80

Large luxury SUV

GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab

Large 4-door pickup

Dodge Challenger

Large 2-door car

Nissan Maxima

Midsize 4-door car

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab

Large 4-door pickup

Chrysler 300 4WD

Large 4-door car

Least Frequently Stolen Vehicles

Topping the least frequently stolen list is the BMW 3 series with only one claim for a whole-vehicle theft 104,901 insured vehicle years.  What’s an insured vehicle year?  One vehicle insured for one year.

Top 10 Least Frequently Stolen Vehicles

Vehicle size/type

BMW 3-series 4-door

Midsize luxury car

Tesla Model S 4WD

Large luxury car

Tesla Model X 4WD

Large luxury SUV

Chevrolet Equinox 4WD

Small SUV

Buick Encore 4WD

Small luxury SUV

Subaru Legacy with EyeSight

Midsize 4-door car

GMC Acadia

Midsize SUV

Subaru Forester with EyeSight

Small SUV

GMC Acadia 4WD

Midsize SUV

Volkswagen New Beetle

Small 2-door car

The low theft rate for electric vehicles may be due to the fact that they are usually parked in locations close to electrical outlets – garages or close to home.  Two Tesla Models, S and X, are on the least stolen list.

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Source: Highway Loss Data Institute