The Cadillac Escalade has long been a hot commodity for car thieves. It still is, but according to the latest data from Highway Loss Data Institute, it’s no longer number one after 10 years. Instead, the dishonor goes to the Ford F-250. Though according to HDLI, the remaining vehicles in the Top 10, aside from the F-350, are all GM trucks and SUVs. Yikes.
The Escalade’s drop from first to sixth on the HLDI list was mostly due to shrinking popularity of the current model and improved anti-theft technology, including a steering-column lock and an alarm that sounds when the vehicle’s incline changes, along with a standard ignition immobilizer. But although its theft rate dipped by 50% from figures reported three years ago, four-wheel-drive versions of the luxury SUV still were stolen 4.5 times more than the average vehicle. The average insurance loss payment was $6,508 compared with nearly $12,000 previously.
HLDI’s top 10 most stolen vehicles, followed by the average insurance loss, are as follows:
10. Chevrolet Tahoe, $5,367
9. GMC Yukon, $6,276
8. GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab, $5,908
7. Chevrolet Suburban 1500, $4,468
6. Cadillac Escalade with four-wheel drive, $6,508
5. Ford F-350 crew cab and four-wheel drive, $7,517
4. GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab, $6,366
3. Chevrolet Avalanche 1500, $6,163
2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab, $5,463
1. Ford F-250 crew cab and four-wheel drive, $7,060
Hopefully GM’s all-new line up of trucks and SUV models will do a better job of avoiding this list.