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Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Top List Of Most Stolen Vehicles

Multiple variations of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have made the list of the top 20 most stolen vehicles in America.

The list, compiled by the Highway Loss Data Institute, uses insurance claim data to determine which 2016-2018 model year vehicles are most frequently targeted by thieves. Many of the most commonly stolen new vehicles were mid-size or large sedans, but General Motors‘ two familiar pickup nameplates also appear on the list.

Here’s the complete list of the top 20, ranked in order of the number of insurance claims made on the vehicles for theft versus the number of vehicles on US roads:

Most frequently stolen vehicles of the 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 all-wheel-drive
  10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4-door long-wheelbase all-wheel-drive
  11. Dodge Charger all-wheel-drive
  12. Dodge Durango all-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 all-wheel-drive
  20. Infiniti QX80 all-wheel-drive

It’s interesting that thieves target the 2016-2018 model year Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra and their respective variants more often than the Ford F-150. The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in America and even more abundant on American roads than the Silverado and Sierra, but it seems as though thieves prefer GM pickups.

Criminals also seem to like big, powerful Fiat Chrysler products, with multiple versions of the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger appearing in the top 20 (including the Challenger SRT Hellcat..) along with the Dodge Durango and Chrysler 300.

This list used to be dominated by the Cadillac Escalade, the HLDI says, but it’s fallen out of the top 20 in favor of segment rivals like the Infiniti QX80.

“Absent from the most-stolen list is any version of the Cadillac Escalade, which previously dominated HLDI’s rankings of vehicles popular with thieves,” the safety watchdog said. “Part of the reason is that the large luxury SUV now has more competition in that category, including from the Infiniti QX80 and the Land Rover Range Rover, vehicles that are now among the most stolen.”

Thieves may have also caught onto the fact that GM vehicles can be easily tracked and remotely shut down via OnStar, also preventing Escalade thefts, but this wasn’t enough to deter the rampant problem for owners of the SUV. As a result, GM installed glass breakage sensors on the Escalade, along with motion detectors and a sensor that triggers the alarm if someone tries to jack the car up or tow it away. This seems to have curbed Escalade thefts somewhat, the HLDI indicates.

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Sam McEachern: Sam loves to write and has a passion for auto racing, karting and performance driving of all types.

View Comments (9)

  • This isnt nothing, I can only wonder how many Mid-Engine Corvetts will come up missing once production and sales start to ramp up, it's bad having to talk this sad reality, but hopefully every owner will have that car "Garage Kept"

  • I could see why a lot of thieves would target Dodge/Chrysler products with big engines. Same reason most used to target the Escalade.

    Ever been to/driven through an inner city? Philadelphia? Detroit? Camden?

  • Probably to get replacement ABS modules out of them because they are sick of seeing the lights on the dash and all the Chevy dealers are on backorder.

  • One has to wonder why the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are among the top the list of most stolen vehicles, is it because thieves want parts or poorly design door locks that allow the trucks to be stolen;

  • Guess my 2014 RCSB is safe cause nobody wants this configuration? Unless now it's gonna be even rarer?