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:
- Dodge Charger HEMI
- Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
- Infiniti QX50 4-door
- Infiniti QX80
- GMC Sierra 1500 crew-cab
- Dodge Challenger
- Nissan Maxima
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew-cab
- Chrysler 300 all-wheel-drive
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4-door long-wheelbase all-wheel-drive
- Dodge Charger all-wheel-drive
- Dodge Durango all-wheel-drive
- Land Rover Range Rover
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew-cab four-wheel-drive
- Dodge Charger
- Nissan Titan crew-cab short bed
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- GMC Sierra 1500 crew-cab four-wheel-drive
- Audi A7 all-wheel-drive
- 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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