- May 27, 2014
The Most Stolen Cars In America
Car theft in America is slowing down, but it's still a fairly common and expensive problem. New cars equipped with improved technology have become increasingly harder to steal, but in the arms race between carmakers and car-takers, the more determined thieves still make off with a prize now and then. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found there were 3.59 thefts per 1,000 vehicles produced between 1990 and today.
Technology is helping to bring that number down. The prevalence of new automotive security systems helped law enforcement officials recover $121 million worth of system-equipped stolen vehicles in 2013 and also gave us useful information about what kind of cars were being stolen and where.
With this data in hand, LoJack, which is one such security system, has released their Fifth Annual Vehicle Theft Recovery report. Head through to take a look at the most stolen cars in America.
Sticker Price: $43,600 - $59,360
Invoice Price: $40,548 - $55,205
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 21 mpg Hwy
A comfy ride, tons of cargo room and diverse trim options makes the Chevrolet Tahoe a popular choice for SUV shoppers. It's also a popular choice among car thieves. Many of the large SUVs in General Motors product line are favored by these criminals. GM will address the problem in the 2015 version of the Tahoe and its counterpart GMC Yukon. Expect to see a steering lock, stronger door lock cylinders and shields and side-cut keys to inhibit picking.
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Sticker Price: $22,170 - $30,820
Invoice Price: $20,971 - $28,488
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 38 mpg Hwy
It may look like a humble grocery-getter, but the Nissan Altima has a zippy engine which gives it some serious moves. Too bad for some Altima owners: crooks use that excellent engineering to speed away with their cars.
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Sticker Price: $30,930 - $49,620
Invoice Price: $28,533 - $45,774
Fuel Economy: NA
Although the Ford F-150 is one of the most popular cars of all time, it's the larger F-350 that is most frequently stolen. Large American trucks and SUVs are rarely equipped with aftermarket security devices, making them tempting targets.
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Ford F-350 Local Dealer Price Quote
Sticker Price: $71,695 - $82,795
Invoice Price: $67,035 - $82,795
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 21 mpg Hwy
The Cadillac Escalade is the ultimate luxury vehicle for those shopping in the big, beefy SUV segment. It's been the flashy car of choice for the rich and famous, and the 2015 model year of Cadillac's flagship SUV is poised to make a comeback. A security flaw in the column-mounted shift stalk made the car ludicrously easy to steal until the 2011 model year, when GM rectified the problem and strengthened the steering lock. Older Escalades are still on the roads however, and are still being stolen.
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Sticker Price: $25,575 - $49,180
Invoice Price: $24,551 - $45,737
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 24 mpg Hwy
Another very popular truck, the Chevrolet Silverado is the most stolen truck on the list. Silverados make great work trucks, with their high clearance and large truck beds.
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Sticker Price: $16,800-$21,300
Invoice Price: $15,876-$19,722
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg City, 37 mpg Hwy
With 40 million sold since it's debut in 1966, the Toyota Corolla is the best selling car of all time. It is also one of the most stolen. The demand for aftermarket parts and the frequency with which Corollas show up on roadways makes it a favorite target for car thieves.
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Sticker Price: $22,235 - $30,705
Invoice Price: $20,345 - $27,941
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 35 mpg Hwy
The Corolla's big brother is also one of the Toyota's best-sellers, and a goldmine in spare parts for chop shops and junkyards. The sheer prevalence of Camry sedans on the road makes them an oft-stolen ride.
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Sticker Price: $18,190 - $26,640
Invoice Price: $16,915 - $25,261
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg City, 36 mpg Hwy
The Civic was Honda's first big hit on the auto market and kept the company from abandoning the business of making cars. All told, Honda has sold about 18.5 million Civics. The funky little car is also prized in the car modification culture, which makes it a target for street racers looking for a new ride.
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Sticker Price: $21,955 - $33,480
Invoice Price: $20,100 - $30,612
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg City, 34 mpg Hwy
While the Accord has sold about 10 million units less than the Civic since its debut in 1976, it is still one of the most popular cars of all time. Such popularity comes at a cost. The Accord tops the list of most stolen cars in America for the fifth year in a row.
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