- Sep 27, 2013
The Most Stolen Luxury Cars
According to crime data, luxury cars are not the most common type of stolen vehicle. Not even close, really. Since there are so many more of them on the road, vehicles like the Ford F-150, Honda Civic and Toyota Camry are far more likely to get lifted than a Mercedes or BMW.
Although the odds are better that a luxury car will remain in your hands, an average of about four higher-end vehicles are stolen every day.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently released data on the most stolen luxury cars between 2009 and 2012. Click through to see which of these more expensive vehicles thieves love to target.
10. Mercedes-Benz S-ClassNumber of thefts: 163
The relatively low sales volume of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (it's a pricey car, after all) kept it in the number 10 spot. There are less of them on the road and, thus, less of them to steal than other luxury cars.
9. Lexus ISNumber of thefts: 177
The Lexus IS, which includes the IS 250, IS 350 and IS-F, took the number 9 spot on the NICB list.
8. Acura TSXNumber of thefts: 190
The Acura TSX, which is kind of like a luxurious Honda Civic, was targeted by thieves 190 times.
7. Lincoln MKZNumber of thefts: 226
The No. 7 car on the list was the Lincoln MKZ, which is Ford's mid-size luxury offering. It was stolen 226 times.
6. BMW 5 SeriesNumber of thefts: 256
The BMW 5 Series -- the German automaker's midsize offering -- was stolen 256 times. According to NICB data, it had a recovery rate of 82.4 percent.
5. Cadillac CTSNumber of thefts: 326
Though the Cadillac CTS was stolen 326 times, it had a very high recovery rate. According to the theft data, 91.4 percent of these stolen cars were recovered.
4. Mercedes-Benz E-ClassNumber of thefts: 381
The E-Class is the midsize offering from Mercedes-Benz. It has been one of the most popular cars for luxury car shoppers -- and car thieves. The E-Class was stolen 381 times between 2009 and 2012.
3. Infiniti GNumber of thefts: 405
The Infiniti G is a great luxury sedan, especially with the 3.7L V6 engine. Thieves tend to like it, though. It was stolen 405 times between 2009 and 2012.
2. BMW 3 SeriesNumber of thefts: 471
The BMW 3 Series is one of the most highly respected and best selling luxury cars in the world. That means there are a lot of them out there to steal. According to NICB data, 13.2 percent of 3 Series that are stolen go unrecovered.
1. Mercedes-Benz C-ClassNumber of thefts: 485
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the most stolen car between 2009 and 2012, with 485 thefts. And a good chunk of them were never recovered. Accord to the theft data, 78 of the 485 were never seen again.