Most-stolen cars in America
The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has released its findings on the most stolen cars in the country based on insurance payouts for total losses in theft claims. We’ve narrowed the list down to the top ten and consolidated trims into their respective models. There are some interesting findings, including the fact that most of them come from two companies: Nissan and Fiat-Chrysler. Click on through to see exactly which models thieves like best.
Two trims of the Charger ended up in the HLDI’s overall list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles. The most stolen versions were V8-powered Dodge Chargers, taking the top spot with a claim frequency of 544. The HLDI marks the average theft loss claim frequency at 100, so V8 Chargers were stolen over 5 times more frequently than average. The other Charger to make the top 10 was the all-wheel-drive variant with a score of 274. Looking at the HLDI’s top twenty, the Charger appears again in V6 form with a score of 266.
Dodge Charger Information
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Considering the Charger’s popularity among thieves, it’s not surprising that the next most stolen car is its two-door cousin, the Challenger. The variant stolen most often was the Challenger SRT Hellcat with a claim frequency score of 529. Plain old V6 versions also appear in the top ten with a score of 358.
Dodge Challenger Information
The first Nissan product shows up with the Infiniti Q50, the luxury brand’s small sport sedan. It comes in with a score of 525, nearly as high as the Challenger Hellcat. It’s not strange for a luxury car to appear on a most stolen list, but what makes this a bit unusual is that one of its direct competitors, the BMW 3 Series, topped the list of least stolen cars.
Infiniti Q50 Information
We follow one Infiniti with another: the big, flashy QX80. The V8-powered SUV is based on the Nissan Patrol, which we get here in the U.S. as the Nissan Armada. Its theft claim score is 422, meaning it’s stolen about 4 times more often than average.
Infiniti QX80 Information
Not far behind the Infiniti is the GMC Sierra with a score of 393. That’s specifically for the two-wheel-drive crew cab variant. The four-wheel-drive version comes in lower with a score of 241. It’s one of only two pickup trucks to make the top 10, the other of which is its twin the Chevy Silverado 1500. Looking at the HLDI’s full list of 20 most stolen vehicles, only one other full-size truck shows up on the list: the Nissan Titan. Considering the frequency of Mopar vehicles being stolen, it’s surprising that the Ram 1500 doesn’t appear on the list. The F-150 being absent is also surprising considering that it’s still the best-selling truck in America, and one of the best-selling vehicles in the country.
GMC Sierra Information
The third and final Nissan product to make the top 10 is the Maxima flagship sedan. Its claim frequency score is 351. It’s interesting that the Maxima, along with three other sedan models, would make the top ten most stolen vehicles considering the bodystyle’s shrinking market share. Just as surprising is the fact that crossovers, the body style that’s taken market share from sedans, only appear once in the top ten.
Nissan Maxima Information
As we already mentioned, both of GM’s full-size pickup trucks are popular among thieves. The Silverado doesn’t hit the same theft frequency peak as the Sierra, as the Chevy’s highest score is 320 for the two-wheel-drive crew cab versions. But more of its variants show up in the larger top 20 list than the GMC. The four-wheel-drive crew cab has a score of 269, and the two-wheel-drive double cab version shows up with a score of 248.
Chevrolet Silverado Information
Unsurprisingly, the cross-dealership sibling of the most stolen car in America also makes the top 10. The Chrysler 300, specifically with all-wheel drive, has a theft claim score of 293. Besides not being stolen as often as the Charger, the all-wheel-drive 300 is the only version of the car that shows up in either the top ten or top twenty most stolen cars.
Chrysler 300 Information
The Mercedes S-Class is the only German car to appear on the top 10 list of stolen cars, and it’s one of only two in the top 20 (the other is the Audi A7). Its score is just barely behind the Chrysler 300 at 291. This applies specifically to long-wheelbase all-wheel-drive versions.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Information
We round out the top 10 with one more FCA product. The Dodge Durango with all-wheel drive has a score of 271. It represents the only crossover in the list of top ten most stolen vehicles. Considering the popularity of the Charger, Challenger and 300 among thieves, it makes a certain kind of sense that the crossover that’s equivalent to them would be stolen frequently.