“Hot” Wheels: Most Stolen Cars

© ColourboxAmerica’s Most Wanted — By Car Thieves
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released its annual findings on the most stolen cars in America. The latest “Hot Wheels” report analyzes vehicle theft data submitted to the NICB by law enforcement agencies around the country. The NICB reports there were more than 765,000 vehicles stolen in the U.S. during 2016 — the most recent full year of total theft data. It’s no surprise that the list of most stolen vehicles is a reflection of the best-selling vehicles in America. However, anti-theft technology has been effective — almost 7,000 Honda Civics built prior to the introduction of anti-theft technology were stolen last year, while just 388 model-year 2017 Civics were taken. Here’s a closer look at the 10 vehicles most popular among car thieves during calendar year 2017.

© General Motors10. Chevrolet Impala
9,487 stolen in 2017
Most stolen model year: 2008
Impala has been around for a long time. The current version — introduced in 2013 — is the tenth generation since the model premiered in 1958. However, Impala sales peaked at the 2008 model year and have been on a general decline ever since. Given that more than 500,000 Impalas were sold in 2007 and 2008 alone, the popularity of the 2008 model among car thieves is no big surprise.

© General Motors9. GMC Pickup (Full-Size)
10,865 stolen in 2017
Most stolen model year: 2017
Call it a simple law of averages — the more copies of a vehicle that are on the road, the more likely it is to be stolen. The GMC full-size pickup — also known as the Sierra — has had impressive sales over the last few years, and last year more were stolen than in any other year. Along with those high numbers, there are a plethora of configurations available to thieves, with choices of body style, drivetrain and features as well as the luxurious Sierra Denali.

© FCA US8. Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
12,004 stolen in 2017
Most stolen model year: 2001
The third-most-popular truck among thieves, Dodge pickups also hold third place in sales behind other Chevrolet and Ford offerings. In 2002 Dodge introduced its first redesigned pickup in eight years with bold styling that laid the foundation for what we now see on the road, but the previous generation — selling around 400,000 units each year — created the pool that truck thieves are dipping into the most today. The current generation of Ram will likely start experiencing increased thefts, since the big truck’s sales are regularly surpassing 400,000 units each year.

© Toyota Motor Sales USA7. Toyota Corolla
12,337 stolen in 2017
Most stolen model year: 2016
The Corolla is a perennial favorite among those who choose not to pay for their cars. Toyota claims more than 40 million Corollas have been sold since it was introduced in 1966. Sales have steadily increased over the last several years, making Corolla the best-selling compact car in the U.S. The Corolla’s ubiquity means there are plenty available for thieves to get their hands on, and considerable demand for parts.

© Nissan North America, Inc.6. Nissan Altima
13,358 stolen in 2017
Most stolen model year: 2016
All new for the 2013 model year, the reimagined Altima reinforced a steady sales increase that started back in 2009. Sales hit record levels for Nissan’s popular sedan following the redesign, and 2015 was a record year for Altima. With the increase in sales, the following year also set a record for the most Altimas stolen in a single year. Altima’s pleasant mix of comfort, style and great fuel economy keeps sales high and, conversely, makes more models available to car thieves.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.5. Toyota Camry
17,278 stolen in 2017
Most stolen model year: 2017
Camry has held the title of best-selling passenger car in America for 15 years, and with a roomy interior and fuel-efficient, reliable engines, this popular Toyota sells in huge numbers annually. A completely redesigned version hit showrooms last year and it seems like the new features and styling have been appealing to more than simply buyers — the new Camry is clearly a hit with thieves as well.

© General Motors4. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
30,058 stolen in 2017
Most stolen model year: 2004
The full-size Chevy Silverado is another popular choice among truck-jackers. Although the 2004 model year seems to be the most sought after, Silverado was basically unchanged from 2003 to 2007 and thus the number of stolen Chevy trucks has remained consistent for those model years. Available with a variety of engines and configurations, Silverado sales have been on the rise, which may result in increased thefts in years to come.

© Ford Motor Company3. Ford Pickup (Full Size)
35,105 stolen in 2017
Most stolen model year: 2006
Not only are Ford F-Series trucks the best-selling vehicles in America, they outsell every other vehicle on the market by a considerable margin. With so many Ford trucks on the road — the company commonly sells more than 700,000 per year — it’s no surprise to see the F-Series consistently near the top of this most stolen list.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc2. Honda Accord
43,764 stolen in 2017
Most stolen model years: 1997
After years of sitting atop this list of the most stolen vehicles in the United States, the Honda Accord is no longer the most popular model to steal. However, the numbers are still quite high — a direct result of its popularity with drivers everywhere as economical, reliable transportation that retains its resale value. And the sheer number of Accords on the road provides thieves with easy choices and access. Smartkeys were introduced on Accord in 1998, so most of the stolen models come from years prior — since that time the number of Accords stolen each year has dropped considerably.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc1. Honda Civic
45,062 stolen in 2017
Most stolen model year: 1998
One of the most widespread compact cars throughout America, the Civic is now the most popular target for car thieves in America. The model started its life as a subcompact but has grown in size over the years; however, it’s those original, smaller models that remain big targets among car thieves. Most purloined Civics are from model years prior to 2000, before smartkeys became prevalent — somewhat surprising since Civic has remained one of the best-selling cars in America.


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