Dodge Charger and Challenger among America’s most stolen cars

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued its list for the most and least stolen vehicles in America and Dodge muscle car owners should take notice – as the Charger and Challenger both appear in the top 10 most stolen cars in America.

The NHTSA list is based on the number of automotive thefts reported to the police per 1,000 vehicles in 2011 with respect to those vehicles with production volumes greater than 5,000 units.  Based on those figures, the Dodge Charger is the most stolen vehicle in America with 4.8 reported thefts per 1,000 vehicles sold.  The Dodge Challenger ranked 10th on that same list with 2.5 reported thefts per 1,000 vehicles.  On the other hand, there are no Chrysler Group vehicles on the NHTSA’s list of the least stolen vehicles in America.  The full lists of the NHTSA’s most and least stolen vehicles are available below.

NHTSA Most Stolen Vehicles in America (Reported Thefts per 1,000 vehicles)
Dodge Charger 4.8
Mitsubishi Galant 4.5
Hyundai Accent 3.5
Chevrolet Impala 3.4
Chevrolet HHR 3.4
Chevrolet Aveo 3.4
Infiniti FX35 3.1
Kia Rio 2.7
Porsche Panamera 2.7
Dodge Challenger 2.5

NHTSA Least Stolen Vehicles In America
BMW X5 0
Lexus SC 0
Volvo XC70 0
Hyundai Veracruz 0.1
Volvo XC60 0.1
Subaru Forester 0.1
Infiniti EX35 0.2
Toyota Prius 0.2
Mazda Miata 0.2
Lexus CT 0.2

In addition to the lists issued by the NHTSA, a group named the Highway Loss Data Institute issued their own most and least stolen lists.  Unlike the NHTSA, which bases their numbers on vehicles reported stolen to police, the HLDI bases their information on insurance reports.  Based on insurance reports, there are no Chrysler Group vehicles in the top 10 most stolen vehicles in America but there are two on the least stolen list.  The Jeep Compass 4WD is the 10th most un-stolen car in American while the Dodge Journey 4WD is the #1 least stolen car in the industry.  The HLDI numbers are based on the number of claims from 2010 through 2012 per 1,000 years of insurance coverage. It is an odd way equation but this method does show a different approach to figuring out which vehicle owners stand the biggest chance of having their vehicle stolen.  The full HLDI lists are included below.

Highway Loss Data Institute Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in America (Theft claims for MY 2010 to MY 2012 vehicles per 1,000 years of insurance coverage)
Ford F-250 crew 4WD 7
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew 6.7
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 6.1
GMC Sierra 1500 crew 6
Ford F-350 crew 4WD 5.6
Cadillac Escalade 5.5
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 5.4
GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab 4.7
GMC Yukon 4.5
Chevrolet Tahoe 4.4

Highway Loss Data Institute Top 10 Least Stolen Vehicles in America
Dodge Journey 4WD 0.4
Volkswagen Tiguan 4WD 0.4
Audi A4                0.4
Acura RDX 0.4
Toyota Matrix 0.4
Lexus HS 250 0.4
Honda CR-V 0.4
Hyundai Tucson 4WD 0.4
Toyota Sienna 4WD 0.5
Jeep Compass 4WD 0.5

Source: Automotive News


Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist, Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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