Although a flashy sports car typically becomes the envy of the whole neighborhood, it is actually the unpretentious family auto that gets stolen way more often.
You cannot believe that? Then check NICB’s “Hot Wheels” report! National Insurance Crime Bureau, which is based in Des Plaines, Ill, annually publishes a list of top 10 most-stolen vehicles in the U.S. According to it, the most popular car in America is not the poshest luxury model, but just an older Honda Accord. Cars of this type are usually dissected into replacement components that are later sold on Internet sites or to auto-parts dealers.
Eager to know more? Then read this article to find out what the most-stolen new and used cars are.
10. Nissan Altima
Units registered missing: 8,892
Model years: 1997, 2012, 2013
This mid-size car is Nissan’s top-selling model. It was first introduced as a part of Nissan’s Bluebird line (started in 1957).
9. Toyota Corolla
Units registered missing: 9,010
Model years: 2004, 2006, 2011
This line of subcompact and compact cars launched by Toyota in 1966 is incredibly popular all around the world, with more than 40 million units sold. Due to a number of major redesigns it has very modern looks.
8. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
Units registered missing: 9,272
Model years: 2000
Jeep Grand Cherokee is definitely one of the leaders in popularity among off-road passenger vehicles. Its safety and on-road reliability are remarkable.
7. Dodge Caravan
Units registered missing: 10,911
Model years: 2000, 1999, 2002, 2001, 2003
Although Dodge Pickup is the most popular car in America made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles under the Dodge brand, Dodge Caravan has almost the same demand. This minivan provides generous interior room that makes it comfortable even for large families. As Caravan is a best-seller in many countries, thieves often export it.
6. Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
Units registered missing: 11,347
Model years: 2004, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2002
Safety, powerful engine, size – here are just a few advantages of this model. Auto experts expect that Dodge Pickup will continue to top the lists both of the most sold and most stolen cars in America.
5. Toyota Camry
Units registered missing: 14,420
A top passenger vehicle that has survived multiple generations, each offering new improvements. In has grown from narrow-body car into a mid-size vehicle with wide body. Attractive design, safety and reliability make Toyota Camry a really sought-after vehicle.
4. Ford F-150 Pickup (Full Size)
Units registered missing: 26,494
Model years: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 1999
This top-selling vehicle is one of Ford’s most successful models. Its history dates back to post-World War II era. Initially Ford F-150 was nothing but a workhorse, but today it is a well-appointed truck with different trim levels. Thanks to the use of aluminum newer versions of this truck weigh less than their rivals.
3. Chevrolet Pickup (Silverado)
Units registered missing: 27,809
Model years: 1999, 2004, 2001, 2005, 2003
One of the best pickups, Silverado boasts excellent safety and modern design. Its powerful engine is one more thing that attracts both thieves and buyers.
2. Honda Civic
Units registered missing: 45.001
Model years: 1998, 1997, 2000, 1995
This compact car is famous for being good value for money. Civic is often called Accord’s smaller brother. It is environment-friendly and fun to drive. Japanese automaker Honda introduced Civic in 1972, and it still can be seen in many lists of most sold cars.
1. Honda Accord
Units registered missing: 53,995
Which model years were popular: 1996 (8,166 units), 1994, 1997, 1995, 1992 (4,307 units)
In spite of the fact that only full-size models have been produced for the last six years, thieves take into account any version, including compact and mid-size cars. It is hardly a surprise that Honda Accord is so popular, taking into consideration that it typically tops all lists of best-sold vehicles in America.
Brand new autos are way more difficult to steal than cars from past model years as these days vehicles are often equipped with computer-chip-coded keys and other devices that help to deter thieves (including built-in engine immobilizers). No wonder the number of new Nissan Altima cars registered missing (and that is the most-stolen new car) do not even reach a thousand!
Autos of this type are typically taken and resold intact. In most cases criminals provide vehicles with doctored paperwork. As for expensive autos, they are usually resold abroad.
5. Chevrolet Impala
Vehicles stolen: 654
This full-size vehicle was once Chevy’s most expensive passenger model. 2013 Chevrolet Impala was very much like that of 2012, with three trims available (LS, LT, and LTZ). Optional bench seat is characteristic of this model, as well as column shift transmission. It is worth mentioning that 2013 Chevrolet Impala had an abbreviated model year.
Our list of most-stolen new cars also includes Hyundai Elantra (541 units stolen), Dodge Charger (536), Chevrolet Malibu (529) and Cruze (499). Ford Focus occupies the last line on this list, with 483 units registered missing.
4. Toyota Corolla
Vehicles stolen: 669
Toyota Corolla is pilfered really often, both new and used (9,010), although it is a bit lower on our list of most-stolen cars from past model years than on our list of new vehicles.
3. Ford Pickup Full Size
Vehicles stolen: 775
Thirteen generations of full-size pickup trucks marketed in many countries, including not only Canada, Mexico, and America, but also most Caribbean countries, Middle East, Iceland, Nigeria, and Cayman Islands.
2. Ford Fusion
Vehicles stolen: 793
Introduced in 2006, Ford Fusion quickly became a top-seller among mid-size cars. Car and Driver calls it “Not your father’s Taurus”. The whole 2013 line-up holds the title Green Car of the Year.
1. Nissan Altima
Vehicles stolen: 810
This mid-size model also appears in NICB’s list of most-stolen used cars, but it can not be considered the most popular car in America among older vehicles, as it is on the 10th line (8,892).