American muscle top target for car thieves
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Dodge Charger Hemi
This large 4-door sedan tops the list of most stolen cars, with a whole-vehicle — that is, stolen outright as opposed to stripped for parts — claim rate that is 5.4 times the national average.
The low-end for horsepower in a Charger model that boasts a Hemi engine is an impressive 370hp. Some models crank that to an insane 707hp. It’s clear why that might be tempting to a potential car thief.
Don’t rest easy just because you didn’t opt for the top-of-the-line model. The base Charger is the 14th most stolen car on the list and the Charger 4WD is 11th.
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody.
Dodge Challenger Hellcat
The Hellcat is an impressive, if intimidating, automobile. It exhales clouds of rubber and asphalt as its supercharged V8 roars like — well, like a beast from hell.
None of this is enough to scare off the thieves though, and the Hellcat is stolen around 5.3 times the national average.
The base model Challenger also makes an appearance as the sixth most stolen car on HLDI’s list.
This photo provided by Infiniti shows the 2018 Infiniti Q50.
(Courtesy of Infiniti North America via AP)
Infiniti Q50 4-door
The Infiniti Q50 is a popular luxury sedan that doesn’t skimp on power, with some models pushing 400hp.
Maybe the combo of power and class is what gives it the allure for thieves. It’s stolen 5.25 times the national average.
The Infiniti QX80 luxury sedan.
Space and luxury prove to be a tempting offering. This classy sedan is the victim of car thieves 4.2 times higher than average.
A 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT truck on display at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.
(AP/Gene J. Puskar)
GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab
Rounding out the top five most stolen cars is GMC’s popular Sierra 1500 Crew Cab pickup truck. This 4-door behemoth is stolen 3.93 times more often than the national average.
Top 5 least stolen
This undated photo provided by BMW shows the 2019 BMW 3 Series, the latest generation of the storied car.
BMW 3-series 4-door
In a surprising twist — if the top five are any indicator for thieves’ usual tastes — the popular BMW 3-series is actually stolen the least of any the current generation of vehicles.
Tesla Model S Long Range.
(David Williams/Redux for CNN)
Tesla Model S
The second least likely car to be stolen on this year’s list is the Tesla Model S. HLDI offered a possible explanation for why that may be.
“Two of the vehicles on the least-stolen list are the Tesla Model S and Model X,” HLDI said. “Their low theft rate may be related to the fact that, as electric vehicles, they are usually parked in garages or close to a house to be near a power supply.”
HLDI said a previous study showed that electric cars in general have lower theft rates compared to their combustion-powered counterparts.
An unsold 2019 Model X sits at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colorado.
Tesla Model X
The third least stolen vehicle in this year’s report is the Tesla Model X.
This photo provided by Chevrolet shows the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
Chevrolet Equinox 4WD
This family-friendly SUV was largely spared by thieves and was the fourth least-stolen vehicle on the list.
The 2017 Buick Encore is displayed during a media preview in New York, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, as part of the New York International Auto Show.
Buick Encore 4WD
Apparently the trick to not having your car stolen is to buy a family-friendly, sensible SUV. The fifth least stolen car on HLDI’s list is the Buick Encore 4WD.
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