Dodge Muscle Cars Are The Most Stolen Vehicles

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In the realm of auto theft, one name stands out like a notorious ringleader: the Dodge Charger. It has once again claimed the dubious honor of being the most stolen vehicle in the United States for the model years 2020 to 2022, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). This perennial offender has been at the top of the stolen vehicles list for over a decade, a streak that began in 2011. However, what’s particularly concerning is the speed at which theft claims for the Charger have risen.

In the case of the Charger SRT Hellcat models from 2020 to 2022, the incidents of whole-vehicle theft claims skyrocketed to 25 claims per 1,000 insured vehicle years. This is a significant increase from the approximately 18 claims for the 2019-21 models. Even more alarming is the fact that theft claims for the HEMI-powered Charger variant also surged by over 20 times the average during the same period. These powerful Dodges seem to be hot targets for thieves.

But the Charger isn’t alone in this unfortunate spotlight. Luxury vehicles from other renowned brands like BMW, Infiniti, and Land Rover, as well as three full-sized pickups, have also fallen victim to the rising tide of auto theft. Surprisingly, the list also includes more affordable models from Honda, Kia, and Nissan, covering a wide spectrum of vehicles that have become attractive to thieves.

One unexpected twist in the world of auto theft is the sudden surge in pilfering Hyundai and Kia vehicles. This unusual trend has pushed four Kia models into the upper ranks of HLDI’s list of most stolen vehicles. The reason behind this surge is the discovery that a significant number of these Korean cars lack advanced electronic immobilization systems, making them vulnerable to thieves. This unfortunate revelation has made them prime targets for criminals.

On a slightly more positive note, the list of the 20 models with the lowest claims for whole vehicle theft includes six electric vehicles and an equal number from the General Motors stable. It seems that as auto technology advances, some vehicles have become much harder for thieves to steal, while others, like the Dodge Charger, remain a constant challenge for law enforcement.

Make and model Vehicle size/type Relative claim frequency
(100 = average)
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Large car 6,128
Dodge Charger HEMI Large car 2,197
Infiniti Q50 Mid-size luxury car 878
Dodge Challenger Large car 766
Land Rover Range Rover 4WD Large luxury SUV 611
Kia Sportage Small SUV 479
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4WD Large luxury SUV 460
Kia Sportage 4WD Small SUV 415
Honda CR-V 4WD Small SUV 409
BMW X6 4WD Mid-size luxury SUV 361
Kia Rio Minicar 359
Kia Forte Small car 357
Ford F-350 SuperCrew 4WD Very large pickup 349
BMW X7 4WD Large luxury SUV 338
Ford F-250 SuperCrew 4WD Very large pickup 337
Honda Accord Mid-size car 306
Ram 3500 crew cab long-wheelbase 4WD Very large pickup 306
Infiniti Q50 4WD Mid-size luxury car 287
Nissan Maxima Mid-size car 284
Honda CR-V Small SUV 270

Source: IIHS


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