There are vehicles that stand out for their design, their performance, and even the safety they offer. Some others, unfortunately for buyers, have a feature that not everyone likes: they are easy to steal.
According to a study by the IIHS (US Institute for Highway Safety), the following models are most frequently stolen:
To the surprise of many, the vehicle 60 times more likely to be stolen is the Charger SRT Hellcat, a sports utility vehicle with a 6.2-liter engine and 807 hp. This car, in the 2023 version, is equipped with lightweight 20-inch carbon black sports wheels fitted predominantly with Pirelli tires.
The car that is stolen 20 times more often than the average vehicle in the US is the Charger HEMI, with a 6.2-liter engine and 807 hp. The latest version of this car features heavy-duty four-piston brakes as well as chain cooling and assisted launch control.
According to the list, behind the Charger SRT Hellcat and Charger HEMI are other high-end cars such as the Infinity Q50, Dodge Challenger, and Land Rover Range Rover pickup and SUV, respectively.
The Hyundai and Kia brands are also among the 20 most frequently stolen vehicles. According to the IIHS, these are cars that have become victims of social media because they have taught users to bypass the security of their anti-theft systems by disarming their alarms and even unlocking their electric locks.
For example, the Kia brand SUV in its Sportage model is the sixth most stolen vehicle in the US, while the River and the Forte rank eleventh and twelfth, respectively, in the list of most stolen specimens.
The IIHS stated that these are the top stolen models in the US from 2020 to 2022:
- Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
- Dodge Charger HEMI
- Infiniti Q50
- Dodge Challenger
- Land Rover Range Rover 4WD
- Kia Sportage
- Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4WD
- Kia Sportage 4WD
- Honda CR-V 4WD
- BMW X6 4WD
- Let’s go to Rio
- Kia Forte
- Ford F-350 SuperCrew 4WD
- BMW X7 4WD
- Ford F-250 SuperCrew 4WD
- Honda Accord
- Ram 3500 crew cab with a long wheelbase and four-wheel drive
- Infiniti Q50 4WD
- Nissan Maxima
- Honda CR-V