2023’s Stolen Cars: Unveiling the Most Stolen and Least Stolen Vehicles

    The Most (and Least) Stolen Cars of 2023: A Shocking Revelation

    Using data from the Highway Loss Data Institute of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the years 2020-2022, has compiled a list of the most and least stolen cars as of 2023. Brace yourself as we reveal the shocking details!

    The Most Stolen Cars of 2023

    In an alarming revelation, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and HEMI have emerged as the most stolen vehicles for the model years 2020-2022. Yes, you heard it right – the Dodge Charger models have once again topped the list. According to the latest report from HLDI on whole-vehicle theft, the theft claims for Charger SRT Hellcat were significantly higher than the average for all 2020-2022 models.

    The frequency of theft claims for the Charger SRT Hellcat was over 60 times greater than its presence on the road. Similarly, theft claims for the Charger HEMI were more than 20 times higher than the average. This disheartening trend has been observed for the past three years, with the number of theft claims for these models increasing significantly. Furthermore, four Kia models have gained popularity and now feature among the top 20 most stolen vehicles.

    To put things into perspective, in the 2020-2022 period, there were 25 theft claims for every 1,000 insured vehicle years for Charger SRT Hellcat models. This is a considerable increase compared to the approximately 18 theft claims for 2019-2021 models. In contrast, the Infiniti Q60, the most stolen model from 2017 to 2019, had a theft rate of only two thefts per 1,000 insured vehicle years.

    Whole Vehicle Theft Losses by Vehicle Type

    Taking a broader look at whole vehicle theft losses, passenger vehicles experienced a frequency of 0.41 theft claims for every 1,000 insured vehicle years from 2020 to 2022. The average amount paid for each whole vehicle theft claim was a staggering $45,068. Moreover, the overall losses per insured vehicle year, calculated by totaling all losses, reached $18.

    Among different vehicle types, passenger cars had the highest frequency of whole vehicle theft claims, with a rate of 0.55. Interestingly, pickups recorded the highest average claim severity, with an amount of $61,071, and also the highest overall losses, totaling $29. Clearly, vehicle theft is a concerning issue that affects both individuals and the insurance industry.

    The Least Stolen Cars of 2023: EVs and Midsize SUVs Take the Crown

    On a more optimistic note, electric vehicles (EVs) have proven to be less susceptible to theft. This may be due to the fact that EVs are commonly parked in well-lit and secure areas for charging. According to the IIHS, the Tesla Model 3 with dual motors had the lowest frequency of whole vehicle thefts, followed by the Tesla Model Y.

    Surprisingly, the list of the 20 least stolen vehicles for 2020-2022 includes the Tesla Model 3 (single-motor version), Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, and Nissan Leaf. Additionally, General Motors has made a mark on the list with six of their vehicles being included. This trend of low EV theft is promising, and future Dodge owners can potentially breathe a sigh of relief. With the phasing out of gasoline Charger and Challenger models, an electric muscle car is set to replace them. The Charger Daytona SRT concept gives a sneak peek into this forthcoming model.

    In conclusion, the issue of car theft continues to haunt owners and insurance companies alike. The data from 2020-2022 highlights the alarming frequency of whole vehicle theft claims and the hefty losses incurred. However, amidst these concerns, EVs and midsize SUVs have emerged as the heroes of the least stolen cars list. Let us hope that vehicle manufacturers and law enforcement agencies work hand in hand to combat this growing problem.

    Disclaimer: This story was produced by and reviewed and distributed by Stacker Media.

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    – Highway Loss Data Institute
    – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    – Stacker Media

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