What's the most stolen vehicle in the U.S.? Well it depends on who you ask. Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Highway Loss Data Institute published their lists of the most and least stolen vehicles in the U.S. and the results are a bit contradictory. NHTSA says the most stolen vehicle is the Dodge Charger, while HLDI says it's the Ford F-250.
How can these two groups come up with different results? The answer lies in the methodology. NHTSA looks at the number of thefts reported to police, while HLDI looks at insurance claims. There is also a difference in the timeframe that the two organizations use in their reports; NHTSA looked at thefts in 2011, while HLDI looked ay thefts from 2010 to 2012.
Even with the different results, the two groups can agree on a couple of things. One, the theft rate on late-model vehicles in the U.S. is declining rapidly thanks to features like ignition immobilizers which stop thieves from hot wiring a vehicle. The two also agree that the Dodge Charger has a higher theft rate than most vehicles.
We have the lists from NHTSA and HLDI on the most and least stolen vehicles in the U.S. on the next page.