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SUV's and pickup trucks are popular targets for U.S. car thieves, the HLDI says. (iStock)

The Highway Loss Data Institute has updated its list of the most popular (and least popular) U.S. cars for thieves to steal and, as in past years, the news isn't good for Cadillac Escalade owners.

The SUVs are more than six times as likely to be stolen as a typical vehicle. Indeed, American SUVs and pickup trucks dominate the list.

"Immobilizers are a good deterrent against joy-riding teenagers, but professional thieves can easily haul away an SUV on a flatbed truck," the institute's senior vice president Kim Hazelbaker says. "A pickup that can't be driven away is still vulnerable to having tools and cargo snatched from its bed." 

The most popular models with thieves are:

  • All four versions of the Cadillac Escalade (10.6 are stolen per every 1,000 cars on the road)
  • Ford F-250 crew 4WD (9.7 are stolen for every 1,000 cars on the road)
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew (9.2 stolen per 1,000)
  • Ford F-450 crew 4WD (7.9 stolen per 1,000)
  • GMC Sierra 1500 crew (7.3 stolen per 1,000)
  • Chrysler 300 (7.1 stolen per 1,000)
  • Ford F-350 crew 4WD (7 stolen per 1,000)
  • Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 (6.4 stolen per 1,000)
  • GMC Yukon (6.4 stolen per 1,000)
  • Chrysler 300 HEMI (6.3 stolen per 1,000)


On the opposite end of the spectrum, a number of luxury vehicles are among the least likely to be stolen:

  • Audi A6 4WD (0.5 are stolen for every 1,000 cars)
  • Mercury Mariner (0.5 stolen per 1,000)
  • Chevrolet Equinox (0.6 stolen per 1,000)
  • Volkswagen CC (0.6 stolen per 1,000)
  • Chevrolet Equinox 4WD (0.6 stolen per 1,000)
  • Lexus RX 350 (0.6 stolen per 1,000)
  • Saturn VUE (0.6 stolen per 1,000)
  • Chevrolet Aveo (0.6 stolen per 1,000)
  • BMW 5 series 4WD (0.7 stolen per 1,000)
  • Mini Cooper Clubman (0.7 stolen per 1,000)

The data come from insurers representing about 80 percent of the market for privately insured vehicles. Thefts of vehicles that aren't insured or are insured by nonreporting companies are not included.