The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently released its annual findings on the most stolen cars in America. According to the NICB, thieves stole a reported 749,019 vehicles in 2019 — a significant drop for the third consecutive year. Here are 5 of the most stolen cars in the U.S:
5. Toyota Camry
- 15,656 stolen in 2019
- most stolen model year: 2007
Commanding the title of best-selling passenger car in America for more than 15 years, the Camry’s roomy interior and fuel-efficient, reliable engines ensure this Toyota sells in huge numbers annually. The 2007 model year introduced the sixth generation of the popular sedan, and with significant improvements and more power the Camry sold in greater numbers in 2007 than it had ever before — or since. This helps explain why the 2007 model is also the most popular Camry among car thieves.
4. Honda Accord
After years sitting atop this list of most stolen cars in the United States, the Honda Accord is no longer the darling model among thieves. However, the numbers remain quite high — a direct result of Accord’s popularity with drivers everywhere as economical, reliable transportation that retains its resale value. And the sheer number of Accords on the road provides thieves with easy choices and access. Honda introduced smartkeys for Accord in 1998, so most of the stolen models come from years prior. Since the inception of smartkeys, the number of Accords stolen each year has dropped considerably.
3. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
The full-size Chevy Silverado is another popular choice among truck-jackers. Although the 2004 model year seems to be the most sought after, Silverado was basically unchanged from 2003 to 2007 and thus the number of stolen Chevy trucks has remained consistent for those model years. Available with a variety of engines and configurations, Silverado sales have been on the rise, which may result in increased thefts in years to come.
2. Honda Civic
Although it remains one of the most ubiquitous compact cars in America, the Civic is no longer the most popular target among U.S. car thieves. The model started its life as a subcompact and has grown in size over the years; however, it’s those original, smaller models that remain big targets among car boosters. Most purloined Civics are from model years 2000 and prior, before smartkeys became prevalent. This underscores the effectiveness of the modern keys, since Civic has keeps pace as one of the best-selling cars in America.
1. Ford Pickup (Full Size)
Not only are Ford F-Series trucks the best-selling vehicles in America, they are now the most popular in the nation among car thieves. With so many Ford trucks on the road — the company commonly sells more than 700,000 per year — it’s no surprise seeing the F-Series consistently near the top of the most stolen cars list year after year. In 2005 Ford sold more than 900,000 full-size pickups, creating a plethora of new models to pilfer in 2006.