Top 10 Stolen Vehicles: Older Models Most Vulnerable

September 18, 2018

Hondas that are 10 and 11-years old and even older Ford and Chevrolet pick-ups top the list of the most stolen vehicles in the U.S. in 2017.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its annual Hot Wheels report, which identifies the most stolen vehicles in the United States based on vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

The vulnerability of older models to theft can be attributed to technology, or rather the lack of newer anti-theft technology in older vehicles. Honda Accords and Civics produced prior to the introduction of anti-theft technology continue to dominate this report.

NICB says the data demonstrates how effective anti-theft technology continues to be. A total of (6,707) 1998 Honda Civics were stolen in 2017 compared with just (388) 2017 Civics. Put another way, (17) 1998 Civics were stolen last year for every one 2017 model.

While technology helps, thousands of vehicles continue to be stolen each year because owners leave their keys or fobs in the vehicles, and that invites theft.

For 2017, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were:

Rank Make/Model Model year most stolen /
(# thefts)
Total model thefts
1 Honda Civic 1998 (6,707) 45,062
2 Honda Accord 1997 (6,301) 43,764
3 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 2006 (3,151) 35,105
4 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 2004 (1,970) 30,058
5 Toyota Camry 2017 (1,100) 17,278
6 Nissan Altima 2016 (1,450) 13,358
7 Toyota Corolla 2016 (1,012) 12,337
8 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) 2001 (1,242) 12,004
9 GMC Pickup (Full Size) 2017 (957) 10,865
10 Chevrolet Impala 2008 (991) 9,487

The following are the top 10, 2017 model year vehicles stolen during calendar year 2017:

Rank Make/Model Total thefts
1 Nissan Altima 1,153
2 Toyota Camry 1,100
3 GMC Pickup (Full Size) 957
4 Hyundai Elantra 929
5 Ford Fusion 874
6 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 842
7 Ram Pickup 835
8 Toyota Corolla 832
9 GMC Savana 774
10 Hyundai Sonata 759

NICB has produced a list of 2017’s top 25 most stolen for downloading. It also offers a state report.

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