There must be something about the Cadillac Escalade that makes it the most preferred vehicle to steal in the US. The Highway Loss Data Institute reported earlier this week that the Escalade remains to be the most stolen car in the US. Actually, the Escalade has been the most stolen vehicle for six of the past seven reports. It is followed by a variety of performance cars and monstrous SUVs and trucks.
Coming in second place is the Ford F250 pickup, which is then trailed by the Infiniti G37, the Hemi Dodge Charger (not the V6) and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The vehicles that thieves in the US didn't have much of a liking for include Volvo's S80 sedan, which had the lowest average loss, as well as the Saturn Vue, the Nissan Murano and the Honda Pilot.
Kim Hazelbaker, the institute's senior vice president, said that notably, gas guzzlers aren't on the hot list. Thieves are apparently after chrome, horsepower and Hemis. For this report, the institute looked at three years of theft data with model years 2007 to 2009 covered at the latest.
Rankings are by average claim paid per 1,000 vehicles insured. Cadillac told USA Today that to make the Escalade more theft-resistant, it has been fitted with an engine immobilizer and a steering-wheel lock with a computer chip in the key fob. The 2011 Escalade gets laminated glass in the side windows that is very difficult to break. [via autonews]