Cadillac Escalade – America’s most stolen vehicle image

The Cadillac Escalade leads the list of passenger vehicles targeted by thieves, insurance claims for 2008-2010 vehicles show.

The study, based on insurance claims made for model-year 2008 through 2010 vehicles, showed that the Escalade is six times more likely to be hit by thieves than the average vehicle, and its overall theft losses are more than 10 times as large.

Pickups also are a favorite of thieves, the trade group said. The Ford F-250 crew cab 4-wheel-drive comes in second to the Escalade for the most theft claims and other trucks also ranked high on the list.

Outside of trucks and luxury cars, the Chrysler 300 has the highest theft rates of any passenger car, HLDI says. On the other side of the spectrum, the Audi A6 with all-wheel drive saw the fewest claims, while the Mini Cooper Clubman saw average theft losses of just $1.

Here are the vehicles most and least likely to be targets, and the average loss payment per claim:

MOST LIKELY
Cadillac Escalade – four versions ($10,555)
Ford F-250 crew cab 4WD ($9,496)
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab ($4,948)
Ford F-450 crew cab 4WD ($11,701)
GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab ($6,022)
Chrysler 300 ($5,509)
Ford F-350 crew cab 4WD ($9,088)
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 ($6,689)
GMC Yukon ($6,645)
Chrysler 300 HEMI ($8,294)
LEAST LIKELY
Audi A6 4WD ($16,882)
Mercury Mariner – 2009-10 model years ($1,970)
Chevrolet Equinox – 2010 model year ($2,069)
Volkswagen CC – 2009-10 model years ($7,098)
Chevrolet Equinox 4WD – 2010 model year ($4,870)
Lexus RX 350 – 2010 model year ($6,084)
Saturn Vue ($3,747)
Chevrolet Aveo – 2009-10 model year ($7,642)
BMW 5 series 4WD ($12,200)
Mini Cooper Clubman mini ($1,883)