The National Insurance Crime Bureau has issued its annual "Hot Wheels" list of most stolen cars of the past year and our nation's car thieves prove to have decent taste in automobiles. Here are the three cars worth stealing.
The most-stolen cars list has the usual suspects of old Hondas, but there are more and more late-model cars showing up. Carjackers are figuring out how to get past key codes designed to stop anyone but yourself from starting your car. Crooks can now get a replacement code for a specific car and get a replacement key made in a few days. Thankfully, they're mostly just stealing full-size trucks.
Here's the top ten list, from most to least stolen.
The Ten Most Stolen Cars In America
- 1994 Honda Accord
- 1998 Honda Civic
- 2006 Ford F-150
- 1991 Toyota Camry
- 2000 Dodge Caravan
- 1994 Acura Integra
- 1999 Chevy Silverado
- 2004 Dodge Ram
- 2002 Ford Explorer
- 1994 Nissan Sentra
Obviously, we don't encourage anyone to break in to any cars, as car theft sucks, but if you did you could do worse than these three cars.
Why it's theft-worthy: Most of the top ten most stolen cars list are plain, ubiquitous vehicles that don't attract much attention. America's thieves are stealing full size trucks from Dodge, Chevy, and Ford along with a Dodge Caravan and a Ford Explorer. These are all boring as hell to drive.
The most stolen vehicle in the country, however, is a '94 Accord. It's light on its feet, it's got great visibility, and it's durable. We wish all new family sedans were as nice as these old Hondas. The only problem with them is that no less than a week after you steal yours, someone will steal it back.
Why it's theft-worthy: The #2 most stolen car in 2011 again shows how Honda in the ‘90s nailed what we want in a family car. These are the last really great Civics, with low weight (2,400-2,500 pounds) and spry handling. You can have fun in even the most basic models, especially if you're joyriding someone else's car.
We recommend you tear out the stereo yourself and leave the car unlocked each night with the windows down, as this thing will get stolen anyway. Might as well save the thieves the trouble of breaking any glass.
Why it's theft-worthy: The '94 Integra is down at the #6 most stolen spot, but that's probably because they're harder to find than anything else on the list. If these Integras were as common as Civic, people would be jacking them daily. They're about the best handling front-wheel-drive cars that were ever sold in America.
An Integra is happiest when you're driving it like you stole it. That's convenient, since most of the time it's a car thief behind the wheel.
Check out the full list of most stolen cars ranked state-by-state here.