The 10 Most Stolen Cars In America: Report

Two older-model Hondas topped the “Hot Wheels” report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, but a lot has changed with these cars.

DETROIT, MI — If you’re driving a 1997 or 1998 Honda Accord or Civic, you’re at greater risk than owners of newer models to have your car stolen, according to the annual “Hot Wheels” report released Thursday. The National Insurance Crime Bureau report shows the top 25 vehicle makes and models that were reported stolen in calendar year 2016.

Of the 50,427 Honda Accords reported stolen last year, 7,527 were from model year 1997. The No. 2 used car stolen was Honda’s 1998 Civic. Of the 49,547 Civics stolen last year, 7,578 were 1998 models.

Though Honda Accords and Civics dominate the annual list, they are older, pre-smart key production models, the NICB said. However, since the introduction of smart keys and other anti-theft technology, Honda thefts have fallen precipitously. Among the top 25 most stolen 2016 model year vehicles, there were only 493 thefts of Accords last year.

Technology is working, but complacency can defeat it, NICB said. Thefts are down dramatically since their all-time high in 1992, but thousands of vehicles continue to be stolen each year because owners leave their keys or fobs in the vehicles, and that invites theft.

Here are the top 10 most stolen models in 2016.

Rank Make/Model Model Year Most Stolen
(# Thefts)
Total Model Thefts
1 Honda Accord 1997 (7,527) 50,427
2 Honda Civic 1998 (7,578) 49,547
3 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 2006 (2,986) 32,721
4 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 2004 (2,107) 31,238
5 Toyota Camry 2016 (1,113) 16,732
6 Nissan Altima 2015 (1,673) 12,221
7 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) 2001 (1,288) 12,128
8 Toyota Corolla 2015 (1,070) 11,989
9 Chevrolet Impala 2008 (1,013) 9,749
10 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 2000 (898) 9,245

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If you’re driving a 1997 or 1998 Honda Accord or Civic, you’re at greater risk than owners of newer models to have your car stolen, according to the annual “Hot Wheels” report released Thursday.
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