There are few things that can put a damper on your day like having your car stolen. For the average American, a car is the second most expensive purchase behind a home you’re likely to make, and not an item you’re gonna be okay with going missing. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute’s (HLDI) most recent study, V8 powered Mopar muscle cars such as the Dodge Charger and Challenger were the most common targets for auto theft between 2016 and 2018. The study relies on whole-vehicle theft claims made during this time period, and does not account for more broadly related auto theft claims.
Moreover, multiple variants of the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger make the list, and it’s the Hemi-powered Charger takes the top spot overall. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat comes in at the number two spot, with both Mopars having a relative claim frequency five times greater than average. Other Dodge vehicles that made the top twenty include the standard Dodge Challenger at number six, the AWD Dodge Charger at number 11, the AWD Dodge Durango at number 12, and the standard Charger at number 15. In short, if you’re an owner of either of these muscle cars, be sure to take extra precaution.
Nearly every entry in HLDI’s top 20 ranking for 2016-2018 was either a luxury vehicle, a pickup or a vehicle with a large engine. If there is one thing that is known about the Dodge muscle car line-up right now, it’s the fact that they have big power under the hood.
Data was also calculated by HLDI for the least stolen vehicles during that time period as well, with some interesting results. Despite being one of the most popular luxury sedans on the market, the BMW 3-series in RWD guise manages to take the top spot on the least stolen list. Tesla rounds out the podium with the Model S and Model X taking second and third respectively. Electric cars in general have lower theft rates than normal cars, which may relate to owners parking in garages or private residences to charge.
HLDI senior vice president Matt Moore said that better security features on all vehicles would help to address these problems, which is something that many of the least stolen cars have in droves.