According to a just-released report by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), the Cadillac Escalade has the dubious distinction of being the vehicle most preferred by U.S car thieves. Cadillac's iconic blingmobile is no stranger to this infamous top 10 listing, having headed the class for six of the last seven years. Trailing the Escalade in the HLDI's latest tally are the 2008-2009 Ford F-250 Crew Cab, 2008-2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe, Hemi-powered Dodge Charger R/T and SRT8, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Hummer H2 4WD, Nissan Pathfinder/Armada, Chevrolet Avalanche 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, and GMC Yukon.
The HLDI, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety uses the rate at which people file theft claims for vehicles that are one to three years old to compile the standings for this annual survey. Its data -- which is the only source to incorporate theft results based on the actual number of insured vehicles on the road -- indicate that the index numbers for those that do make the top 10 are three to five times as high as the national average. As for criteria that help them achieve this questionable status, Kim Hazelbaker, HLDI senior vice president says simply: "Sedate family cars and fuel sippers aren't on the hot list. Thieves are after chrome, horsepower, and HEMIs."
On the opposite end of the Gone-in-60-Seconds spectrum is the Volvo S80, which enjoys a stellar overall loss figure of just four percent of the national average for all passenger cars. Joining that staid Swede are the 2008-2009 Saturn VUE 4WD, 2009 Nissan Murano, 2008-2009 Saturn VUE 2WD, 2009 Honda Pilot 4WD, 2008-2009 Subaru Impreza, Toyota Prius, MINI Cooper, Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4WD and the Toyota Sienna 4WD.