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Chevrolet and Ford full-size pick ups most stolen vehicles second year in a row

National Insurance Crime Bureau breaks down top 10 most stolen vehicles nationally for 2021

Des Plaines, Ill.—For the second year in a row, Chevrolet and Ford full size pick-ups took the top two spots in the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual Hot Wheels vehicle theft report, and the GMC full size pick-up made the top 10 list. Of the nearly one million total vehicles reported stolen in 2021, 14% of passenger vehicles were Chevrolet, Ford, and GMC full size pick-up models.

“Used car values are at historical highs,” said David Glawe, president and CEO of NICB. “We have seen a nearly 35% increase in used car values over the last two years due to supply chain issues and inflation. Stolen cars can be shipped overseas and resold or broken down for valuable used car parts here in the U.S.”

Passenger vehicle thefts increased 8% in 2021 compared to 2020.

2021 Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles Nationally

RankVehicle Make/Model2021 Total TheftsModel Year Most Often Stolen
1.Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)48,2062004
2.Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)47,9992006
3.Honda Civic31,6732000
4.Honda Accord30,2741997
5.Toyota Camry17,2702007
6.GMC Pick-Up (Full Size)15,5992005
7.Nissan Altima14,1082020
8.Honda CR-V13,3082000
9.Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee13,2102018
10.Toyota Corolla12,9272020

The Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle, making its first appearance in NICB’s Hot Spots top 10 list, rounds out the four U.S. models most stolen in 2021. Six vehicle makes — Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Honda CR-V, and the Toyota Corolla — round out the top 10 and account for 15% of stolen passenger vehicles in 2021.  

According to NICB’s analysis, full size pick-ups and mid-sized sedans on the Hot Wheels list are also best sellers. Popularity and availability are likely contributors to their high theft numbers. The report identifies that the Ford F-Series pickup has been a top selling vehicle in the United States for decades.

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