Cadillac Escalade

According to a recent article in howstuffworks.com, every 40 seconds, a car or truck is stolen in the United States. The chances of these being recovered? Slim to none. The vehicles are scrapped for parts, resold or smuggled to other countries.

And the cars these thieves are lusting after aren't cute little sports cars or saucy coupes. Instead, they are high-end, luxury cars that garner good market value. But not just any luxury car. This year's list from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) is dominated by showy, fully-loaded SUVs and pickup trucks. The data includes only those cars for which insurance claims are paid.

Each year the HLDI releases statistics on auto thefts in the US based on how many of every 1,000 insured cars are reported stolen. The study, limited to models from 2007 to 2009, concludes that theft rates for the top 10 most stolen vehicles are three to five times higher than the average theft rates for all vehicles.

The countdown? As follows: (statistics from CNNMoney.com)

10. Chevrolet Tahoe (large SUV)
Chevrolet Tahoe: 5.8 of every 1,000.

9. GMC Yukon XL (large SUV)
GMC Yukon XL: 6.0 of every 1,000.

8. Hummer H2 (large SUV)
Hummer H2: 6.2 of every 1,000.

7. Nissan Maxima (midsize sedan)
Nissan Maxima: 6.5 of every 1,000.

6. GMC Sierra Crew Cab (large pickup)
GMC Sierra Crew Cab: 6.7 of every 1,000.

5. Infiniti G37 (luxury coupe)
Infiniti G37 Coupe: 7.1 of every 1,000.

4. Chevrolet Avalanche (large pickup)
Chevrolet Avalanche: 7.4 of every 1,000.

3. Dodge Charger (large sedan)
Dodge Charger: 7.4 of every 1,000.

2. Chevrolet Silverado (large pickup)
Chevrolet Silverado: 8.0 of every 1,000.

1. Cadillac Escalade (large SUV)

In first place, the Highway Loss Data Institute reports 10.8 of every 1,000 Cadillac Escalades are stolen, broken into, or stripped of parts. The Escalade has topped the list since 2002.

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Holly Reich writes about cars, travel, lifestyle and more. Her work has been featured in publications that include: Elite Traveler, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post and The Boston Herald. She contributes monthly to Motor Matters syndicate and her blog, "Riffs on Rides," appears on uptownlife.net.

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