Warning: If You Live in Canada Don’t Own a Lexus
This MotorBiscuit public service message is for all you Lexus owners living in Canada, and those considering owning one. Don’t. You shouldn’t own or consider owning a Lexus model for one reason. Car theft is the problem. In fact, it’s so bad that in 2021, one in 15 Lexus models was swiped.
What are the most-stolen vehicles in Canada
Of the 34,560 Lexus automobiles insured in Canada, 2,202 were stolen, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. The good news is that the Lexus RX is the only model that pops up on this list. That’s as opposed to Honda.
Honda models show up on this list three times. But what’s more important is that it is the number one manufacturer of stolen cars in Canada. With 236,555 sold between 2016 and 2021, 4,117 were stolen. That’s almost twice as many as the number two Lexus RX.
Why are Honda Civics and Accords stolen more often?
But two other Honda models, the Civic and the Accord, are also on the list. There were 768 Civics and 372 Accords stolen, built between 2016 and 2021. But when a vehicle is the most popular, as Honda’s is, that means there are more of them to choose from.
It also means that with more on the road it’s easier to snag one. And more Hondas means more getting in accidents, which translates to some repair shops needing black-market parts. The parts are cheaper to buy that way, and besides, they’re genuine Honda parts.
Which model ranks highest for car theft in the U.S.?
In the U.S., things are a bit different. Full-size trucks are the thieves’ vehicle of choice in 2021, according to Insurify. Ford, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC, and Ram are all found in the top 10 most stolen vehicles in the U.S. Number one is Ford’s F-150, with number two going to the Chevy Silverado. But two Honda vehicles are next on the list.
There were 34,144 Honda Civics stolen and 30,814 Accords picked off. Rounding out the top five most stolen is the Toyota Camry, at 16,915 boosted. And the reasons these vehicles are targeted by thieves are the same as in Canada. They’re popular, so they’re easier to find, and parts to fix them are in high demand.
The F-150’s theft rate is 5.9 for every 1,000 registered. Or put another way, for every 1,000 Ford F-Series pickups sold, 167 are swiped. Surely not as bad a ratio as with the Lexus RX in Canada, but a sizable number nonetheless.
Generally, across the U.S., more Hondas and Toyotas are stolen along both coasts and in Hawaii. In the flyover states, it’s Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150 trucks that are more often ripped off. That’s also the story in the south. The only state where an American car is stolen the most is Michigan. There, the Dodge Challenger and Charger are the most stolen cars.