You meet the nicest people on a Honda… until they steal it. Honda owners should remember that the tagline only applies to motorcycles, as their cars were once again the most stolen and recovered vehicles of 2010 according to statistics released by LoJack security systems.
The Honda Accord and Civic, as well as the Toyota Camry, were the most stolen among the 10,649 total cars recovered by LoJack this year—just as they were in 2009. While this reflects the bestselling popularity among consumers, older Hondas have always been popular with thieves; mid-90s Accords, for example, and the Civic and Acura Integra are frequently targeted by nefarious enthusiasts so they can mod them.
But thieves are moving on up to newer and posher cars, just like their English brethren: one of the most stolen is the Cadillac Escalade, which is up there with the Nissan Maxima and Ram pickup. And the most popular areas for car thievery? SoCal, Texas, and Florida, where the populations are large and the car is a necessity. Click the jump to see the full list.
2010 Ranking (2009 Ranking)
1. Honda Accord (2) 2. Honda Civic (1) 3. Toyota Camry (3) 4. Acura Integra (4) 5. Cadillac Escalade (5) 6. Toyota Corolla (6) 7. Ram pickup (New) 8. Nissan Altima (8) 9. Nissan Maxima (New) 10. Chevrolet Tahoe (7)
Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles by Year, Make & Model (Less than 5 Years Old)
1. 2007 Toyota Camry 2. 2009 Toyota Camry 3. 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 4. 2007 Cadillac Escalade 5. 2006 Ford F-250 Series