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10. Lexus CT
Car thefts have dropped an average 13 percent each year since 2006 according to the latest data from the government safety regulators.
With that in mind, this is the list of the 10 car least likely to disappear from the driveway while you’re busy playing Rip Van Winkle.
Kicking off the list is the Lexus CT, an entry-level hybrid that began sales in the U.S. in March 2011. The CT 200h is powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with 98 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque paired with an electric motor for a combined system output of 134 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque. NHTSA reports 0.2 thefts in 2011 per 1,000 vehicles produced.
The Lexus SC430 has trundled on for 10 long years as the convertible of choice for Lexus devotees who are well heeled enough to buy a hardtop convertible, and don’t want the sporty driving dynamics of a Mercedes SL or BMW 6-Series – in short, wealthy old people.
Now, after a decade of production, the big Lexus is being put out to pasture. Falling demand (less than 1000 sold in 2009, with 70% sold in America) has been blamed for the vehicle’s cancellation, and a new hybrid-powered droptop, being dubbed the SC600h is apparently on the way. If you still crave an SC430, 300 are being produced for this model year, and your local Lexus dealer would likely be glad to sell you one, or one of their leftover stock from previous years.
[Source: Motor Trend]