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 |  Aug 03 2010, 10:50 AM

The Cadillac Escalade is the most stolen vehicle in America, according to newly released data by the Highway Loss Data Institute. Using data that measures the number of insurance claims, as well as the payout received, the HLDI’s formula differs from those used by law enforcement agencies that take into account only the number of stolen vehicles.

Cars like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry tend to top those rankings, while the HLDI lists vehicles like the Escalade, Ford F-250, Infiniti G37 and Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at the top – vehicles that sell in lower volumes but cost much more than the average family sedan. According to the HLDI, work trucks like the F-250 are stolen not only for the vehicles themselves, but for the expensive tools and equipment contained within them.

At the other end of the scale, the Nissan Murano, Saturn Vue, Volvo S80 and Toyota Prius were among the least stolen vehicles. The HLDI is affiliated with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a lobbying arm of the U.S. insurance industry.

[Source: Inside Line]