Top 10 Stolen Crossovers and SUVs

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Crossovers and SUVs aren’t just rising in popularity with consumers – thieves are noticing them as well.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently released the most stolen crossovers and SUVs from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2013. The research only considered 2011-2013 model year vehicles that were stolen within those three years, which were a total of 21,711 crossovers and SUVs. In terms of market segments, compact crossovers were the most frequently stolen with 6,981 thefts while the pickup class of SUVs were the least stolen with 53 units.

While the study observed vehicles from the 2011-2013 model years, we’ll be touching on the models that are available today. The Chevrolet Equinox starts off the list in 10th place with 648 units stolen and for the 2014 model year, features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine as standard providing 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Priced from $25,315 including destination, the Equinox returns 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

With 665 units stolen between 2010-2013, the Toyota RAV4 is ninth place and is actually one of the most popular crossovers available in today’s market. Priced from $24,410 the RAV4 comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine sporting 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. As with most Toyota models these days, fuel economy is a respectable 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Honda vehicles always seem to find their way onto “most stolen” lists, but that’s probably because they’re also some of the most popular vehicles in general. The CR-V is a favorite among crossover and SUV shoppers, with an affordable price tag of $23,950. Under the hood is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine providing 185 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque, and similar to the RAV4, the CR-V returns 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. A total of 688 CR-Vs were stolen from 2010-2013.

Recently redesigned, the Nissan Rogue has been a popular choice among thieves with 695 stolen in the span of three years. The all-new Rogue is priced from $23,650 and comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. Best known for its functionality and reliability, the Rogue gets 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Surprisingly, the Chevrolet Traverse is one of the most stolen crossovers in America, despite not being one of the best-selling ones available. A total of 720 were stolen from 2010-2013 and the new Traverse comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 providing 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque when equipped with a dual exhaust. Compared to other vehicles on the list, the Traverse is on the more expensive side with a starting MSRP of $42,635. The V6 returns an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Kia Sorento owners, 725 of them to be exact, had their vehicles stolen between 2010 and 2013. So for those that ended up having to purchase a new one, the 2014 Kia Sorento starts at $24,995 and comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy comes in at 20-mpg city, 26-mpg highway.

A popular SUV since it was first introduced on the market, the Jeep Grand Cherokee recently went through a controversial redesign but that hasn’t stopped it from staying a top-seller within the marketplace. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee starts at $30,490 and comes standard with the American automaker’s popular 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is respectable considering the Grand Cherokee’s size with 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Better keep an eye out on it though, considering 912 of them were stolen over the span of three years.

One of the most popular SUVs on the market is also one of the most popular stolen models. The Ford Explorer saw 958 units swiped from their owners hands but now comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with a best-in-class 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Priced from $31,495, the Explorer also returns an acceptable 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Second on the list is the Ford Edge, with 1,140 units stolen from 2010-2013. Priced from $28,995, the 2014 Ford Edge comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 285 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque that gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Lastly, the most stolen crossover and SUV from 2010-2013 was the Ford Escape. With 1,421 units stolen, the Escape takes the top prize at a wide margin. Currently, the 2014 Ford Escape is available for $23,505 and comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. According to the EPA, the Escape gets a 22-mpg city, 31-mpg highway rating and it’s worth noting that it’s received a significant makeover since the 2012 model year (seen above).

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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