These are Michigan’s most-stolen vehicles. See if yours made the list

Posted by Talbot Payne on April 27, 2022

If you’ve got a Dodge Charger, you may want to keep a close eye on it.

The Charger takes the dubious prize as first among the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars in Michigan, according to the latest crime data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford F-150 are the second and third most-snatched. Detroit Three models dominated the list, with Chevy the most-stolen brand with five models in the Top 10.

The Dodge Charger was Michigan's most-stolen car in 2020.

Nationally, a car is stolen every 36 seconds with the F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Honda Civic topping the charts. The statistics are compiled by the NICB in their annual “Hot Wheels” report with the latest data coming from 2020. Chargers were picked 755 times in Michigan with 583 Grand Cherokees stolen and 569 F-150 pickups.

“Auto thefts saw a dramatic increase in 2020 versus 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn, law enforcement realignment, depleted social and schooling programs, and, in still too many cases, owner complacency,” said NICB president David Glawe. “No matter what kind of vehicle you have, take steps to protect your investment — lock your car and take your keys.”

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was a favorite target of auto thieves in Michigan in 2020.

Dodge’s Charger sedan and sister Challenger coupe have been red-hot properties in recent years as the “Brotherhood of Muscle” has seen strong sales in a muscle car-friendly market.

“Hellcat cars are particularly popular due to the high price of many key components, but Scat Pack, R/T and V-6 models are key targets of car thieves in several metropolitan areas around the country (including) Metro Detroit,” says the Dodge Forum, which also attributes high theft rates to the fact that the Charger does not have a steering lock system, making rollaway thefts easier.

The Ford F-150 is not just the best-selling vehicle in the country — driving demand for parts — but chip shortages are likely to continue to make the pickup a thief magnet, say experts.

The Ford F-150 was the top target of thieves nationwide in 2020 and the third-most stolen vehicle in Michigan.

Rounding out Michigan’s most-stolen vehicles are:

4. Chevrolet Malibu (562)

5. Chevrolet Silverado (558)

6. Ford Fusion (526)

7. Chevrolet Impala (514)

8. Chevrolet Equinox (407)

9. Chevrolet Trailblazer (381)

10. Ford Escape (356)

Michigan ranked 37th nationally with a theft rate of 192 thefts per 100,000 residents. Colorado led all states with a theft rate of 502, followed by California’s 475. In raw numbers of vehicles stolen, California lad by a big margin (187,094) over Texas (93,521) and Florida (44,940). Michigan ranked 13th in total thefts with 19,105.

Nationally, 4 of the 10 most stolen vehicles were Detroit Three pickup trucks, while Japanese sedans took the other top slots. The Ford F-150 topped the national list for the second year with 44,014 thefts, while the Civic was the most snatched sedan with 34,144 units gone missing.

The nation's most-stolen sedan in 2020? The Honda Civic.

Henry Payne is auto critic for The Detroit News. Find him at or Twitter @HenryEPayne.

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