Cadillac Escalade: The most stolen car in America

August 26, 2011 12:00 AM

The Cadillac Escalade is the "hottest" car on the market - and no, that's not an opinion.

According to a recent report by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), the Escalade is the vehicle most-targeted by thieves in America. It is approximately six times more likely to be stolen than the average vehicle, and owners incur 10 times the expense every time one is taken.

HLDI analyzed data based off of insurance claims from 2008 through 2010 to compile their most recent report. According to the Associated Press, the ranking isn't anything new for the Escalade - it's topped the list since the vehicle first became popular nearly ten years ago.

The group believes that the Escalade's status as a popular celebrity car has contributed to the increased rate of thefts.

"It's so wildly popular as far as pop culture goes," Matt Moore, a vice president at the HLDI, told the news source. "Watching the TV you see professional athletes coming in and out of them and other celebrities too. It's a status symbol."

Other popular targets for thieves included the Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-250.

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