This just in from the The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI): the Toyota Prius is the least stolen vehicle in America. That’s right my fellow green drivers – yet another reason to buy a hybrid. The HLDI came out with their annual report this year of theft loss results for passenger vehicles one to three years old and it seems thieves are really into gas guzzlers. The Cadillac Escalade tops the list with 1 out of every 100 cars stolen and the Prius sits honorably in last place with a mere 1 in every 1,250 cars stolen.
“Sedate family cars and fuel sippers aren’t on the hot list,” noted Kim Hazelbaker, senior vice president at HLDI. “Thieves are after chrome, horsepower, and HEMIs.” Imagine what the bottom of the list will look like next year with “say no to gasoline” cars like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt hitting the streets. Right now the Prius — which averages 50 mpg — shares the bottom spot with gas dainties like the Mini Cooper, which has a 32 mpg average.
The Escalade’s average 13 mpg sits at the top of the list with its thirsty friends the Ford F-250 — with an impressive average of 10 mpg — and the Dodge Charger HEMI — with an equally impressive 11 mpg. It looks like not only will you save on gas prices by choosing a fuel efficient vehicle but you’ll save on stress and damage/loss of your car as well when your neighbors petroleum eating truck gets heisted instead of your environmentally friendlier hot rod.