POSTED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:08am
We quite often tell you about the cars and trucks that car thieves really love.
But, what cars do they avoid?
Maybe that’s what you should drive.
There is a car stolen in America every 44 seconds.
And down here, we all know what’s vulnerable.
Trucks are the big targets in Texas of course, along with luxury vehicles.
But suppose you don’t want to be a target?
Well the Highway Data Loss Institute has compiled a list of the 5 vehicles most likely to still be in your driveway in the morning.
Number five is the Toyota Matrix. The little crossover was the twin of the late unlamented Pontiac Vibe.
It’s a nice, plain suburban hauler, but not exactly tantalizing.
Why isn’t it stolen more? Perhaps thieves just want to avoid embarrassment.
Next is the Acura RDX, another luxury crossover from Honda. The institute figures it is more expensive and more likely to be in a garage. That alone helps deter theft.
The Audi A4 is a hot little sedan, that ought to be more tempting. But European cars, particularly pricey ones, have fairly elaborate anti-theft systems.
The VW Tiguan is another small, suburban crossover that is likely kept in a small suburban garage.
And finally the Dodge Journey, a nice little family hauler has the lowest theft rate of any vehicle sold in North America. Why?
It is relatively cheap and thieves like more of a payoff from their risk. And, well, it is just a plain,jane sedan with the charisma of a small dinner salad. So, park it with confidence. It will be there in the morning in time for school.