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The 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada — 2023 report

Nov. 16, 2023
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This article has been updated from a previous version.

Équité Association (Équité) just released it's Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in Canada list. This year’s list has identified Canada as an internationally known “source country for illegal trade,” adding that auto theft across the country is used to fund terrorism and organized crime both at home and abroad.

In addition to naming the specific models of oft-targeted vehicles, they've also listed the number of those vehicles insured across Canada, the number of thefts for each vehicle model year, as well as their theft rate. In 2022, auto-theft claims amounted to a record high of $1.2 billion, subsequently adding more financial pressure to increase law enforcement and further burning our court system.

There's also the higher cost of insurance itself on drivers — RATESDOTCA found that the cost of comprehensive insurance jumped upwards of 25% on these commonly stolen vehicles over the past two years alone. Increased claims of theft have also led some insurers to impose a $500 surcharge on high-risk models upon renewal, only removed upon installation of an anti-theft device such as the Tag tracking system or a steering wheel lock.

Compared to last year's list of most stolen vehicles, Équité reported an uptick of trucks being stolen across Canada, primarily models from 2020 and later (with the exception of 2006 models of Chevrolet, GMC Silverado, and Sierra 1500 Series trucks). SUVs have been popular with both drivers and thieves over the past few years, and they continue to be popular, taking up six spots on the 10 most stolen list.

The 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada

 Ranking Make/model Model year # of vehicles insured # of thefts Theft rate (%) Type
 1 Honda CR-V 2020 469,144 5,620 1.2% SUV
 2 Dodge RAM 1500 Series 2022 508,061 2,600 0.5% Truck
 3 Ford F-150 Series 2020 615,740 1,833 0.3% Truck
 4 Lexus RX Series 2020 93,766 1,815 1.9% SUV
 5 Toyota Highlander 2021 117,663 1,759 1.5% SUV
 6 Honda Civic 2019 705,056 1,493 0.2% Sedan
 7 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021 120,387 1,349 1.1% SUV
 8 Land Rover Range Rover 2020 34,201 1,343 3.9% SUV
 9 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500 Series 2006 595,816 1,260 0.2% Truck
 10 Jeep Wrangler 2021 132,219 1,189 0.9% SUV

For the first time, Équité also included a list of least stolen vehicles in Canada. The cars that see the least frequent rates of theft are mostly safe, family-friendly and relatively affordable sedans. Each of these models have reported less than 10 thefts. The Chevrolet Bolt has only seen one reported incident of theft in Canada in 2022.

The 10 least stolen vehicles in Canada in the 2023 report

 Ranking Make/model # of vehicles insured # of thefts Theft rate (%) Type
 1 Chevrolet Volt 16,471 1 0.006% Sedan
 2 Kia Niro 5DR 11,276 3 0.027% Sedan
 3 Cadillac XT5 21,268 4 0.019% SUV
 4 Buick Envision 14,380 4 0.028% SUV
 5 Mini Cooper Countryman 13,256 4 0.030% Sedan
 6 Volvo XC90 15,918 5 0.031% SUV
 7 Volkswagen Beetle 14,967 6 0.040% Sedan
 8 Chevrolet Corvette 11,785 6 0.051% Sedan
 9 Hyundai Ioniq 12,096 7 0.058% Sedan
 10 Mazda Mazda2 13,585 8 0.059% Sedan

 

Just like previous years, Équité also noticed regional insights, showing which vehicles thieves are more likely to target by province.

The 10 most stolen vehicles in Ontario in the 2023 report

In Ontario, criminals tend to seek these vehicles:

 Ranking Make/model Model Year # of vehicles insured # of thefts Theft rate (%) Type
 1 Honda CR-V 2020 224,311 2,684 1.2% SUV
 2 Lexus RX Series 2020 57,753 1,707 3.0% SUV
 3 Dodge RAM 1500 Series 2022 195,873 1,405 0.7% Truck
 4 Toyota Highlander 2021 60,326 1,344 2.2% SUV
 5 Land Rover Range Rover 2020 20,743 1,225 5.9% SUV
 6 Ford F150 Series 2020 214,067 901 0.4% Truck
 7 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021 47,981 766 1.6% SUV
 8 Jeep Wrangler 2021 63,443 689 1.1% SUV
 9 Honda Civic 2019 318,551 630 0.2% Sedan
 10 Acura RDX 2021 37,235 459 1.2% SUV

 

Often, thieves target Lexus and high-end Toyota models for export by organized crime groups, while others have been identified in street racing rings.

The 10 most stolen vehicles in Alberta in the 2023 report

In Alberta, auto thieves target these 10 vehicles the most:

 Ranking Make/model Model year # of vehicles insured # of thefts Theft rate (%) Type
 1 Dodge RAM 1500 Series 2014 91,771 373 0.4% Truck
 2 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 2500 2007 37,685 349 0.9% Truck
 3 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500 Series 2005 95,362 336 0.4% Truck
 4 Ford F150 Series 2018 106,175 315 0.3% Truck
 5 Ford F350 Series 2006 22,527 289 1.3% Truck
 6 Dodge RAM 2500 Series 2001 20,683 119 0.6% Truck
 7 Honda Civic 2000 49,935 117 0.2% Sedan
 8 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021 32,231 106 0.3% SUV
 9 Ford F250 2004 7,196 106 1.5% Truck
 10 Honda CR-V 1999 48,023 103 0.2% SUV

 

In Alberta, pickup trucks are the most sought after by crooks, with the Ford F-Series being the among the most popular for several years in a row.

Unlike other provinces, models from 2007 and earlier are favoured by thieves, possibly because they're easier to steal as many do not have theft-deterrent devices installed.

How to protect your vehicle from theft

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, a vehicle is stolen every six minutes in Canada.

Consider these tips to avoid falling victim to auto theft:

  • Don’t leave your keyless entry fob in your vehicle or near the front entrance to your house unprotected. Faraday boxes or bags can block the key fob’s signal from being relayed to thieves.
  • Install an electronic vehicle immobilizer to prevent thieves from hot-wiring your car, truck, or SUV.
  • Install a tracking device that emits a signal to police, enabling them to locate your vehicle.
  • Don’t be an easy target for auto theft. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area or garage and ensure all the windows are closed and the doors are locked.
  • Have a visible or audible device that tells thieves your vehicle is protected, and never leave your car running when unattended.
  • Get a steering wheel or brake pedal lock.

If you are concerned about the cost of your car insurance — whether it’s for your existing vehicle or a prospective one — take a few minutes to compare auto insurance quotes from several insurance providers. It could save you money on your annual premium.

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RATESDOTCA Team

The RATESDOTCA editorial team are experienced writers focused on sharing stories and bringing you the latest news in insurance and personal finance. Our goal is to provide Canadians with the information and resources they need to make better insurance and financial decisions.

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