By on January 15, 2009

“Like most people, we here at Toyota love good news.” And God knows there’s not a lot of that going around these days. Even for the royal we here at Toyota, where we’re used to making more profit per year than GM’s market capitalization. No really. “So the following piece of business from the Insurance Institute of Canada (IIoC) interests us a great deal.” Well, the intern in charge of finding non-controversial Toyota-oriented material for Open Road, anyway. “The thing that’s caught our attention is a list from IIoC that purports to detail the 10 vehicles that were the most frequently stolen in 2008, and also the 10 cars least frequently stolen.” Sorry about that “purports” thing. You try and post blogs every day with Legal breathing down your neck. “So the good news is that the IIoC listed no Toyota products on the most-stolen list. None. Zilch. Nada. There are lots of other brands represented there, some of them repeatedly. Some luxury brands, some aging economy brands. But not us.” I swear, if TTAC says one thing about how this proves that we’re somehow undesirable, they will not get one press car. Do they get press cars? Oh, OK. Never mind. [List of most and least stolen vehicles after the jump.]

Most Stolen

1. 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door
2. 1999 Honda Civic SiR 2-door
3. 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX/WRX STi 4-door AWD
4. 1995 Dodge/Plymouth Grand Caravan/Voyager
5. 1995 Dodge/Plymouth Caravan/Voyager
6. 2002 Acura RSX Type S 2-door
7. 2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster
8. 1995 Acura Integra 2-door
9. 1996 Dodge/Plymouth Neon 2-door
10. 1996 Dodge/Plymouth Neon 4-door

Least Stolen

The Least Stolen Vehicles are:
1. (tie 1st) 2003 Cadillac Deville 4-door
2. (tie 1st) 2002 Lincoln Continental 4-door
3. (tie 1st) 2001 Lincoln Town Car 4-door
4. 2007 Chevrolet Impala 4-door
5. (tie 3rd) 2001 Toyota Avalon 4-door
6. (tie 3rd) 1999 Toyota Tacoma 2WD
7. (tie 4th) 2005 Buick Terraza EXT
8. (tie 4th) 2003 Buick Regal 4-door
9. (tie 4th) 2002 Toyota Highlander 4-door 2WD
10. (tie 4th) 2000 Ford/Mercury Taurus/Sable Wagon

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20 Comments on “Toyota Not On Canada’s Most Stolen List. How Great Is That?...”

  • avatar
    John R

    Most Stolen:

    Desirable and/or easy.

    [Actually, I’m kinda surprised that these Chrysis mobiles are made off with that frequently. I bet there is more to this.]

    Least Stolen:

    Who really wants these things?

  • avatar
    Matthew Danda

    Least stolen:

    Cars driven by people depicted on the show “The Wire”. Do not make eye contact with anyone driving a Town Car, a Continental, or a DeVille.

  • avatar

    Is the list by percentage of that model stolen or simply by the gross number stolen?

    If it is the second of the two, it is a very misleading list. The number of cars of different models available to steal varies widely.

    What is important is the percentage possibility of a given car being stolen.

  • avatar

    The non-joyride cars are stolen for parts. Toyota’s don’t break, so there’s no reason to steal parts for them. This could be a great marketing campaign.

  • avatar

    @Detroit Iron

    Cars stolen for parts are primarily striped for their crash parts, not for their mechanical running gear. (no one wants a hot motor) that explains why the 1989 Toyota Camry is still the USA’s third most stolen car. Worth fixing if you can get the parts for free. I would guess, in Canada that is not true due to twenty years of road salt. Stolen cars in the auto body shop business are euphamistically called “donor cars, so I’ve been told.

  • avatar

    I was puzzled about the Chrysler products being on the most stolen list too, but, over coffee, I’ve developed a theory. Here’s my hypothesis:

    The other cars on the list are stolen as desirable vehicles – things that young people who couldn’t otherwise afford them want to drive.

    The Chryslers are there as parts supply. They are the cars that the car thieves (and their friends) own.

    On the least stolen list, I think it’s sad, sad, sad that Lincolns and Caddy’s don’t have enough status to be worth stealing…

  • avatar

    The most-stolen list is fascinating. On one hand, you have “hot” vehicles like the RSX and WRX, on the other you have perennial, yet exceedingly popular, glitch-machines like the Caravan that are probably being stolen for parts.

  • avatar

    I suspect that you’ll find that the lists would be quite different depending on where in the country you’re looking. In Vancouver, for instance, I get the impression that you see a lot of higher-end cars stolen and promptly exported (such as the TT on the list, I’d imagine). Where I live, in the middle of the prairies, most vehicles stolen are kids taking them for joy-rides or people using them to commit other crimes, so they tend to be older models that are easy to steal (such as the Neons on the list).

  • avatar
    Usta Bee

    I found out who is stealing the minivans and why….

  • avatar

    Yeah, the poke at Toyota was too easy. Like taking candy from a baby.

  • avatar
    John Horner

    The Hondas, Subaru and Acuras on the list are popular with the ricer modified crowd, but a Neon?

  • avatar

    Big cities up here generally steal for export. Montreal is known to be a major hub for shipping out stolen cars. But Winnipeg, of all places, beats us for per-capita car theft. Crimes of opportunity (as in dumb kids stealing Civics to rob a gas station) will always show up on the lists more than calculated theft rings taking desireable cars for chopping or export. It takes a lot more effort to steal a “desireable” car, what with mandatory GPS tracking systems (at least in Quebec; certain models are required to have GPS trackers installed for insurance purposes) and other anti-theft doohickery. A few years ago a big-box auto dealer was nearly blown out of the market because their employees were running a theft ring (IIRC it was mainly around WRXs) – sell a car, keep track of it, then steal it. They aren’t exactly reputable to begin with, selling cars in perfect condition with low low miles at even lower prices (you have no idea how often used cars are clocked here).

  • avatar

    It’s from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, not the Insurance Institute of Canada, but not a biggie.

  • avatar

    Canada’s most stolen includes mini-vans? Boy, you guys up there must drink a lot. :)

  • avatar


    Road salt is not as big an issue as you’d think here. Large parts of Canada are too cold for salt. (Salt doesn’t work below -18 C/0 F. It’s -33 C here as I type this.) In fact, the province where I live, Saskatchewan, has the oldest average age of cars in the nation, because the lack of salt means they tend to last a long time. (It’s also partly because of our historical economic mediocrity, but that’s changed radically in the past three years. We lead Canada in economic growth right now. But that’s off-topic.)

    Most car thefts in my part of Canada are for joyriding. Almost all stolen cars are recovered. The cars that are stolen are stolen because they’re easy to steal, primarily.

  • avatar

    The Hondas, Subaru and Acuras on the list are popular with the ricer modified crowd, but a Neon?

    The same reason as the Caravan. Cheap to buy, ubiquitous, always in need of cheap parts because they’re constantly breaking.

    I’m surprised the Cavalier and Sunfire aren’t on the list.

  • avatar

    come on guys, lets quit the detroit bashing. its getting to be a bit ridiculous and boring. the reason cars are stolen is because A. they are easy to steal and B. they are taken on a joyride. if porsches, and mercedes and cadillacs were easy to steal they would be on the list too for most stolen, but they arent.

  • avatar

    Chryslers have been on the list for decades now. Apparently, they are the easiest cars to break into. The last time I had a Chrysler product, it was stolen by 12 year olds. It was also stolen more than a few times prompting me to get rid of it as soon as I could. I can’t imagine why Chrysler can’t design door handles and locks that are more difficult to open.

    The reason minivans are stolen often is because they make great getaway cars for those breaking into houses and hauling away the loot. Being a victim of such at one time, I’m surprised Chrysler has managed to stay in business even this long.

  • avatar

    beken is right. Minivans are stolen to be used during break and enters. Of course, it helps that they’re also easy to steal anyway. But joyriding in a minivan? Wouldn’t that be more accurately described as “depressed-riding?”

  • avatar

    The Chrysler “Magic Wagons” were, for many, many years, our Ford F-150: i.e. the best-selling vehicle in Canada, all categories put together.

    Hence their most-stolen status: big market for parts!

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