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Top stolen vehicles of 2023: Why do Hyundai, Kia cars head the list

2023 has seen a rapid surge in stolen vehicles in the US, mostly vehicle models manufactured by Hyundai and Kia, according to a Fox Business report.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), in its latest revelation, has stated that the third most stolen vehicle this year is the Kia Optima. The report also suggests that Kia models dominated the stolen vehicles list, with six models from the manufacturer featuring in the top-10 ranking. Top cars were stolen in 2023, according to NICB.

Kia Soul

Alongside the Kia Optima, other models like Kia Soul, Kia Forte, and Kia Sportage also were one of the most stolen vehicles in the previous year after being stolen 21,000 times, over 16,000 times, and over 15,700 times, respectively, says ‘Fox Business’.

Meanwhile, the Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Sonata were stolen the most number of times throughout the year 2023. Elantra beat Sonata roughly by 6,000 more thefts. Although this is a very weird list to be in, this shows the popularity of these models in the world of crime.

Other cars that also feature in the most stolen vehicles list of 2023

Top-10 list of the most stolen vehicles
The top-10 list of the most stolen vehicles last year has other state-of-the-art cars that include the likes of Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Honda Accord, Ford F-150 Series and others.

It has also been reported by NICB that 34% of the stolen vehicles that year have seen a recovery on the same day itself while 45% of the cars get recovered within two days.

What led to the rise of vehicle robbery?

Hyundai and Kia thefts have risen sharply according to the NICB data and experts suggest that it may be mostly due to the viral social media trend of stealing cars and its methodologies. To combat this trend, the manufacturers began offering anti-theft software upgrades, but to no avail.


1. Which are some of the top cars stolen in 2023?
According to recent data presented in NICB, Hyundai and Kia car models have topped the list of the most stolen vehicles in 2023. Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Sonata spearhead this list by the NICB.

2. How many Kia cars are there in the top cars stolen in 2023?
Kia car models make up at least 60% of the top-10 list of the most stolen vehicles in 2023. These models include the Kia Soul, Kia Forte, and Kia Sportage alongside the Kia Optima.

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