What cars are most likely to have a catalytic converter stolen?
Catalytic converter theft has become a serious issue, as the cost of the precious metals in catalytic converters have skyrocketed. This has led to an increase of reported catalytic converter thefts from roughly 1,300 in 2018 to more than 52,000 in 2021.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the most targeted cars for catalytic converter theft nationwide are the 1985-2021 Ford F-Series, 1989-2020 Honda Accord, 2007-17 Jeep Patriot, 1990-2022 Ford Econoline, 1999-2021 Chevrolet Silverado, 2005-21 Chevrolet Equinox, 1997-2020 Honda CR-V, 1987-2019 Toyota Camry, 2011-17 Chrysler 200, and 2001-21 Toyota Prius.
Depending on the region, certain vehicles may be more popular targets, such as the Subaru Outback in the West and the Jeep Compass in the South. To prevent catalytic converter theft, it is important to take measures such as parking in a well-lit, high-traffic area, installing motion-sensor lighting, and investing in car alarms.