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The Ford F-250 has replaced the Cadillac Escalade as the favorite target of thieves, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

Thieves continue to target large pickups and large SUVs at higher rates than other vehicles, says the HLDI. Top on this year's list of the most stolen vehicles is the F-250 crew cab, with a claim frequency of 7 per 1,000 insured vehicle years -- nearly 6 times the average for all vehicles.

The good news? HLDI says theft rates in general are declining, thanks in large part to the spread of ignition immobilizers, which prevent vehicles from being hot-wired and were standard in 89 percent of 2012 models. Fewer pickups than cars or SUVs reportedly have this feature as standard, which may help explain the higher theft rates for pickups.

Below is a look at the 10 vehicles with the highest and lowest theft claim rates for 2010 to 2012 passenger vehicles.

Highest Claim Rates

YearMakeModel Max Rebate
2012NissanTitan $5,500
2013ChevroletImpala $4,000
2013ChevroletVolt $4,000
2012FordF-150 $3,500
2013Chrysler200 $3,500
2013FordExpedition $3,500
2013GMCYukon $3,500
2013GMCYukon Hybrid $3,500
2013NissanTitan $3,500
2012FordE-Series Van $3,000
2012MitsubishiGalant $3,000
2012MitsubishiOutlander $3,000
2013CadillacCTS $3,000
2013CadillacEscalade $3,000
2013ChevroletSilverado $3,000
2013ChevroletTahoe $3,000
2013ChevroletTahoe Hybrid $3,000
2013DodgeAvenger $3,000
2013DodgeDurango $3,000
2013GMCSierra $3,000
2013GMCYukon XL $3,000
2013JeepCompass $3,000
2013ToyotaSequoia $3,000
2013ToyotaTundra $3,000
2013ChevroletMalibu $2,500
2013ChevroletSuburban $2,500
2013Chrysler300 $2,500
2013DodgeChallenger $2,500
2013DodgeCharger $2,500
2013DodgeGrand Caravan $2,500
2013FordF-150 $2,500
2013FordFlex $2,500
2013FordTaurus $2,500
2013GMCSierra 1500 Hybrid $2,500
2013NissanArmada $2,500
2012FordTransit Connect $2,000
2012NissanNV $2,000
2013CadillacATS $2,000
2013CadillacSRX $2,000
2013CadillacXTS $2,000
2013ChevroletCorvette $2,000
2013ChryslerTown and Country $2,000
2013DodgeJourney $2,000
2013FIAT500e $2,000
2013JeepPatriot $2,000
2013MazdaCX-9 $2,000
2013NissanMaxima $2,000
2013NissanQuest $2,000
2013ToyotaSienna $2,000
2014FordTaurus $2,000
2014JeepCompass $2,000





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