These Autos Top Thieves' Hit Lists

Each year, a list of the most stolen vehicles is compiled. For another year in a row, the Cadillac Escalade tops the list.

Although every vehicle has the potential to be stolen, some are prized more heavily than others as status symbols or for parts.

Many luxury SUVs and pickup trucks are prime targets for thieves. The Escalade, with a base price of roughly $62,000, is popular among thieves. One in every 100 Escalades are reported stolen, according to The Highway Loss Data Institute. Most Escalade theft claims are for $40,000 or more. However, the average insurance payout is $11,000, which is around $5,000 more than the average payout for other vehicles.

Although Escalades are equipped with high-tech immobilization anti-theft systems, thieves work around such systems -- even towing the SUVs away on flatbeds.

While the Escalade may be a prime target, other vehicles are also popular among thieves. The Highway Loss Data Institute, a division of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, offers this breakdown, based on claims for 2007 to 2009 model years.

* Ford F-250 crew cab pickup, $9,636

* Infiniti G37 two-door luxury car, $10,324

* Dodge Charger, with HEMI engine large car, $10,118

* Chevrolet Corvette Z06 sports car, $41,229

* Hummer H2 large SUV, $10,324

* Nissan Pathfinder/Armada large SUV, $12,458

* Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 truck, $7,571

* Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab pickup, $6,814

* GMC Yukon large SUV, $9,499