Top 20 most ticketed vehicles in America: Is yours on the list?

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The Subaru WRX/STI sports car was the most ticketed vehicle in America last year. The number one car this year will surprise you.

Last year, the Subaru WRX/STI was the most ticked vehicle in America which is no surprise. This year the popular performance sports car has slipped to number twelve. You would expect a small high-performance sports car to get the most tickets. This is a big drop for a car that is known for it’s owners highly modifying their cars to make them even faster than they come from the factory.

This list is compiled every year by the car insurance comparison-shopping website. The insurance website says they reviewed insurance claims and traffic violation data from 331 models and more than 323,000 recent customers to come up with the list. Penny Gusner, consumer analyst for says, “It’s the driver that gets tickets, not the car. It’s interesting to see what vehicle makes and models attract drivers who are prone to traffic violations.”

Number one most ticketed car in America

The number one car is not a sports car, and it’s not even high on the fun-to-drive meter. The car they say had the most tickets will surprise you. It’s the Lexus ES 300 which is a boring car when it comes to performance and it’s low on the fun-to-drive meter. It’s likely a popular used vehicle for first time car buyers. You can find inexpensive ES 350s for sale as they were mass-produced from 1992-2003.

Top 20 most ticketed vehicles

Other than the Lexus ES 350, there aren’t many surprises on the top 10 most ticketed cars. Rounding out the top ten are the Nissan 350Z, Dodge Charger SE/SXT, Volkswagen Jetta, Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS/LT, Mazda 3S, Volkswagen GTI, Dodge Stratus, Acura 3.0S and Toyota Tacoma.

The next 10 top ticketed vehicles on the list are the Mazda Tribute, Subaru Impreza WRX/STI, Lexus LS 400 Series, Subaru Impreza 2.5I, Mercedes-Benz C300 4 Matic, Chevrolet Malibu 2LT, Lincoln LS, Ford Fusion S, Mazda 3I, and Chevrolet Tahoe K1500.

Expect to pay more for insurance

Even if you don’t have any speeding tickets or accidents, if you own one of the vehicles on the list, you will pay more for car insurance. Insurance companies often look at claims more than tickets when they adjust their insurance rates. The top ticketed cars had more claims than other drivers, 23 percent compared to 19 percent.

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