10 Cars Most Likely to Get Traffic Tickets

Which cars are you most -- or least -- likely to be driving when you get in trouble with the law? Find out.

10 Cars Most Likely to Get Traffic Tickets Photo (cc) by Janitors

Lexus stopped manufacturing its ES 300 in 2003, but the model is still No. 1 in 2016 when it comes to traffic tickets.

A recent study by Insurance.com identified the Lexus ES 300 as the vehicle driven by the largest percentage of recently ticketed drivers. At the other end of this spectrum, drivers of the Buick Encore are least likely to get a ticket.

For its study, Insurance.com reviewed insurance claim and traffic violation data on 331 models and about 323,000 drivers who were surveyed between Jan. 1, 2014, and Feb. 1, 2016. The vehicle rankings were calculated on models for which more than 250 quotes had been sought.

Penny Gusner, consumer analyst for Insurance.com, notes:

“It’s the driver that gets tickets, not the car. But it is interesting to see what vehicle makes and models attract drivers who are prone to traffic violations.”

The 10 cars found to get the most tickets are:

  1. Lexus ES 300
  2. Nissan 350Z
  3. Dodge Charger SE/SXT
  4. Volkswagen Jetta GL
  5. Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS/LT
  6. Mazda 3S
  7. Volkswagen GTI
  8. Dodge Stratus SXT
  9. Acura 3.0s
  10. Toyota Tacoma

For cars No. 11 through No. 20 on Insurance.com’s most-ticketed list, check out this page of the study results.

The 10 cars found to get the least tickets are:

  1. Buick Encore
  2. Lexus IS350
  3. Acura ILX
  4. Cadillac ATS
  5. Chevrolet Express
  6. Cadillac Escalade
  7. GMC Savana
  8. Audi A3 2-Series
  9. BMW 320I
  10. Land Rover Range Rover

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Are you prone to speeding tickets? Check out “8 Overlooked Ways to Avoid a Speeding Ticket.”

What’s do you think? Is it the driver or the car that is most responsible for tickets? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More


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