You might peg a high-dollar, super-fast sports car as the most ticketed vehicle in the U.S., but a recent study conducted by Quality Planning, a company specializing in analytics that works with insurance companies, shows that’s not always the case. Posted in a slideshow on CNBC, Quality Planning’s top ten most ticketed cars list had a few interesting surprises this year.
Using data collected by law enforcement, Quality Planning ranked vehicles based on the number of moving violations issued per 100,000 miles. While the top ten list includes a few predictable cars, the statistics are pretty interesting. Of the top ten, seven were more likely to be driven by women. Another surprising fact was that seven of the ten total entries had drivers with an average age of 40 or higher – perhaps not the troublemakers you’d expect.
At the bottom of the list, surprisingly, was the Volkswagen GTI. With turbocharged power and a following of younger, potentially risk-taking drivers, you might expect this hot hatch to find itself on the receiving end of a radar gun more often. According to this study though, driving a Pontiac Grand Prix might get you more attention from the boys and girls in blue, as that car took the number eight spot on the list. Probably the most unexpected outcome though, was the Toyota Camry Solara coupe at number two. Tied with the Scion tC for the lowest percentage of male drivers (39 percent), the Solara surprised even the researchers with its high ticketing rate.
Somewhat predictably, the rest of the top ten is dominated by sport sedans and coupes from Mercedes-Benz, with the SL-Class convertible even claiming the top spot. Also notable is the inclusion of the Hummer H2 and H3 SUV, coming in at number four. With the highest percentage of male drivers at 73 percent and a bold, in-your-face style, we can see how the Hummer would be more likely to rack up a few citations.
Quality Planning’s Top Ten Most Ticketed Cars
- Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible
- Toyota Camry-Solara Coupe
- Scion tC Coupe
- Hummer H2/H3 SUV
- Scion XB Hatchback
- Mercedes-Benz CLS-63 AMG Sedan
- Acura Integra Coupe
- Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan
- Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Sedan
- Volkswagen GTI Hatchback