Report: Vehicles Most Likely To Get You A Speeding Ticket


Crazy Little Child
Oct 17, 2008
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Drive One of These? Slow Down
Taking a close look at real-life data sometimes has a way of upending conventional wisdom. Take the recent study that reveals a correlation between what people drive and how they drive -- that is, how fast, how slow, or how safely.

For starters, the data compiled in the study contradicts the conventional wisdom that fire-breathing sports cars are the ones that are ticketed most often for speeding and other moving violations. Indeed, the most-ticketed vehicle in the study, conducted by Quality Planning -- a company that validates policyholder info for auto insurers -- was the Hummer H2/H3. It seems speeding tickets follow the large behemoths.

10 Vehicles Most Likely To Get You A Speeding Ticket

However, another finding of the study does reinforce a truism, which is that younger people generally people drive faster -- and get more speeding tickets -- than older drivers. That would explain why three different Scion vehicles were among the Top 10 vehicles that got the highest percentage of speeding tickets: Scion's demographic skews prominently to drivers in their 20s and 30s.

The following gallery shows the Top 10 vehicles that received the greatest number of moving violations (including speeding tickets) in the study, which was based on data gathered between August 2007 and September 2008, using a sample size of 1.7 million vehicles.

The "rating" number listed for each model represents how much more likely the model was to get a moving violation, compared with the survey's overall average score of all vehicles. For example, the Hummer's rating of 4.63 means it was 4.63 times more likely to get a ticket than the average score.

The vehicle info in each slide is for the latest model-year available. (A few, like the Scion xA, are no longer in production.)

Later, in another story, we'll present the list of the vehicles that were least likely to get speeding tickets.

#9 (tied) Ticket Prone: Toyota MatrixMSRP Starts At: $16,550
Speeding Ticket Rating: 2.64 times average

Tied with the Audi A4, Toyota's Matrix was totally redesigned for '09, is now available as a '10 model. It's Toyota's synergy of zippy sports-car appeal with the utility of a cute-ute. It comes in three FWD drive trim levels and one AWD trim level (S). The Base is powered by a 1.8-liter 132-hp four-cylinder, while the others get power from a 158-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder.

#9 (tied) Ticket Prone: Audi A4MSRP: Starting at $31,000
Speeding Ticket Rating: 2.64 times average

Tied with the Toyota Matrix, Audi's A4 is one of the many stalwarts in the company's stable, offering spiffy design elements and quality accoutrements. It can be had as either a sedan, wagon (Avant) or Cabriolet body styles, and buyers can choose either the Quattro AWD system or the FrontTrak FWD system on sedans and Cabriolets. For '09, the sedan and Avant have been redesigned.

#8 Ticket Prone: Subaru OutbackMSRP: Starting at $22,295
Speeding Ticket Rating: 2.66 times average

The Outback wagon has two-tiered appeal. The sport-wagon design beckons off-roaders, and its roomy interior appeals to both sportster types and to those who have other cargo-hauling needs. The Outback offers three engine choices, depending on the trim level -- a 170-hp four-cylinder, a 243-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, or a 245-hp six-cylinder.

#7 Ticket Prone: Scion xAMSRP: Starting at $12,780
Speeding Ticket Rating: 2.75 times average

The Scion xA was discontinued after 2006 to make room for the xD, so the price listed reflects its 2006 new-car MSRP. Many xA's are still out on the road, given Toyota's rep for reliability. It's a solid, small five-passenger hatchback, is a youthful entry like all Scions, and is powered by a 103-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder.

#6 Ticket Prone: Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMGMSRP: Starting at $96,300
Speeding Ticket Rating: 2.76 times average

The CLS63 AMG is the sportier entry in Mercedes-Benz's "youthful" CLS-Class, which also includes the CLS550. The CLS is Mercedes' fusion of coupe-like sporty appeal with some of the more practical elements of a sedan. The more aggressive CLS63 AMG is powered by a brawny, 507-hp V8 engine.

#5 Ticket Prone: Toyota Camry SolaraMSRP: Starting at $20,180
Speeding Ticket Rating: 3.06 times average

The Solara is Camry's coupe / convertible entry, so it's sportier than the more high-volume Camry family sedan -- although it does offer the utility of a full rear seat. Coupe buyers get a choice between the 155-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and the 210-hp 3.3-liter V-6, while the even sportier ragtop is only available with the V-6.

#4 Ticket Prone: Mercedes-Benz CLKMSRP: Starting at $89,000
Speeding Ticket Rating: 3.97 times average

The CLK63 AMG is one of four models within the CLK-Class -- a class marked by luxury refinements and road-burning engine performance. The CLK63 AMG cabriolet -- which ended production after the 2008 model year, was powered by a 6.2-liter 475-hp V8.

#3 Ticket Prone: Scion xBMSRP: Starting at $15,750
Speeding Ticket Rating: 4.03 times average

Even more popular among younger buyers -- especially those in big cities -- the funky-boxy Scion xB has been labeled an "urban utility vehicle." The xB draws its power from a 158-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, hitched to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic with manual shift mode.

#2 Ticket Prone: Scion tCMSRP: Starting at $17,000
Speeding Ticket Rating: 4.60 times average

The tC coupe has proven to be a popular entry for Scion, especially with younger buyers, due to its low price, reliability and spiffy design. The tC gets its power from a 161-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, matched to either a five-speed manual or an available four-speed automatic.

#1 Ticket Prone: Hummer H2 / H3MSRP: Starting at $33,390 (H3); $63,090 (H2)
Speeding Ticket Rating: 4.63 times average

The study combined the H2 and the H3 SUVs, although they are very different vehicles. The H2 is a big, powerful, expensive vehicle, while the H3 is a mid-sized number with a more mid-line price and a smaller power plant. The H2 is powered by a flex-fuel 393-hp 6.2-liter Vortec V8 engine, while the base H3 has a 242-hp 3.7-liter inline five-cylinder.


The Broken Regal

Jun 26, 2007
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meh, all this really proves is who drives like a moron per which particular car

bottom 10 probably includes my car :io:

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