Car Models With The Most Speeding Tickets

Subaru WRX
Credit: Subaru
There are a lot of stereotypes about which cars have drivers prone to a lead foot, most of which involve shiny red sports or exotic supercars. But do these stereotypes hold true? That’s what researchers at Insurify recently set out to discover. They looked through their database of over 1.6 million car insurance applications to see which applicants of what cars had prior speeding violations, crunched the numbers, and what they found might surprise you.

Their research suggests that Subaru WRX drivers seem to have the biggest issue with a lead foot, topping the top list of cars with drivers with the most speeding violations. Vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Dodge Ram 2500 also make the list. What you don’t see is a list of sports or even luxury cars. Check out the complete top ten list below.

Percentage of car owners driving each model that have a prior speeding citation: (National Average: 12%)

Hyundai Veloster: 14%
Subaru Impreza: 14%
Infiniti G37: 14%
Dodge Dart: 14%
Ram 2500: 15%
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: 15%
Hyundai Genesis Coupe: 15%
VW GTI: 17%
Scion FR-S: 19%
Subaru WRX: 20%

Here are some other Insurify facts and stats:

  • National averages.
    • In total, 11.28 percent of drivers had a prior speeding ticket on their record.
    • The average selling price of a car in June 2019 was $37,285.
  • Cheaper cars, more speeding.
    • All of the cars that made the list had a base manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) significantly below the average selling price.
  • No pattern by brand.
    • The data shows that the car models with the highest proportion of speeding tickets came from a variety of brands. In fact, seven different car manufacturers saw at least one of their models crack the top 10, and no maker was represented on the list more than twice.
  • An absence of traditional racers.
    • Many car manufacturers that have historically been big names in the racing world—such as Ferrari, Chevrolet, Ford, and Honda—missed out on the top 10.

About the Study

Here’s how Insurify figured all this out. Researchers looked over 1.6 million car insurance applications. To apply for quotes, drivers input personal and vehicle information, including the model of car they drive and whether or not they have been convicted of speeding in the past. The research team analyzed the number of cars for each model with a prior speeding violation against the total number of each model to determine the proportion with a speeding violation. They then selected the models with the 10 highest shares of ticketed drivers. Data on the cars’ MSRP and horsepower was compiled by USNews and Autoblog.
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This is a flawed study. Simply attaching previous speeding behavior with a current car purchase may or may not tell us anything. Maybe the ticket was years ago. Maybe the current car purchase is a car the buyer thinks he may not be tempted to speed in. I think a better study would be to quiz CURRENT owners of each model how many tickets they've received in the CURRENT car. Wouldn't that give a better picture of the propensity of owners of certain models to speed?
The Car Pro
Your idea might work if everyone was truthful. The study was based on actual DMV info so I do think it has validity.

As always, we appreciate the feedback!

Jerry Reynolds