Many of us like to have a car that attracts attention. Naturally, we like to be seen and admired, and when it comes to cars, it’s pretty much the same thing. Sometimes, however, this means you will have to attract unwarranted attention, and this may even mean that you will spend more money on police tickets.
As you will see, the cars that attract police attention the most are sports cars, and this is due to both their performance and their often intimidating, aggressive look, such as the Lexus ES300. Others attract police attention, and we’re not exactly sure why, like the Volkswagen Jetta, which we are sure you will find a surprising addition to this list of 15 cars thet get noticed by the police a lot.
Of course, many of these cars are driven by younger people, which often drive faster and more recklessly, so it’s not surprising they get stopped a lot. So, without further ado, let’s get straight to it!
15. Subaru WRX
The Subaru WRX is one of the best-performing affordable sports cars, and anybody who buys it is clearly a fan of speed. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, it is the car that gets pulled over the most in the United States. Honestly, that’s far from surprising.
14. Lexus ES300
Probably due to its aggressive grill and the flashy chrome on the front of the car, the Lexus ES300 is a car the police love to pull over. It is certainly a car that attracts attention, which is great sometimes, but not so much when it’s the police. Also, it has a very sporty silhouette, and obviously, sports cars stand out the most.
13. Pontiac GTO
Although it’s far from being a powerful car, the Pontiac GTO is one of the cars that the police like to stop the most. It was first released in the early '60s, but by the mid-70s, Pontiac had stopped producing this car. However, it is still a police-magnet, and this may be due to its elongated body that attracts attention.
12. Scion FR-S
The Scion FR-S is a car that targeted young people looking for a cheap, high-performance sports cars. So, you can imagine that this sporty-looking car isn’t the type that influences you to drive the speed limit. Also, in 2016, two new flashy colors were introduced, which easily attracts police attention.
11. Nissan 350Z
In 2016, the Nissan 350Z ranked first in Forbes’ list of 20 most-ticketed cars, and when you look at that curvy, sporty body-kit, it’s not difficult to understand why. In fact, a third of 350Z owners are likely to be stopped and even ticketed by the police. So, if you hate dealing with the law, it’s best to stay away from this one.
10. Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger is an intimidating-looking muscle car with a 292 horsepower V6 engine that surely doesn’t lack power. Also, it has the reputation of being a high-performance car, and when the police see it, they immediately assume the worse. In fact, 32.1% of people who drive this car have reported getting a ticket.
9. Volkswagen Jetta GL
We’re sure that many people are wondering, "how on earth the Volkswagen Jetta made it to this list?" Well, we're shocked too, but according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, 30.8% of Jettas are ticketed by police, making it one of the cars that the authorities stop the most.
8. Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS/LT
Just like the Scion FR-S, the Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a car that was aimed at young people looking for a performance sports car at an affordable price. This one has a bit of a dodgy look, which may explain why 30.8% of Monte Carlo owners claim to have been ticketed by the police.
7. Toyota Supra
Of course, there was no way the Toyota Supra wouldn’t make this list. It is one of the iconic performance sports cars of the '90s, and anybody who owns this car is clearly a speed-nut. Also, it is a popular car to modify, making it louder and more powerful, and this instantly attracts police attention.
6. Toyota FJ Cruiser
The Toyota FT Cruiser is a great off-road car, but on the road, it’s a different story. So, why is it one of the cars targeted by police the most? Well, it may have something to do with its quirky, adventurous-looking design. Although it’s been out of production for six years, it is a car that the police love to stop.
5. Hyundai Veloster
When you simply look at the Hyundai Veloster, it screams “young guy in his mid 20s/early 30s who still can’t afford a Lamborghini or Porsche but still wants a performance sports car.” So, it is obviously a car the police keep an eye on, and 28.1% of Veloster owners claim to have been ticketed in the past.
4. Volkswagen GTI
The Volkswagen GTI is extremely fun to drive, powerful, practical, and affordable. Therefore, it’s a popular choice, and it consistently wins awards, making it the leader in its class. In 2018, it was made even more powerful with an increase in horsepower, and it’s difficult not to want to drive this car fast, which is probably why it’s on the list.
3. Mitsubishi 3000 GT
The Mitsubishi 3000 GT is a legendary sports car that was produced between 1990 and 1999, with technology that is only available in much more expensive sports cars today. So, you know what type of buyers that attracts: car nuts. And what do car nuts love more than anything else? Speed. I rest my case.
2. Dodge Neon SRT4
The Dodge Neon was first released in 2003, and at the time, it was one of the best performance cars for its price in the United States. It was already a powerful car, which can reach a speed of 60 miles per hour in only 5.4 seconds, but it is also an extremely popular choice for people who want to tune their cars, and some even managed to raise its horsepower from 230 to 400!
1. Mitsubishi EVO X
Ask people who love cars, and the majority will tell you that the Mitsubishi EVO X is simply legendary. Although Mitsubishi claimed that it had 230 horsepower, it was closer to 291, and this Japanese sports car can reach a speed of 60 miles per hour in only 4.5 seconds. Of course, it doesn’t have the best reputation with the cops.