Lexus ES, Nissan 350Z Drivers Get Most Speeding Tickets, Study Finds | Edmunds

Lexus ES, Nissan 350Z Drivers Get Most Speeding Tickets, Study Finds


FOSTER CITY, California — Drivers of the Lexus ES sedan and Nissan 350Z sports car are getting the most speeding tickets, according to a new study from Insurance.com.

The online insurance comparison site analyzed information from 323,349 drivers who requested quotes in the past year and found that the 33 percent of those who drove the Lexus luxury sport sedan and Nissan's Z-car had speeding tickets on their records.

Rounding out the top-10 ticket magnets were the Dodge Charger SE and SXT (at 32 percent), Volkswagen Jetta GL (31 percent), Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS and LT (31 percent), Mazda 3S (30 percent), Volkswagen GTI (30 percent) Dodge Stratus SXT (30 percent), Acura 3.0S (30 percent) and the Toyota Tacoma pickup (30 percent).

Insurance.com notes that last year's ticket champ, the performance-oriented Subaru WRX, has now dropped to 12th place on the list.

Obviously, as Penny Gusner, consumer analyst for Insurance.com, points out in a statement, "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."

Also interesting is the list of the study's least-ticketed models: the Buick Encore (with only 3 percent of drivers reporting citations), Lexus IS 350 (also 3 percent), Acura ILX (6 percent), Cadillac ATS (6 percent), Chevrolet Express (8 percent), Cadillac Escalade (8 percent), GMC Savana (9 percent), Audi A3 (9 percent), BMW 320i (10 percent) and Land Rover Range Rover (11 percent).

Traffic tickets do play a role in determining insurance rates, but past damage claims are even more important. And, says Gusner, "it's notable that cars on the most-tickets list also appear to have an above-average number of insurance claims."

The study found that 23 percent of drivers of the most-ticketed vehicles filed an insurance claim during the survey period, while only 19 percent of other drivers made insurance claims within that timeframe.

Consumers who want to find out how their vehicles fared in the study should check out the Insurance.com Cars That Get the Most Tickets page.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers and owners interested in learning more about insurance can find detailed information on the Edmunds.com Auto Insurance page.

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