DETROIT -- The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have topped another list of most-popular vehicles nationwide, but it's a list you won't see touted in advertisements or commercials.
The two models hold 17 of the top 25 spots in a ranking of vehicles most stolen in the United States in 2000, according to CCC Information Services Inc., an insurance industry tracker of trends in theft and vehicle damage.
The 1989 Camry led the way for the fourth year in a row, followed by the 1990, 1991 and 1988 models. Honda's 1990, 1994, 1995, and 1996 Accords grabbed four of the top 10 spots.
Overall, five Camry models and a dozen of the Accords placed among the top 25 in Chicago-based CCC's yearly list, to be released Tuesday. Last year's list had 19 Camrys and Accords.
Reflecting a growing appetite for pickup trucks among thieves, the 1994 Chevrolet C1500 4x2 pickup truck placed seventh -- up four spots -- while the 1997 Ford F-150 4x2 pickup came in ninth.
The 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 sport utility vehicle placed 20th, marking the first time an SUV has made the list in four years, CCC spokeswoman Jeanene O'Brien said.
Absent from the list for the first time in at least four years is the Chevrolet Caprice, perhaps reflecting declining consumer appeal for domestic mid- and large-sized domestic sedans, O'Brien said.
Cases of major vehicle theft dropped 8.5 percent in 2000, following a 15 percent decline the year before, CCC data showed.
Observers say Camrys and Accords remain popular among thieves because they can be driven for hundreds of thousands of miles and there's a great demand for their spare parts.
Toyota and Honda say the survey is more a reflection of how CCC measures car theft -- based only on stolen vehicles never recovered, or stripped to the point of being a total loss.
Toyota spokesman John McCandless said the study is skewed for cars with durability.
"The headline is we've been leading the list for years for the same reasons -- because our cars last, and the study's biased," he said.
"It's a list we're not particularly pleased to be on," said Honda spokesman Kurt Antonius.
Honda has said the Accord would be in the middle of the pack if the rankings were weighted to show the proportion of stolen cars to total sales of that model.
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