A new study by an insurance industry analytics service reveals the vehicles with the highest and lowest percentages of traffic violations. Of the top 10 automobiles with the most violations, three of them were made by Mercedes-Benz. On the opposite end of the scale, 6 of the 10 least ticketed cars were GM models.
The study by Quality Planning determined each vehicle’s number of moving violations per 100,000 miles driven.
The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible had the highest percentage of violations, racking up more than four times the number of tickets than the average automobile. Two other Mercedes vehicles — the CLS-63 AMG and CLK 63 AMG — also made the top 10 list with 264% and 179% the average number of violations.
While there was only one Toyota brand vehicle — the Camry-Solara (349% the average) — on the list, the car maker is also responsible for the two Scion models in the top 10.
Only one car from a U.S.-based car company made the most violations list — the Pontiac Grand Prix, with 182% the average number of violations.
Meanwhile, GM essentially owns the list of cars with the fewest violations. Between Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac, the car maker accounts for 60% of that top 10 list.
The car with the lowest percentage of violations was the Buick Rainier, with only 23% the average number of violations. The Rainier also had the second-oldest average driver age (61) on that list. The vehicle with the oldest average age of the driver was the Buick Lacrosse at 65 years old.
VEHICLES WITH HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF VIOLATIONS:
1. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible (404% of average)
2. Toyota Camry-Solara (349%)
3. Scion TC (343%)
4. Hummer H2/H3 (292%)
5. Scion XB (270%)
6. Mercedes-Benz CLS-63 AMG (264%)
7. Acura Integra (185%)
8. Pontiac Grand Prix (182%)
9. Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG (179%)
10. Volkswagen GTI (178%)
VEHICLES WITH LOWEST PERCENTAGE OF VIOLATIONS:
1. Buick Rainier (23% of average)
2. Mazda Tribute (26%)
3. Chevrolet C/K- 3500/2500 (26%)
4. Kia Spectra (27%)
5. Buick Lacrosse (32%)
6. Saturn Aura Hybrid (37%)
7. Oldsmobile Silhouette (37%)
8. Chevrolet Uplander (38%)
9. Hyundai Tucson (38%)
10. Pontiac Vibe (39%)