Lexus ES 300 Drivers Get the Most Tickets, Survey Finds

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Regardless of generation, the Lexus ES has always been a good car with one fatal flaw, as in it’s always been too forgettable, too bland, too characterless. On the flip side, the 1992 to 2003 Lexus ES 300 is a magnet for drivers prone to traffic violations., which is a website specialized in giving quotes from insurance carriers, has recently published the results of a study titled “20 Cars That Rack Up Tickets.” The cited website tells that it had reviewed insurance claims and traffic violation data from 323,000 recent customers and from 331 models.

The previous study, published by in 2014, suggests that the Subaru Impreza WRX is a ticket magnet. The latest study, however, sees the WRX drop to twelfth and the ES 300 climb up to first place. 33 percent of the ES 300’s drivers surveyed between Feb. 2014 and Feb. 2016 got a ticket.

On second place, 33 percent of Nissan 350Z drivers got tapped on the shoulder by the long arm of the law. From third to tenth place, the next cars and percentages of ticketed drivers are the Dodge Charger SE and SXT (32 percent), Volkswagen Jetta GL (31 percent), Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS and LT (31 percent), Mazda 3S (30 percent), Volkswagen Golf GTI (30 percent), Dodge Stratus SXT (30 percent), Acura CL 3.0L (30 percent), and the Toyota Tacoma compact-turned-mid-size pickup truck (30 percent).

From eleventh to twentieth, the next set of cars with drivers who have a thing for collecting tickets is comprised of more or less unassuming vehicles. Here goes: Mazda Tribute (30 percent), Subaru Impreza WRX (30 percent), Lexus LS 400 (30 percent), Subaru Impreza 2.5L (30 percent), Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic (30 percent), Chevrolet Malibu 2LT (29 percent), Lincoln LS (29 percent), Ford Fusion S (29 percent), Mazda 3i (29 percent), and Chevrolet Tahoe K1500 (29 percent). Surprised by these results? So am I, to be frank.

Still, bear in mind that it’s not the car’s fault the driver is foolish.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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