The Top Vehicles Used for Secure Transportation

These are the results of a 2017 executive vehicle survey sent to Secure Transportation and Protective Services practitioners. A new survey will be available in 2019.

Practitioners who participated in the survey represent over 300 Corporations, plus the High Net Worth, and Private Security communities. Their job titles are Director of Security, EP Managers, Security Drivers, and EP Specialist. This survey is a reflection of those with a substantial amount of experience in the Protective Services/Secure Transportation Industry. The average years of experience of those that participated in the survey are 15 years.

Keep in mind that the survey indicates vehicles that are most commonly used, not necessarily the best vehicles.

A Summary of the 2017 Vehicle Survey Report

The 2017 report consisted of 36 pages of data with supplemental articles. The additional information was added to enhance and support the data.

Types of Vehicles

The sedan used most often for executive transportation is the Mercedes S-Class. This choice has not changed since our first survey in 2013.

Mercedes S-Class 28.3%
Audi A8 15.7%
BW7 Series 12.6%
Lexus LS460 10.2%
Cadillac XTS 7.9%

The most commonly used SUV is the Suburban.

The Suburban has been at the top of the list of most used SUVs since 2013, but this year there was an almost 20% decrease in its use (from 51% to 33%).

Chevrolet Suburban 33.1%
Cadillac Escalade 12.9%
GMC Denali 12.9%
GMC Yukon 6.7%

Supplemental Information

The use of armored vehicles as secure transportation has fluctuated, going from 15.5% in 2013 to 22.9% in 2015 and 14.1% in 2017. The surveys indicate that the use of armored vehicles ebbs and flows from year to year, but every year a substantial number of participants are using armored vehicles.

The survey indicates that 62% of all participants use a rental vehicle.

We found that 55% of the participants did not know about the IRS ruling regarding secure transportation.

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