Most expensive cars to insure

The most expensive cars to insure are usually the ones that cost the most to repair or replace in an accident, which is why more expensive cars cost more to insure, like the Tesla Model Y at $2,884 per year.

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Rachael Brennan

Rachael Brennan

Senior Editor & Licensed Auto Insurance Expert

Rachael Brennan is a senior editor and a licensed auto insurance expert at Policygenius. Her work has also been featured in MoneyGeek, Clearsurance, Adweek, Boston Globe, The Ladders, and AutoInsurance.com.

Published April 1, 2022 | 4 min read

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For many people, buying a luxury or performance car like a Mazda MX-5, Porsche 911 or Tesla Model S is a lifelong dream.But what about auto insurance to protect your fancy new ride? 

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Before you buy a new car, you should consider that expensive cars usually mean more expensive car insurance. You might be able to afford the car itself, but the cost of insuring an expensive, luxury car might be too much for your budget.

Key takeaways

  • Luxury cars, sports cars like the Porsche 911 and Mazda MX-5, and high-end electric vehicles like Teslas are generally the most expensive cars to insure.

  • If it costs more to fix your car after an accident, you should expect to pay higher car insurance rates.

  • Insurance companies use lots of different factors to set your rates, including your age, your location, your driving history, and the make and model of your vehicle.

Which cars are the most expensive to insure?

The most expensive cars to insure tend to be the cars that are the most expensive to repair or replace if you have a total loss. If your car is stolen or totaled in an accident, the insurance company will write you a check to replace it, and the bigger that check needs to be, the higher your insurance rates.

Insurance rates are also higher for cars based on rising repair costs. Twenty years ago a small fender bender likely didn’t do too much expensive damage, but many cars today have rearview cameras and other sensitive equipment that can be damaged in even the smallest of accidents, making them more expensive to repair. That said, there are some cars that are almost universally more expensive to insure.

1. Luxury cars

It may seem simple, but insuring a luxury car is expensive because buying a luxury car is expensive. The cost to replace a luxury car that has been stolen or totaled is much higher than the cost of replacing, say, a Ford Escape or a Toyota Corolla. 

Luxury cars also usually have expensive parts, which means repairing a luxury car that has been damaged in an accident will cost quite a bit more than fixing your average family sedan.

For example, a Maserati Quattroporte has an MSRP of $96,000 for the Quattroporte GT (the base model) to $145,000 for the Quattroporte Trofeo. That means that repairing or replacing a Maserati Quattroporte is significantly more expensive than, say, a Honda Odyssey, which is why it will be so much more expensive to insure. 

2. Electric vehicles

While some electric vehicles are cheaper to insure than others, many of the most popular electric cars are much more expensive to insure than a standard gas-powered vehicle. 

This is because the battery and other specialized equipment in an electric car is more expensive to repair than its gas-powered counterparts, although this may start to change as all-electric vehicles become more common.

Electric cars also tend to be more expensive than their gas-powered alternatives, which means the insurance company will have to pay more money to replace one due to a total loss.

For example, a Tesla Model S has an MSRP of $99,990. Not only does the higher price tag bring up the cost of insurance, but it may require a specific repair shop that specializes in electric vehicles, which makes it more expensive to repair in the event of an accident.

3. Sports cars

Sports cars, like McLaren 720S or Alpine A110, have the same problem as luxury and electric vehicles: a higher price tag generally comes with a higher insurance premium. 

However, sports cars face another serious issue — they are designed for high speeds and accelerated performance. This means insurance companies have to take those designs into account when setting your rates, and the faster you are going when you are in an accident, the more damage will be done to your car.

That’s why it is so expensive to insure sports cars like the Mercedes AMG GT. With an MSRP of $92,500 and a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine producing 503 HP, the Mercedes AMG GT is considered a supercar, which is a high performance sports car that has limited availability. All of these features are factors in the high cost of insuring a Mercedes AMG GT. 

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Average car insurance rates by make and model

Insurance companies use many different factors to set your rates, including your age, your location, and your driving history. The make and model of your vehicle is just one of the factors that goes into how much you pay for car insurance.

VehicleAverage annual cost
Ford F-150$1,665
Honda CR-V$1,673
Toyota Tacoma$1,714
Ford Escape$1,735
Subaru Outback$1,744
GMC Sierra$1,748
Chevrolet Equinox$1,755
Jeep Wrangler$1,771
Jeep Grand Cherokee$1,797
Subaru Forester$1,805
Nissan Rogue$1,814
Toyota Highlander$1,818
Ford Explorer$1,822
Chevrolet Silverado$1,826
Toyota RAV4$1,865
Honda Civic$1,925
Toyota Corolla$1,945
Ram 1500$1,947
Toyota Camry$1,949
Nissan Leaf$1,955
Honda Accord$1,990
Chevrolet Bolt EV$2,015
Tesla Model 3$2,855
Tesla Model Y$2,884

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What makes a vehicle expensive to insure?

Insurance costs are based on repairing or replacing your vehicle in case of an accident. If it costs more to fix your car after an accident, you should expect to pay a higher premium. 

It isn’t just about minor repairs. What happens if your car is stolen, flooded, or otherwise declared a total loss? The insurance company writes you a check for the value of your car (minus your deductible), which means a car that comes with a higher price tag will also be more expensive to insure.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the most expensive cars to insure for teenage drivers?

Teenage drivers pay significantly higher rates no matter what type of car they drive, but luxury cars, sports cars, and electric vehicles will be among the most expensive cars for young drivers. Teen drivers will find the lowest rates on older vehicles that they can afford to replace out of pocket, allowing them to choose liability-only insurance.

Which states have the most expensive car insurance rates?

Our research indicates that Florida has the most expensive car insurance rates at $2,914 per year, followed by Louisiana at $2,906 per year. The state with the lowest insurance rate is North Carolina at $1,009 per year.

Which cars are the least expensive to insure?

Out of the most popular cars, trucks, and SUVs in the country, the cheapest cars to insure are the Ford F-150, the Honda CR-V, and the Toyota Tacoma. However, there are hundreds of different types of vehicles on the market, which means there are likely some other cars that are cheaper to insure.

Are red cars more expensive to insure?

No, the color of your car doesn’t impact your insurance rates. However, if you modify your car with a custom paint job and want to add coverage to insure it, those modifications will affect the price of your car insurance.

Methodology

Policygenius has analyzed car insurance rates provided by Quadrant Information Services for every ZIP code in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. 

For full coverage policies, the following coverage limits were used:

  • Bodily injury liability: 50/100

  • Property damage liability: $50,000

  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist: 50/100

  • Comprehensive: $500 deductible

  • Collision: $500 deductible

In some cases, additional insurance coverage was added where required by the state or insurer.

Rates for overall average rate, rates by ZIP code, and cheapest companies determined using averages for single drivers age 30, 35, and 45. 

Some carriers may be represented by affiliates or subsidiaries. Rates provided are a sample of insurance costs. Your actual quotes may differ.