SUV insurance rates

SUV insurance rates can be lower than for other types of vehicles, but not always. The cheapest SUV to insure is the Honda CR-V, with an average annual rate of $1,673 per year.

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Rachael Brennan

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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.

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But what about auto insurance rates for your new SUV? Average car insurance costs for SUVs are, on average, lower than rates for sedans and trucks, but how much you pay for insurance varies based on a number of factors, including the make and model of your SUV.

Key takeaways

  • Car insurance costs for SUVs are sometimes lower than for other types of cars, but rates vary significantly from SUV to another.

  • Smaller, more affordable SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape are usually cheaper to insure than larger SUVs.

  • Out of the most popular SUVs in the country, the Honda CR-V is the cheapest to insure at $1,673 per year.

  • Among the most popular SUVs sold in the U.S., the Tesla Y is the most expensive to insure at $2,884 per year.

How much does it cost to insure an SUV?

Car insurance rates for SUVs are sometimes lower than other types of cars, but rates can vary significantly from one SUV to another. Different insurance rates based on the make and model of your SUV are just one of the reasons why it is so important to do your research before buying a vehicle.

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SUV insurance rates by make and model

Insurance costs vary based on the make and model of your vehicle (and the insurance company you choose). Because each company sets their own rates, the best insurance company for one person may not be the best choice for someone else.

And some types of SUVs are significantly more expensive to insure than others — our analysis found that a driver who chooses GEICO insurance will pay an average of $2,078 per year to insure a Tesla Model Y, but if they had a Subaru Outback instead they would only pay an average of $1,061 per year.

Company

Chevrolet Equinox

Ford Escape

Ford Explorer

Honda CR-V

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Wrangler

Nissan Rogue

Subaru Forester

Subaru Outback

Toyota Highlander

Toyota RAV4

Tesla Model Y

AIG

$3,428

$3,439

$3,573

$3,061

$3,826

$3,825

$3,651

$3,222

$3,027

$3,283

$3,683

$4,708

Allstate

$2,164

$2,214

$2,300

$2,085

$2,138

$2,652

$2,122

$2,203

$2,327

$2,271

$2,343

$4,531

Chubb

$2,377

$2,386

$2,477

$2,102

$2,591

$2,429

$2,590

$2,331

$2,127

$2,332

$2,649

$3,548

Erie

$1,210

$1,179

$1,267

$1,124

$1,336

$1,394

$1,272

$1,090

$1,045

$1,244

$1,309

$2,013

Farmers

$2,133

$1,977

$1,920

$1,948

$2,101

$1,736

$2,192

$2,253

$1,937

$2,164

$2,050

$2,951

GEICO

$1,161

$1,219

$1,324

$1,052

$1,294

$1,126

$1,149

$1,039

$1,061

$1,179

$1,154

$2,078

MetLife

$2,660

$2,499

$2,588

$2,624

$2,534

$2,166

$2,727

$3,000

$2,807

$3,160

$2,851

$4,583

Nationwide

$1,377

$1,320

$1,408

$1,257

$1,432

$1,634

$1,482

$1,285

$1,123

$1,365

$1,465

$1,842

Progressive

$1,724

$1,595

$1,806

$1,595

$1,798

$1,667

$1,731

$1,955

$1,945

$1,746

$1,686

$2,997

State Farm

$1,229

$1,234

$1,247

$1,128

$1,249

$1,404

$1,231

$1,260

$1,316

$1,331

$1,424

$1,913

The Hartford

$2,162

$2,078

$2,279

$2,085

$2,253

$2,223

$2,204

$2,173

$2,176

$2,272

$2,295

$3,242

Travelers

$1,567

$1,394

$1,657

$1,295

$1,533

$1,404

$1,607

$1,339

$1,321

$1,508

$1,575

$2,954

USAA

$1,124

$1,126

$1,309

$1,144

$1,246

$1,062

$1,207

$1,123

$1,118

$1,166

$1,158

$1,828

Insurance companies all use their own unique systems to set rates, so one company may quote you a very different rate than another, even for the exact same vehicle. 

This is why it is so important to compare car insurance quotes from multiple companies before you buy a policy to make sure you are getting the best possible rate.

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What’s the cheapest SUV to insure?

Out of the most popular SUVs in the country, the Honda CR-V is the cheapest to insure at $1,673 per year. The Honda CR-V is a compact SUV, which means it is smaller than other models of SUV. Small, lower-cost SUVs are generally cheaper to insure than their larger counterparts.

What's the most expensive SUV to insure?

Among the most popular SUVs sold in the U.S., the Tesla Model Y is the most expensive to insure at $2,884 per year. The Tesla Model Y is larger and more expensive than other SUVs, and not all repair shops can fix a Tesla, which contributes to the higher insurance rates.

Drivers who are considering purchasing a Tesla may find that they get lower insurance rates from Tesla's own car insurance, which is available in Arizona, California, Illinois, Ohio and Texas.

Is car insurance cheaper for an SUV, a truck, or a sedan?

It may seem a little surprising but, on average, SUVs are a little cheaper to insure than trucks and sedans. There are three big reasons for this:

  • Safety: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the average number of prorated fatal crashes per billion miles is largest for people driving smaller vehicles and lowest for people in larger vehicles. [1] What does all that jargon mean? You are less likely to be fatally injured in an accident if you’re driving a larger, heavier vehicle.

  • Theft rates: Insurance rates take into account the likelihood that your car will be stolen, which means vehicles that are high on the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s list of most stolen vehicles will cost more to insure. The five most frequently stolen vehicles are Ford pickups, Chevrolet pickups, Honda Civics, Honda Accords, and Toyota Camrys. [2]

  • Repair costs: The more an SUV costs to repair or replace after a loss, the more you’ll pay to add comprehensive insurance and collision insurance to your policy. 

That said, there is no one type of vehicle that is universally cheaper or better than another when it comes to car insurance. Insurance rates are based on a number of factors, including your age, location, and driving history, which means rates will vary from one person to the next, even for the exact same vehicle. 

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Frequently asked questions

Is an SUV safer than a sedan?

When it comes to highway safety, SUVs are a little safer than smaller cars. The larger size and increased ground clearance of an SUV mean that people driving them are less likely to be injured in a head-on collision than someone in a sedan. But, according to Consumer Reports, these same features make an SUV more likely to roll over, which can be a fatal event.

How much does an SUV cost to buy?

Compact SUVs (like the Honda CR-V or the Toyota Rav4) are the most affordable, usually priced between $20,000 and $30,000. On the other end of the spectrum, the luxury SUVs (like the Lexus RX and Mercedes M class) are the most expensive, with prices between $50,000 and $70,000, on average.

Are SUVs better for long-distance driving?

Compared to sedans and smaller cars, SUVs have more space for passengers and more cargo space for luggage, making them a good choice for long distance driving. Sedans may have better fuel economy than SUVs, though, so it is important to do your research when choosing a car for a road trip.

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  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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    Vehicle Weight, Fatality Risk and Crash Compatibility of Model Year 1991-99 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks

    ." Accessed March 30, 2022.

  2. National Insurance Crime Bureau

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    NICB Releases Annual 'Hot Wheels' Report: America's Top Ten Most Stolen Vehicles

    ." Accessed March 30, 2022.

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Senior Editor & Licensed Auto Insurance Expert

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