What are the cheapest cars to insure?

Our research indicates that, of the most popular models, the five cheapest cars to insure are the Ford F-150, Honda CR-V, Toyota Tacoma, Ford Escape, and Subaru Outback.

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Car insurance rates are based on a number of factors, including the make and model of your car. Cars that come with a higher price tag or need expensive, imported replacement parts are more expensive to insure than their more-affordable counterparts.

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Alternately, cars that are more affordable to buy, cheaper to repair, and are less likely to be stolen usually have lower car insurance rates. If you’re car-shopping, safe, reliable daily drivers will probably be the cheapest when it comes to car insurance.

Key takeaways

  • According to our research, the Ford F-150, Honda CR-V, and Toyota Tacoma are some of the cheapest cars to insure. 

  • Overall, cars that are safer, less-expensive, and less-likely to be stolen are cheaper to insure.

  • Car insurance companies look at your vehicle’s safety features and overall theft rates for your vehicle’s make and model when setting your rates.

  • When you have comprehensive and collision coverage, the cost to repair or replace your vehicle plays a big part in what you’ll pay for car insurance.

What cars are cheapest to insure?

The cheapest car to insure will vary based on your age, location, driving history, and which insurance company you choose. That said, the chart below shows the ten cheapest cars to insure out of the most popular makes and models in the U.S:

Vehicle

Average annual premium

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

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Cheapest car insurance rates by vehicle and company

Just because a car makes the list of most affordable vehicles to insure doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the lowest rate. Each car insurance company has its own process when it comes to setting rates, which means you could get a significantly lower rate by comparing quotes from multiple companies.

The chart below shows the average insurance rate by company for the ten cheapest vehicles by make and model in the U.S.: 

Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Silverado

Ford Escape

Ford F-150

GMC Sierra

Honda CR-V

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Wrangler

Subaru Forester

Subaru Outback

Toyota Tacoma

Allstate

$2,164

$2,093

$2,214

$1,952

$2,266

$2,085

$2,138

$2,652

$2,203

$2,327

$2,089

Farmers

$2,133

$2,387

$1,977

$1,795

$1,975

$1,948

$2,101

$1,736

$2,253

$1,937

$2,119

GEICO

$1,161

$1,344

$1,219

$1,188

$1,195

$1,052

$1,294

$1,126

$1,039

$1,061

$1,093

MetLife

$2,660

$2,456

$2,499

$2,519

$2,432

$2,624

$2,534

$2,166

$3,000

$2,807

$2,350

Nationwide

$1,377

$1,242

$1,320

$1,276

$1,461

$1,257

$1,432

$1,634

$1,285

$1,123

$1,314

Progressive

$1,724

$1,982

$1,595

$1,769

$1,638

$1,595

$1,798

$1,667

$1,955

$1,945

$1,695

State Farm

$1,229

$1,264

$1,234

$1,202

$1,360

$1,128

$1,249

$1,404

$1,260

$1,316

$1,280

Travelers

$1,567

$1,560

$1,394

$1,457

$1,450

$1,295

$1,533

$1,404

$1,339

$1,321

$1,425

USAA

$1,124

$1,225

$1,126

$1,086

$1,235

$1,144

$1,246

$1,062

$1,123

$1,118

$1,071

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Cheapest electric cars to insure

Car insurance costs for electric vehicles vary just as much as car insurance costs for gas-powered cars. The chart below shows the average insurance rate for some of the most popular electric cars in the country:

Electric vehicle

Average annual premium

Nissan Leaf

$1,955

Chevrolet Bolt EV

$2,015

Tesla Model 3

$2,855

Tesla Model Y

$2,884

Car insurance for Teslas is more expensive than other electric car makes and models, but Tesla has created its own in-house insurance designed specifically for its vehicles that typically offers lower rates than their competitors.

Why does the car you drive affect your insurance rates?

How much your vehicle costs has a big impact on your insurance rates, which is partly why some vehicle make and models cost more to insure than others. 

Performance and luxury cars typically cost more to insure because they’re worth more, which means your car insurance company will need to pay you more if your car is totaled.

But there is more to it than just the cost of your car. Car insurance companies look at a number of features, including your vehicle’s safety options, likelihood of being damaged after an accident, and theft rates for your vehicle’s make and model when setting your rates.

→ Learn more about insurance rates by car make and model

What affects car insurance costs?

On a full coverage policy, the cost to repair or replace your vehicle plays a big part in setting your rates. For example, it will be significantly cheaper to replace a stolen Honda CR-V than a stolen Audi RS 5, which means the Audi will cost more to insure (all other factors being equal) to account for that higher cost.

The theft rate for each make and model also impacts your insurance rates. Some cars, like the Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima, have higher insurance rates partly because they are among the most stolen vehicles in the country.

The age of your vehicle also affects your car insurance rates. In most cases, older cars are cheaper to insure than newer cars. Many drivers find that, after a certain point, the value of their car drops low enough that they can afford to repair or replace their car out-of-pocket

When you can afford to replace your car on your own, you may want to switch from full coverage to a liability-only car insurance policy to save money on your insurance.

→ Learn what other factors affect your car insurance

Frequently asked questions

What insurance is the cheapest for cars?

The cheapest car insurance coverage is based on your personal situation. While some insurance companies are generally cheaper than others, the most affordable company for one person may not be the most affordable company for another. Comparing quotes is the best way to make sure you are getting the lowest possible rate.

Are newer or older cars cheaper to insure?

Older cars are usually cheaper to insure than newer cars, but this isn’t a guarantee. The cost to repair or replace your vehicle, what safety features are built into your car, and other factors all contribute to the cost of car insurance.

Do smaller cars have cheaper insurance?

Not always. Larger trucks and SUVs are often less expensive to insure, but the cost to insure a vehicle isn’t based solely on size. Your insurance costs will be specific to the make and model of your vehicle, along with other factors like your driving history and your ZIP code.

Is insurance cheaper on a car or SUV?

The ten cheapest vehicles to insure according to our list above are all trucks or SUVs, but insurance rates are determined by a number of factors. This means the best way to figure out how much you’ll pay for car insurance is to compare quotes from multiple companies.

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: $50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident

  • Property damage liability: $50,000 per accident

  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist: 50/100

  • Comprehensive: $500 deductible

  • Collision: $500 deductible

In some cases, additional coverages were added where required by the state or insurer.

Rates for overall average rate and cheapest companies determined using averages for single drivers age 30, 35, and 45. Our sample vehicle was a 2017 Toyota Camry LE driven 10,000 miles per year.

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

Author

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.

Editor

Anna Swartz is a senior managing editor and auto insurance expert at Policygenius, where she oversees our car insurance coverage. Previously, she was a senior staff writer at Mic.com, as well as an associate writer at The Dodo.

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