You pride yourself on being a smart shopper. When looking for a new car, you research features and compare prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal — and you also want to know which cars are cheapest to insure.
Rates vary, sometimes significantly, depending on the kind of car you drive (among other factors). NerdWallet looked at last year’s 25 best-selling models and analyzed premiums to determine which are the cheapest to insure.
Why car models affect auto insurance rates
Car insurance companies set pricing based on the risk they’ve determined you and your vehicle present. To determine a vehicle’s risk, insurers consider claim histories, including accidents and rates of car theft. More — and more costly — claims for a particular model mean higher car insurance rates.
Conversely, the cheapest cars to insure tend to have fewer, lower-cost claims.
Want cheaper insurance? Avoid these vehicles
Owning these types of vehicles often drives up car insurance costs:
Sports cars have some of the highest auto insurance rates, not just because they’re built for speed: Drivers of these cars tend to be younger and therefore more accident-prone, which drives up the cost of insurance.
High-end luxury cars are typically expensive to insure because repairing them can be pricey, and it costs more to replace them if they’re totaled.
Electric vehicles can be pricier to insure due to their higher price tags and repair costs; replacing an EV battery alone can cost thousands of dollars.
Cars most targeted by thieves also cost more to insure. Comprehensive insurance pays out if your car is stolen; it also covers damage from vandalism, fire, floods and other problems.
Rates vary quite a bit among insurance companies, so it’s always a good idea to shop around and compare quotes. NerdWallet’s car insurance comparison tool can help. Ask your insurer about discounts, too. Many offer price breaks if your car has safety features that reduce the risk of injuries or theft.