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- This year’s best-selling vehicles
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- How much does car insurance cost?
- Average cost of car insurance by state
- The 10 least expensive cars to insure for your teen driver
- Carolyn Crist
- 10 cheapest cars to insure for teen drivers
When it’s time to buy a new car and desperation comes calling, all other priorities peel away, leaving price alone to govern the decision. But simply buying the cheapest car isn’t necessarily the cheapest route. Cars—even the affordable ones—are expensive to own and operate. So we went in search of the answer to an important question: What is the cheapest car to buy and own? Fuel is an obvious consideration, but insurance can’t be ignored, either.
To normalize purchase-price variations based on the terms of a loan, we’re using MSRP for purchase price and settled on a three-year ownership window. On top of MSRP, we rolled in the cost of insurance over three years for a 28-year-old male, single, living in the same area as our Ann Arbor offices. Fortunately for him, he has no tickets. To that sum, we added the cost of fueling each car during that time based on 12,000 miles traveled annually and using the EPA’s combined fuel-economy rating and the nationwide average price of regular gas over the past year—which, at $2.57 a gallon, sounds mighty appealing. Although the EPA’s figure doesn’t perfectly reflect the fuel economy people will see in day-to-day use, it does provide an accurate prediction of how vehicles will fare relative to one another.
DISCLAIMER: The figures below are accurate as of the publishing date. However, MSRP varies almost daily. Fuel mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving style, and other factors. Insurance rates vary town to town, driver to driver, and minute to minute. Cars are listed in descending order of ownership cost. No, we will not buy you one.
A manual transmission is the short-changed buyer’s best friend, as manuals are typically $1000 or so cheaper than automatics and, except in the case of today’s most bleeding-edge transmissions, are more fuel efficient to boot. This Hyundai is a perfect example, as the only manual transmission available in the entire 2010 Elantra sedan lineup is in the base Blue model tuned for—you guessed it—maximum fuel efficiency. Lower-rolling-resistance tires, a more efficient alternator, and electric power steering—instead of hydraulic—also aid fuel economy. We here at C/D like manuals because they increase driver involvement, too, an area in which the Elantra sedan could use some improvement, so there’s a bonus.
Kia Forte Sedan
Of the 10 cars on this list, five are Korean: Kias or Hyundais. (The Japanese industry has three representatives; the U.S. has one; and a European, as imported by Roger Penske—the Smart—fills the last spot.) Of these Korean cars, the new-for-2010 Forte is the strongest in its respective class. In its slightly more expensive coupe form (only $600 more than a similarly optioned sedan), the Forte is even sort of attractive, too. The cheapest Forte is arguably the most fun, as the larger engine adds pounds without much extra power, and the manual transmission is a six-speed, giving enthusiast drivers plenty of ratios from which to choose. If we were to pick a car from this list, the Forte would be among the front-runners.
Suzuki SX4 Sedan
In its more expensive (by about $2500) and better-equipped hatchback form, the SX4 is one of the most underrated cars on the market. The four-door comes in a more America-friendly three-box shape—although it’s a bit gawky-looking—and it’s actually decently quick for something so affordable, although a nine-second 0-to-60-mph time is only favorable when compared with many other cars on this list, fully laden freight trains, and limping lambs. Although it is moderately fun to drive, the SX4 sedan placed sixth in a recent eight-car comparo, mostly because we just couldn’t get comfortable in it. Be sure to take a long test drive before committing to this Suzuki.
The small-car explosion that’s been going on over the past few years has reached the point at which we start to see automakers investing in interesting and fun small cars and not simply inexpensive ones. The Kia Soul belongs to both groups. Its presence here is testimony to its affordability—even in the long run—and its appearance immediately identifies it as something different. Kia offers an extensive menu of customization options—including stripe packages, wheels, and body add-ons—and a Scion-esque stream of limited editions sporting exclusive paint and interior trimmings. In the often dreary small-car segment, the Soul stands out.
Toyota Yaris Three-Door Hatchback
The Toyota Yaris is often cited as an example of why the Smart Fortwo needn’t exist. About $1000 more expensive, it feels and looks more like a real car, it has more cargo space, and it won’t hang your buddies out to dry if you occasionally need to accommodate more than one passenger. Even so, the Yaris is as devoid of driving pleasure as the Smart, although its center-mounted instrument panel adds driving excitement by taking the driver’s eyes off the road whenever he wants to know how fast he’s going. So there’s that.
Kia Rio Sedan
Her name is Rio, and although she doesn’t exactly dance like a river twisting through the dusty land, she does manage more than just an anemic shuffle. In a comparison test of econocars, we placed the Rio third, finding it actually kind of cute and almost fun to drive—certainly when considered in the spectrum of under-$15,000 hatchbacks. Buyers looking for a similar driving experience with a little more funk in the styling—and who can shake loose a few more bucks—would do well to consider the Kia Soul, just two notches pricier on this list.
Chevrolet Aveo Sedan
Remember Daewoo, the poorly received Korean subsidiary whose products GM thought would be the next big thing after it gave them to college kids for free? As Oprah would prove again with the Pontiac G6, giving cars away doesn’t help anyone’s perception of their value. Daewoo lives on outside our shores and sends an undercover agent here as the Chevrolet Aveo. The little Chevy has improved dramatically in the past few years, but if you’re drawn to this little four-door, might we suggest waiting another year or so? A replacement is due in 2011, and it should be wholly more exciting than the current car while being similarly thrifty.
Smart Fortwo Coupe
Think of the Smart as the perfect cure for parallelparkusphobia, or as a motorcycle for people with chronic vertigo. The Fortwo actually is a good idea: Just look around and notice how few cars actually have more than one person in them. It’s a strong argument for the smallest possible vehicle, period. Still, we fall short of wholehearted endorsement—heck, even half- or quarter-hearted endorsement—for one reason alone: The sole transmission choice is a total bummer. If all you want is small, cheap, and fuel efficient, get a Suzuki Hayabusa superbike. It, unlike the Smart, at least will pop wheelies.
Hyundai Accent Three-Door Hatchback
The Accent is something of a darling at our office. It’s a delightfully tossable little blob, and there’s something liberating about driving around in a brand-new car with a replacement price of less than $11,000. But the Accent illustrates an interesting trend we noticed in researching this roundup: Korean cars tend to have higher insurance rates than similarly priced and matched cars from other countries. The Accent is actually the cheapest car on this list in purchase price, yet the Accent’s insurance cost over three years is nearly $750 higher than the Versa’s. So remember, if your decision will be based strictly on dollars, your insurance agent can be more important than your salesperson.
Nissan Versa 1.6 Base
The Nissan Versa is a competent and capacious car in any trim, and even people with no criterion but price of entry might be a bit shocked at how little a base Versa includes. Both the engine (1.6 liters) and the wheels (14 inches) are smaller on the ultra-cheap 1.6 than they are on other Versas. It has no ABS and no power locks, mirrors, or windows. Not even a radio is standard. The transmission is manual, Nissan skimps on the seat padding, and even the clock is gone. If all you want is cheap, then all you get is this. It’s still not a bad package, but if you want the cheapest car possible, for goodness’ sake, buy used.
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En Español: Las tarifas de seguro automotor por estado
Michigan comes out on top for the third year in a row in a contest that no state wants to win: the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation. Insure.com’s 2016 state-by-state comparison of auto insurance premiums found that the Great Lakes State is still the most expensive state in the country to insure a car.
Michigan has been in the No. 1 or No. 2 spot for the six years that Insure.com has commissioned the annual report. Montana captured the No. 2 spot for the second year in a row. New Jersey broke into the top five for the first time ever, Louisiana was No. 4, and Oklahoma rounded out the top five.
On the flipside of the cost coin, Maine grabbed the No. 1 spot for the cheapest car insurance in the country. Maine has been in the top three for the least expensive car insurance for all six years of the study. This year, Ohio came in No. 2, Wisconsin was three, Idaho took fourth, and New Hampshire earned No. 5.
Use the interactive map below and hover over any state to display the average annual rate, comparison to national average, and the percent of change from last year.
This year’s best-selling vehicles
The annual study compiles rates from six large insurance carriers in 10 ZIP codes in every state. Rates were for the same full-coverage policy for the same driver -- a 40-year-old man with a clean driving record and good credit.
The rates are an average for the 20 best-selling vehicles in the U.S. in order to present more accurate rates for the average driver – without high-end sports or luxury cars skewing the data. Each model was rated on its cheapest-to-insure trim level. This year’s 20 best-selling vehicles list included:
- Ford F-150 XL SFE
- Ford Fusion S
- Ford Escape S
- Ford Explorer XLT
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT
- Chevrolet Malibu LS
- Dodge Ram 1500 Tradesman
- Toyota Camry LE
- Toyota Corolla L
- Toyota RAV4 LE
- Honda Civic LX
- Honda Accord LX
- Honda CR-V LX
- Chevrolet Equinox LS
- Nissan Altima 2.5 S
- Nissan Rogue S
- Nissan Sentra S
- Hyundai Sonata SE
- GMC Sierra 1500
- Jeep Cherokee Sport
The national average for a full-coverage policy as featured in the Insure.com report came in at $1,325 this year – a slight increase from last year’s average of $1,311. Rates varied from a low of $808 a year in Maine to a budget-busting $2,738 in Michigan. Insurance rates in Michigan are more than double (107 percent) the national average.
Insurance rates are influenced by a number of different factors. Everything from traffic, crime rates, state and local laws, the percentage of uninsured drivers, as well as the number of car insurance companies competing in a market can all result in higher, or if you’re lucky, lower insurance premiums in your state.
States with highest car insurance
The reasons behind the highest state rates include everything from Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage (a big factor in two of the states) to high fatality rates and litigious-minded drivers.
Here are the top three most expensive states for car insurance and why they are so expensive:
#1 Michigan -- Michigan’s no-fault insurance structure is largely responsible for the high cost of car insurance in the state.
“Michigan auto consumers pay more than most states for car insurance due to the state’s high medical mandate. Michigan is the only state in the country that requires auto consumers to purchase unlimited, lifetime medical benefits as part of the auto insurance policy,” explains Lori Conarton with the Insurance Institute of Michigan.
“Unfortunately, it’s Michigan’s auto insurance consumers who pay the price for this unique auto insurance law,” continues Conarton.
Michigan, like most other no-fault states, requires its drivers to buy personal PIP insurance. PIP coverage will pay the medical bills of the policyholder as well as any passengers and family members that are in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
The big difference is in the amount of PIP coverage that Michigan requires of its drivers. Florida, for example, only requires drivers to carry $10,000 in PIP coverage, while Michigan’s no-fault policies must offer unlimited medical benefits, which pushes the price up dramatically.
Michigan requires insurers to cover medical claims up to $530,000. The nonprofit Michigan Catastrophic Claim Association (MCCA) covers damages above that amount. In addition to high insurance premiums, Michigan drivers must pay an annual assessment to the MCCA, which in 2016 is $150.
The high cost of car insurance pushes many drivers out of the market. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), an estimated 21 percent of Michigan drivers were uninsured in 2012. High numbers of uninsured drivers raise rates because there are fewer drivers (and their premiums) to share the risk pool.
The high cost also leads to – while technically legal – unscrupulous behavior. Some Michigan drivers will purchase a seven-day policy (which insurers in Michigan sell) so they have proof of insurance when registering their vehicle and then let the policy expire after a week, leaving them uninsured.
Unfortunately, rates are probably not coming down anytime soon. Until the PIP requirement is changed or ditched altogether, insurance rates will remain high in Michigan.
#2 Montana -- Montana stayed in the No. 2 spot for the second year in a row with an average premium of $2,297, which is 73 percent higher than the national average and a whopping $411 increase over last year’s Insure.com Montana average.
There are a number of factors that increase rates in Big Sky country, but one of the biggest is the accident rate. Wide-open spaces and lonely roads lead to a lot of car accidents and fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Montana has the highest vehicle accident fatality rate in the country with 22.6 deaths per 100,000 people – twice the national average.
#3 New Jersey --The Garden State makes the top five for the first time. The average premium in New Jersey came in at $1,905, which is 44 percent higher than the national average.
According to Kacy Campion Renna, vice president of the Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey, high accident rates may have something to do with New Jersey’s costly insurance. “New Jersey ranks No. 1 when it comes to population density, which means there’s a greater chance of having an auto incident here.”
Renna also cites other factors that can impact rates in New Jersey. “Other factors to consider are high medical costs, high rates of auto and medical fraud combined with the fact that the New Jersey residents tend to be pretty litigious.”
Fraud has become a fact in New Jersey’s PIP coverage. New Jersey allows PIP coverage levels up to $250,000, which is the second highest in the country, behind Michigan. Unfortunately, PIP fraud has shot up which raises the cost of insurance for everyone in the state.
States with the cheapest car insurance
The low cost of car insurance in the least expensive insurance premium states can be attributed to a number of factors, including fierce insurer competition and low numbers of uninsured drivers.
#49 Wisconsin – The Badger State is No. 3 when it comes to inexpensive insurance. A yearly premium of $912 makes car insurance a bargain in Wisconsin. Wisconsin benefits from a pretty rural environment and a very competitive insurance market. A lack of major cities helps keep accident rates down.
According to numbers from Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), Wisconsin has 1 death per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2013. Montana, the second-most expensive state on the list, recorded 1.96, which was the highest on the list in the same year.
In addition, Wisconsin residents are not particularly litigious, which makes insurance companies happy and leads to lower rates across the state.
#50 Ohio – With an average annual premium of $899, Ohio is No. 2 for affordable car insurance for the second year in a row, and the state has spent quite a bit of time in the top five over the last six years.
“Ohio is home to many national and regional insurers because of its stable legal and regulatory environment. This creates a competitive marketplace for consumers, leading to great rates and a variety of products and services from which to choose,” explains Perk Reichley, President of Reichley Insurance Agency.
According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, there are currently more than 650 insurance carriers writing policies in the state. Compare that number to the approximately 134 in California and just over 40 in New Jersey, and it’s plain to see how competition has positively affected the rates.
#51 Maine – Maine has hit the No. 1 spot for two years running, and it’s finished in the top three every year of the Insure.com study. The average premium came in at $807 per year, which was a tiny $2 increase over last year.
Maine is a convergence of favorable factors; they have very few large urban areas so traffic is usually not a problem, which in turn keeps down accident rates. In addition, though Maine gets a lot of snow, the state doesn’t usually suffer from major weather incidents like tornadoes and hailstorms, which can do serious and expensive damage to a car.
Maine drivers take their insurance responsibility seriously with a mere 4.7 percent of uninsured drivers, according to the Insurance Information Institute. This makes them No. 2 in the country for uninsured drivers with only Massachusetts beating them out. When everyone is insured, prices go down.
Providing real cost estimates
The Insure.com study differs from other studies, such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) rankings, in that it compares how much it would cost a driver to buy the same coverage in each state. The NAIC rankings calculate the average amount drivers spend on auto insurance -- regardless of what coverages and levels of coverage are purchased.
How much does car insurance cost?
It’s important to remember that these numbers are averages and will not reflect your actual policy price. Insurance prices are highly personalized, and many factors will affect your rates, including the type of vehicle you drive, the coverages you choose to carry, your specific neighborhood and, in certain states, even your credit rating.
Insure.com’s study of the most and least expensive vehicles for 2016 includes easy-to use tool for viewing nationwide car insurance rates for 2016 vehicles or looking at state specific average rates, and allows you to compare up to 10 vehicles at once.
Shop your coverage annually to make sure you are getting the best car insurance rates available, ask for discounts and consider bundling your coverages to save money.
Average cost of car insurance by state
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Insure.com commissioned Quadrant Information Services to calculate auto insurance rates from six large carriers (Allstate, Farmers, GEICO, Nationwide, Progressive and State Farm) in 10 ZIP codes per state. Rates were compiled in February 2016.
We averaged rates in each state for the cheapest-to-insure 2016 model-year versions of America’s 20 best-selling vehicles and ranked each state by that average. Rates are for comparative purposes only within the same model year.
Rates are based on full coverage for a single, 40-year-old male who commutes 12 miles to work each day, with policy limits of 100/300/50 ($100,000 for injury liability for one person, $300,000 for all injuries and $50,000 for property damage in an accident) and a $500 deductible on collision and comprehensive coverage. The hypothetical driver has a clean record and good credit. The rate includes uninsured motorist coverage. Actual rates will depend on individual driver factors.
The 10 least expensive cars to insure for your teen driver
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- 10 least expensive cars to insure for your teen driver
Turning 16 is even sweeter for teens when they get behind the wheel of their own car. But for parents, it's a time to worry about their teen's safety on the road - and how to keep car insurance costs down.
According to insurance experts, one way for parents to keep their costs down is to buy cars that rank high in safety tests, such as minivans and family sedans. These cars get into fewer crashes than the expensive, high-horsepower cars that appeal to younger drivers, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute, a nonprofit research organization that publishes insurance loss statistics on most vehicles.
Outside of a vehicle's make and model, other factors also influence how much you pay for car insurance. These may include:
- Age. A 16 year old teen will typically cost more to insure than a 17 year old.
- Credit score. In most states (excluding California, Hawaii and Massachusetts), insurers will use your credit score as a factor when calculating rates.
- Driving records.
Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute team up to identify the safest cars in the nation. The institutes set up crash tests to determine how well a vehicle protects drivers and passengers.
Among the 27 models with the highest safety rankings, InsuranceQuotes.com selected the 10 cars that cost under $25,000 new --and are the cheapest to insure for teens.
10 cheapest cars to insure for teen drivers
1. Honda Civic 4-door - $18,390*
Recently, Honda Civic designers have focused on safety, adding a reverse camera to all vehicles. In addition, the Civic features electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags. Winning top marks in all IIHS safety categories since 2006, the latest models incorporate hands-free Bluetooth phone connection and digital dashboard control, which is sure to appeal to teens seeking a modern feel. Only hybrid versions have front crash prevention.
*all vehicle prices in article are MSRP starting prices
2. Mazda 3 - $16,495
The Mazda 3 feels like a sports car but its affordability and excellent safety rating make it a great choice for teens. The Mazda 3 has received high safety ratings in all IIHS safety categories since 2011. This model features a rollover sensor, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights and side airbags. The new Mazda Radar Cruise Control monitors the engine and brakes to maintain a safe speed and distance between you and the car in front of you.
3. Toyota Prius - $24,200
Eco-friendly and affordable, the Prius is a hybrid electric mid-size hatchback with electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, side airbags and a driver knee airbag that helps to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes. For an eco-conscious teen, the Prius offers three drive modes that improve fuel economy by adjusting the throttle and climate control.
4. Honda Accord (2-door and 4-door) -$21,955
The Accord resembles the Civic in safety and reliability but is a bit more luxurious. An Accord includes a rearview camera, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, a rollover sensor, side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags. The newest models also feature LaneWatch, which activates a camera on the passenger-side mirror when you use the right turn signal. LaneWatch allows drivers to see almost four times what the passenger-side mirror alone would show, helping teens avoid blind spots.
5. Mazda 6 - $21,190
This larger family sedan isn't just for parents. Mazda touts the vehicle as a "sports sedan" with excellent safety and reliability ratings, including anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, daytime running lights and multiple airbags on the front and side. New features include blind spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert system to notify drivers about objects and people behind the vehicle.
6. Ford Fusion - $20,795
Terrific fuel economy might draw parents to this mid-size sedan, which has tons of safety features, including stability and traction control, integrated blind spot mirrors and optional lane departure warning. The optional MyKey feature limits top speed to 80 mph and radio volume to 45 percent, which can help parents breathe a little easier when teens gets behind the wheel.
7. Mitsubishi Outlander - $22,995
In the small SUV category, the Outlander boasts safety features such as a rollover sensor, driver knee airbag, electronic stability control and airbags on the front and sides. With seven-passenger seating, front dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera and a 6-inch touchscreen display, the Outlander is built for young drivers who want to sit higher than in a sedan but still want a sleek ride.
8. Nissan Rogue - $22,790
The Rogue is another great pick for teens seeking a safe but eye-catching SUV. The model features head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats, front seat-mounted torso airbags, a rollover sensor and electronic stability control. If your teen is planning on driving long distances to activities or to college in a few years, the "Zero Gravity" front seats are designed to improve blood flow and minimize fatigue during long drives.
9. Subaru Outback - $23,495
The Outback features a rollover sensor, electronic stability control, daytime running lights and side airbags. The IIHS gave it a top ranking for front crash protection. The new EyeSight Driver Assist system uses two cameras mounted near the rearview mirror to monitor traffic and alert you if it senses a collision. The system even warns a driver when if the vehicle swerves outside of the lane and automatically taps on the brakes.
10. Subaru Forester - $22,195
The Forester earned a perfect rating for head-on collisions and side-impact crashes from the IIHS. Its safety features include a rollover sensor, electronic stability control and a driver knee airbag.
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