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Does car insurance get more expensive when you buy a pickup truck?

The average sedan costs $102 less per six-month policy to insure than does a truck — and costs nearly $9,000 less up front. This cost difference occurs as a result of their varying attributes and the way insurance companies interpret the risk involved with covering each. Because they may cause more damage in an accident — and cost more to repair or replace — trucks pose a substantial financial risk to an insurance company. Thus, the insurer protects itself by charging a higher premium for these vehicles. Let’s outline the average cost of insuring some of America's most popular sedans and pickup trucks.


Which is cheaper: car or sedan?
  1. Trucks vs cars: MSRP comparison
  2. Trucks vs cars: insurance price comparison
  3. How to save on auto insurance


Is it cheaper to buy a truck or sedan?

On average, it is nearly $9,000 cheaper to buy a sedan than it is to purchase a truck. Average sales prices of popular sedans range from $12,360 (Nissan Versa) to $27,800 (Ford Taurus), giving sedans an average cost of ownership of $19,667. 

The cheapest pickup truck is the Nissan Frontier, with a price tag of $18,990. The Chevy Silverado has the heftiest MSRP: $37,600.

Sedan MSRP
Pickup Truck MSRP
Ford Fiesta - $14,260
Chevrolet Colorado - $21,300
Chevrolet Sonic - $15,420
GMC Sierra - $29,600
Volkswagen Passat - $25,295
Toyota Tacoma - $25,700
Volkswagen Jetta - $18,745
Ford F-Series - $28,155
Nissan Versa - $12,360
Chevrolet Silverado - $37,600
Ford Focus - $17,950
Nissan Frontier - $18,990
Ford Fusion - $22,840
Honda Ridgeline - $29,990
Ford Taurus - $27,800
Ram P-U - $33,190
Nissan Altima - $23,900
Toyota Tundra - $31,520
Mazda 3 - $18,095
Nissan Titan - $30,590


Up-front costs aren't the only sacrifice you'll need to make to purchase a truck. Pickup trucks commonly cost more to insure than do their smaller counterparts. We'll dive into the data below.


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Is car insurance cheaper for a truck or sedan?

As you might expect, trucks are more expensive to insure than a sedan. The monthly gap in car insurance costs between pickup trucks and cars is $102. If you’re looking for a cheap sedan to insure, consider the Ford Fiesta. In addition to boasting the second lowest MSRP among popular sedans, the Ford Fiesta costs just $114 per month to insure.

Sedan 6-Month Premiums
Truck 6-Month Premiums
Chevrolet Sonic - $687
Chevrolet Colorado - $707
Nissan Versa - $705
GMC Sierra - $737
Volkswagen Passat - $703
Toyota Tacoma - $738
Ford Fiesta - $683
Chevrolet Silverado - $766
Ford Fusion - $713
Nissan Frontier - $769
Ford Taurus - $725
Ram - $893
Nissan Altima - $750
Ford F-Series - $758
Volkswagen Jetta - $704
Honda Ridgeline - $873
Ford Focus - $710
Nissan Titan - $1,016
Mazda 3 - $772
Toyota Tundra - $908


The Ford Fiesta and the cheapest truck, the Chevy Colorado, have a difference of just $3 in monthly auto insurance expenditure. 

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Based in Austin, TX, Ava has been in the insurance industry as a licensed agent for 4-plus years. Ava is currently one of The Zebra’s resident property insurance experts and has been featured in publications such as US News Report, GasBuddy, and Yahoo! Finance.