Are auto insurance rates cheaper for a pickup truck or a car?
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The average sedan costs $102 less per six-month policy to insure than does a truck — and costs nearly $9,000 less upfront. 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.
On average, it is nearly $9,000 cheaper to buy a sedan than it is to purchase a truck. The average 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|
Upfront costs aren't the only sacrifice required to purchase a truck. Pickup trucks commonly cost more to insure than do their smaller counterparts. We'll dive into the data below.
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.
The best way to save on car insurance is to shop around every six months. If you’re not sure whether you want to buy a sedan or a truck, you can find a bargain by comparing insurance prices by make and model. Enter your ZIP code below to see rates and estimates personalized based on your driving profile.
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