The Cheapest Vehicles to Insure in 2021

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What are the cheapest cars to insure in 2021?

Car insurance pricing is a complex process: myriad factors go into your car insurance rates. One of the factors within your control that contributes to auto insurance premiums is the vehicle make and model you choose. High-performance vehicles, sports cars, electric vehicles and luxury SUVs are among the most expensive cars to insure, based on their high cost-of-replacement and expensive parts. More common, low-MSRP models — like those listed below — are typically less expensive cars to insure.

The Fiat 500X, with an MSRP starting at $24,840, is the cheapest car for insurance in the U.S. Its six-month premium is $705 — $118 per month — an annual savings of $46 compared to the national average for car insurance.

As the nation’s leading car insurance search engine, The Zebra has auto insurance rates from every ZIP code in the United States. Using data from our proprietary quote engine, we collected the 10 most affordable cars to insure (see here for detailed methodology). Check out our lists of the least expensive cars to insure in 2020, 2019 and 2018.

 

THE CHEAPEST CARS TO INSURE IN 2021

RankVehicle6-Month PremiumMSRP
1Fiat 500X$705$24,840
2Ford Transit Connect$730$24,655
3Jeep Compass$739$23,915
4Ford Escape$741$24,885
5Subaru Outback$741$26,795
6GMC Canyon$741$26,400
7Honda CR-V$742$25,350
8Subaru Forester$743$24,795
9Mazda CX-3$745$20,640
10Subaru Crosstrek$753$22,245

 

1. Fiat 500X

The Fiat 500X is 2021's cheapest vehicle to insure, with an average monthly cost of $118. To find the most savings for this crossover SUV, consider starting your search with Nationwide, which costs $453 per six-month policy. Other affordable options include GEICO ($495) and State Farm ($576).

 

2. Ford Transit Connect

The only van on our list — yet again — insurance for the Ford Transit Connect runs an average of $730 for a six-month policy or $122 per month. Nationwide and GEICO were the cheapest insurance providers for this make and model, costing $478 and $530, respectively, for a six-month term policy.

 

3. Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass costs $123 per month to insure, making it the third-cheapest vehicle for insurance. However, it's the second-cheapest when compared to other crossover SUVs on our list. Nationwide ($469) and GEICO ($527) could be the most budget-friendly options for a six-month policy. State Farm is also worth looking into for Jeep Compass insurance, costing an average of $570 ($95 per month).

 

4. Ford Escape

Auto insurance costs for the Ford Escape are comparable with the Subaru Outback and GMC Canyon — $741 per six-month policy ($124 per month). Nationwide ($420) and GEICO ($542) were again the cheapest insurance companies for the Ford Escape, but Erie ($550) could also be worth looking into if you live within the company's coverage area.

 

5. Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback has been a top contender for cheap auto insurance year-after-year. On average, this SUV costs $741 per six-month policy to insure. Affordable insurance providers for the Outback include Nationwide ($413) and Country Financial ($452).

 

6. GMC Canyon

The only pickup truck on our list this year, the GMC Canyon costs $741 per six-month policy to insure — 15% cheaper than the average truck. Nationwide ($390) and Country Financial ($422) were the least expensive insurance companies for the GMC Canyon.

 

7. Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V may cost a little more, but its insurance costs are on par with the other compact SUVs on our list ($741 for a six-month term policy). Nationwide ($403) was the cheapest insurance company for this vehicle, costing just $67 per month. Other affordable providers include GEICO ($521) and Country Financial ($590).

 

8. Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester has a midrange MSRP and has the eighth least expensive insurance costs ($743 for a six-month policy or $124 a month). Nationwide ($371), GEICO ($511) and Country Financial ($572) were again the cheapest companies for this compact crossover SUV.

 

9. Mazda CX-3

The most affordable car on our list, the Mazda CX-3 doesn't cost all that much more than other ranking vehicles to insure. On average, coverage for this crossover SUV runs about $745 for a six-month policy. Consider starting your search with Nationwide or GEICO, which costs about $77-82 a month. State Farm is more expensive ($106 per month) but still cheaper than the national average for the Mazda CX-3.

 

10. Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek has the second cheapest MSRP and costs an average of $753 per six-month policy or $126 per month. If you're looking for a wallet-friendly rate, consider Nationwide ($477) and GEICO ($531) for a six-month policy. If you live within Erie's coverage range, this company could also be a comparable, cheap option at $95 per month.

 

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What were the top 10 cheapest cars to insure in 2020?

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1. Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback was the cheapest car to insure. Average insurance costs add up to just 4.8% of the vehicle's total manufacturer-suggested retail price (MSRP). On average, a six-month insurance policy for a Subaru Outback is $650 or $109 per month. If you’re looking for the most affordable rate, consider Bear River. Our data shows Bear River charges $559 or a six-month policy. If Bear River isn’t in your area (it is a regional insurance company), consider Nationwide, which averages $415 for a six-month policy.

 

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2. GMC Canyon

GMC Canyon owners enjoy the country's second-most affordable auto insurance premiums. Typical insurance rates amount to $106 less than the national average — about $657 for a six-month insurance policy. Like the Outback, Bear River offers the cheapest premium — $234 for a six-month policy or $46 per month. Nationwide, GEICO, and USAA are other affordable options as well.

 

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3. Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier is the third cheapest insurance option and the cheapest truck to insure. Typical auto insurance costs $63 less than the national average — about $10 a month in savings. Bear River is again the cheapest insurance company for the Frontier at $50 per month or $302 total. However, if you’re looking for a bigger company, Nationwide is your next option at $502 per six months.

 

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4. Fiat 500X

Fiat 500X owners pay the nation's fourth-most affordable car insurance rates. Average auto insurance rates for a Fiat 500X run $722 for a six-month policy, making it the cheapest crossover SUV available. Our data shows that Bear River offers the cheapest premium at $321 for a six-month policy. Hanover, a preferred specialty company can be the most expensive. If you’re looking for a national company, consider Nationwide and GEICO.

 

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5. Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass is the fifth cheapest vehicle to insure and the second cheapest SUV crossover. For a 30-year-old single man with a good driving record, a Jeep Compass will set you back $735 for a six-month policy. You can lower this average by selecting Bear River as your insurer — which offers the lowest rate at $329. If Bear River is not in your area, consider Nationwide ($529) or USAA ($552).

 

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6. GMC Sierra

Drivers of the GMC Sierra enjoy America's sixth-most affordable car insurance premiums and second-cheapest truck. For a six-month policy, the Sierra will set you back $740 or $123 per month. Compared to the other truck (Nissan Frontier) featured in this list, the Sierra is $40 more expensive to insure. If you’re in the market for a Sierra, consider Bear River, Nationwide, Arbella, and Grange Insurance.

 

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7. Ford Escape

The third crossover on our list, the Ford Escape is the seventh cheapest car to insure. Average six-month premiums range from $321 to $2,682 — all metrics constant. If you want the most affordable coverage, shop with Bear River, Nodak, and Grange Insurance. Nationwide, Erie, and GEICO are affordable options as well if you want a big name for your insurance provider.

 

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8. Ford Transit Connect

The Ford Transit Connect is a popular cargo and transportation van and the only one on our list. Our data shows that Ford Transit Connect will set you back $740 for a six-month premium or about $123 per month. Premiums for this van range from $333 (Bear River) to $2,418 (Hanover). Grange Insurance, Erie, and Nationwide are other cheap options for insurance.

 

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9. Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevy Traverse is our fourth cheapest crossover and ninth cheapest overall vehicle to insure. The Traverse costs $741 per six months to insure — about 3% cheaper than the national average. If you’re in the market for a Chevy Traverse, consider Co-Op Insurance; its average premium starts at $412. Other affordable options are Bear River, Nodak, and Nationwide.

 

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10. Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage is our tenth featured vehicle and our fifth crossover! With insurance premiums averaging at $743, the Sportage is $20 cheapest to insure for a six-month policy than the national average. If you want to save additional money on your car insurance bill, consider Bear River, Grange Insurance, GEICO, USAA, and Co-Op Insurance.

 

Summary: the least expensive vehicles to insure for 2020

The big trends for cheap vehicles in 2020 are crossovers. Of the 10 vehicles we surveyed, five were crossovers — the cheapest being the Subaru Outback and the most expensive the Kia Sportage. If you’re in the market for a cheap vehicle, consider these makes and models. There are many reasons why a car is cheap or expensive to insure. Safety rating, repair costs, and vehicle value are a few things that can hurt a vehicle’s affordability.

A big thing to keep in mind, however, is your impact on your car insurance. Our data was from a single 30-year-old man with full coverage, a good credit score, and good driving history. Chances are, this does not fit your driving profile. The only way to find the cheapest vehicle is to look for the cheapest vehicle for you. Start with the vehicles we have surveyed and use our comparison tool for free and personalized quotes!

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What were the top 10 cheapest cars to insure in 2019?

 

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1. Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback comes with the added bonus of the nation's most affordable insurance rates. Typical insurance costs are only 5.19% of the vehicle’s total manufacturer-suggested retail price (MSRP). On average, the annual insurance premium for a Subaru Outback is $1,392. If you’re looking to save, Country Financial offers the lowest car insurance rates for an Outback. ALFA offers coverage at a much higher cost.

 

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2. Chevrolet Colorado

The average annual premium for the Chevrolet Colorado is $1,414. Most insurance companies recognize these vehicles as cheap to repair, which is why your insurance premium is only 4.93% of the total MSRP. Texas Farm Bureau covers the Chevrolet Colorado for the least, with annual premiums of just $735. GEICO's policies cost quite a bit more — around $1,904 per year.

 

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3. Ford Escape

If you drive a Ford Escape, good news — your annual premium should be around $1,438. As one of the cheaper cars to insure, premium costs sum to just 5.77% of the vehicle’s MSRP. Plymouth Rock Insurance offers reasonable rates for compact sports utility vehicles such as the Escape — around $561 per year. If you’re willing to spend more, Liberty Mutual provides solid coverage and assistance.

 

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4. Fiat 500x

Auto insurance premiums are low for the Fiat 500x. Your insurance costs should only be about 6.68% of the vehicle’s total MSRP. The average annual premium for a Fiat 500x is $1,441. If you’re looking to save, GEICO offers the lowest car insurance rates. You can still get excellent coverage with Metlife, but at a much higher cost.

 

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5. Subaru Crosstrek

The average annual premium for the Subaru Crosstrek is $1,446. The Crosstrek boasts affordable maintenance costs, leading to an insurance premium of just 6.37% of the total MSRP. Erie covers the Subaru Crosstrek at the lowest cost — an annual premium of $476. 21st Century offers coverage at a higher price.

 

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6. Jeep Compass

If you have a Jeep Compass, good news — your annual premium should be just $1,449. As one of the cheaper cars to insure, the Jeep's insurance-to-MSRP ratio is just 6.56%. USAA tends to assign low premiums to this model, with an average annual premium of $574 However, if you’re willing to spend more (on average, $1,209 in annual premiums), 21st Century might offer superior coverage and assistance.

 

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7. Honda HR-V

With a subcompact SUV like the Honda HR-V, you can expect your car insurance premiums to be pretty low. Your insurance costs should only be about 6.82% of the vehicle’s total manufacturer's suggested retail price. On average, your annual premium for a Honda HR-V will be $1,463. But if you’re looking to save, Progressive offers the lowest car insurance rates for this car. Farmers will also offer excellent coverage, but at a much higher cost.

 

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8. Buick Encore

The average annual premium for a subcompact SUV such as the Buick Encore is $1,468. Most insurance companies recognize these vehicles as cheap to repair, which is why your insurance premium is only 6.12% of the total MSRP. GEICO can cover your Buick Encore for the cheapest at an annual premium of $551. ALFA will cost quite a bit more, but they will still offer top-rate coverage for your vehicle.

 

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9. GMC Sierra

If you have a GMC Sierra, you’re in luck — your annual premium should be around $1,474. The Sierra's typical auto insurance cost totals just 3.64% of the vehicle’s MSRP. Progressive tends to give low rates to pickup trucks, around $364 in annual premiums. However, if you’re willing to spend more (on average, $1,041 in annual premiums), Farmers provides superior coverage and assistance.

 

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10. Toyota Tacoma

The average annual premium for a pickup truck such as the Toyota Tacoma is $1,475. Most insurance companies recognize Tacomas as cheap to repair, assigning insurance rates of just 5.0% of the total MSRP. Plymouth Rock Insurance can cover your Toyota Tacoma for the cheapest at an annual premium of $711. Liberty Mutual will cost quite a bit more, but they will still offer top-rate coverage for your vehicle.

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What were top 10 cheapest cars to insure in 2018?

 

1. Honda CR-V

  • Average annual premium: $1,232
  • Type: Compact SUV
  • MSRP: $24,250
  • Cheapest insurance company: Progressive
  • Most expensive insurance company: Metlife

 

2. Honda Odyssey

  • Average annual premium: $1,260
  • Type: Minivan
  • MSRP: $30,090
  • Cheapest insurance company: Progressive
  • Most expensive insurance company: Metlife

 

3. Jeep Cherokee

  • Average annual premium: $1,265
  • Type: SUV
  • MSRP: $21,695
  • Cheapest insurance company: USAA
  • Most expensive insurance company: Infinity

 

4. Ford Escape

  • Average annual premium: $1,269
  • Type: Compact SUV
  • MSRP: $24,105
  • Cheapest insurance company: Plymouth Rock
  • Most expensive insurance company: Liberty Mutual

 

5. Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Average annual premium: $1,278
  • Type: Minivan
  • MSRP: $26,250
  • Cheapest insurance company: Progressive
  • Most expensive insurance company: Metlife

 

6. Chevrolet Equinox

  • Average annual premium: $1,282
  • Type: Compact SUV
  • MSRP: $23,800
  • Cheapest insurance company: Texas Farm Bureau
  • Most expensive insurance company: GEICO

 

7. Jeep Wrangler

  • Average annual premium: $1,288
  • Type: Compact SUV
  • MSRP: $27,945
  • Cheapest insurance company: GEICO
  • Most expensive insurance company: Infinity

 

8. Kia Sedona

  • Average annual premium: $1,308
  • Type: Minivan
  • MSRP: $27,000
  • Cheapest insurance company: Progressive
  • Most expensive insurance company: Metlife

 

9. Toyota Sienna

  • Average annual premium: $1,321
  • Type: Minivan
  • MSRP: $31,115
  • Cheapest insurance company: Plymouth Rock
  • Most expensive insurance company: Liberty Mutual

 

10. Subaru Forester

  • Average annual premium: $1,321
  • Type: Compact SUV
  • MSRP: $24,295
  • Cheapest insurance company: GEICO
  • Most expensive insurance company: Infinity

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What were the top 10 cheapest used cars to insure in 2018?

Using the same methodology as above, we got rates for what it would cost to insure a five-year-old vehicle. Below are the cheapest used cars to insure in 2018.

 

1. Honda Odyssey

  • Average annual premium: $1,274
  • Type: Minivan
  • Cheapest insurance company: Bear River — $593
  • Most expensive insurance company: AAA — $1,981

 

2. Dodge Caravan

  • Average annual premium: $1,283
  • Type: Minivan
  • Cheapest insurance company: Bear River — $604
  • Most expensive insurance company: AAA — $2,008

 

3. Toyota Tacoma

  • Average annual premium: $1,295
  • Type: Pickup Truck
  • Cheapest insurance company: Nodak — $491
  • Most expensive insurance company: AAA — $1,980

 

4. Nissan Frontier

  • Average annual premium: $1,302
  • Type: Pickup Truck
  • Cheapest insurance company: Nodak — $567
  • Most expensive insurance company: QBE — $2,287

 

5. Subaru Outback

  • Average annual premium: $1,312
  • Type: Compact SUV
  • Cheapest insurance company: NC Farm Bureau — $534
  • Most expensive insurance company: AAA — $1,929

 

6. Jeep Patriot

  • Average annual premium: $1,323
  • Type: SUV
  • Cheapest insurance company: Bear River — $621
  • Most expensive insurance company: AAA — $2,115

 

7. Dodge Journey

  • Average annual premium: $1,282
  • Type: SUV
  • Cheapest insurance company: Bear River — $573
  • Most expensive insurance company: AAA — $2,112

 

8. Ford Escape

  • Average annual premium: $1,326
  • Type: SUV
  • Cheapest insurance company: Bear River — $626
  • Most expensive insurance company: QBC — $2,903

 

9. Kia Soul

  • Average annual premium: $1,334
  • Type: Compact SUV
  • Cheapest insurance company: Bear River — $591
  • Most expensive insurance company: AAA — $2,220

 

10. Hyundai Tucson

  • Average annual premium: $1,334
  • Type: SUV
  • Cheapest insurance company: Bear River — $80
  • Most expensive insurance company: AAA — $1,953

 

 

How does the age of a car affect insurance rates?

One of the easiest ways to save on car insurance is to spend less upfront by purchasing a used car. Both the MSRP and insurance premiums decrease over time.

Compare the following rates for the top 10 cheapest vehicles to insure after 1 and 5 years, and remember: a car starts depreciating the second you drive it off the lot.

INSURANCE RATES — NEW vs. USED MODELS
RankLeast Expensive Premium  1Y Rate  5Y Rate 
1Subaru Outback $  1,288.56 $  1,333.78 $  1,207.88
2GMC Canyon $  1,302.27 $  1,330.54 $  1,204.94
3Nissan Frontier $  1,387.55 $  1,330.19 $  1,204.63
4Fiat 500X $  1,437.85 $  1,330.09 $  1,204.54
5Jeep Compass $  1,457.71 $  1,324.53 $  1,199.50
6GMC Sierra $  1,464.06 $  1,318.79 $  1,194.30
7Ford Escape $  1,470.21 $  1,300.83 $  1,178.03
8Ford Transit Connect $  1,470.31 $  1,255.32 $  1,136.82
9Chevrolet Traverse $  1,470.70 $  1,178.17 $  1,066.95
10Kia Sportage $  1,474.28 $  1,165.76 $  1,055.72

 

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Kristine is a licensed insurance agent and one of The Zebra’s in-house content strategists. With a background in copywriting, she covers the ins and outs of the home and car insurance industries. She has contributed to numerous publications focused on the nuances of insurance, including Automoblog, USInsuranceAgents.com, and BestCompany.com.