Mercury Insurance has been providing auto insurance toCalifornia drivers and families since 1962, covering everything from Audis to Teslas. Since all cars and trucks are not created equal in the realm of insurance, some vehicles are less expensive to insure than others.
Mercury’s research and development team recently examined the top 100 make/model combinations for the 2012 to 2015 model years to compile a list of the least expensive cars to insure. The list was created based on the Mercury price for full coverage – liability, comprehensive and collision – in California.
Honda vehicles occupy three of the top four spots. Here is the complete top-10 list, beginning with the cheapest vehicle.
Honda Fit – subcompact car
Ford Fiesta – compact car
Honda CR-V – crossover SUV
Honda Pilot – crossover SUV
MINI Countryman – premium compact car
Ford Edge – crossover SUV
Scion XB – wagon
Mazda3 – compact car
Hyundai Elantra – compact car
Toyota Sienna – minivan
“There are many factors that go into calculating the cost to insure different vehicles, but the cost to repair them when they are damaged is at the top of the list,” said Jim Reeves, Group Manager, R&D for Mercury Insurance. “The vehicles on our list, led by the Honda Fit, are more than 10 percent cheaper to insure than the average of all cars and trucks insured by Mercury. These savings can help reduce the cost of ownership, so you should always consider what it will cost to insure your new car when you’re shopping for the perfect vehicle.”
Mercury boasts more than 1,200 independent agents in California and is the state’s leading writer of automobile insurance in the independent agency channel.
“Many consumers don’t think about the cost to insure a car before they buy it,” said Larry Dominique, president of ALG. “We heavily scrutinize data to determine a vehicle’s future value, and car shoppers should take a close look at Mercury’s list to see how insurance factors into the total cost of ownership and if one of these vehicles on the list is a good fit for their budget.”
Based on the price for full coverage, here are the top five most affordable vehicles (listed in order) to insure with Mercury in 2016 by body style.
MINI Cooper Roadster
Mazda MX-5 Miata
GM Sierra C1500
Dodge Grand Caravan
Chrysler Town and Country
*Other factors, such as a driver’s experience and accident history, can push the rate up or down, but were not included in the rate calculations.
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