May 17, 2010 05:01 ET Announces Low Cost Car Insurance Award Winners

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -  Congratulations, Mazda: The Tribute i tops the list of's ranking of the least expensive 2010 vehicles to insure, garnering it a Low Cost Car Insurance Award.

Our new annual awards honor vehicles that are the cheapest to insure, based on a survey of average car insurance rates for more than 2,400 vehicles for the 2010 model year.

The top Low Cost Car Insurance Award winners in each category are:

  • Cars: Dodge Caliber 4-door hatchback
  • SUVs: Mazda Tribute i 2WD 4-door Utility
  • Vans: Honda Odyssey LX 5-door 2WD
  • Trucks: GMC Canyon WT 2WD 2-door 2.9L

Use's interactive tool to compare car insurance rates for more than 2,400 vehicles, with data nationally and for each state.

Low Cost Car Insurance Award Winners - Cars
Rank Vehicle Style Average annual premium
1 Dodge Caliber 4-Door Hatchback 1196.21
2 Buick Lacrosse CX 4-Door Sedan 1204.23
3 Toyota Yaris 3-Door Hatchback 1208.61
4 Honda Accord LX 4-Door Sedan DOHC VTEC 1211.92
5 Honda Accord LX Premium 4-Door Sedan DOHC VTEC 1214.23
6 Scion XB 5-Door Wagon 1215.86
7 Mini Cooper 2-Door Hatchback 1225.53
8 Volkswagen Jetta S 4-Door Sedan 1229.92
9 Ford Fusion S 4-Door Sedan 1231.03
10 Dodge Caliber R/T 4-Door Hatchback     1231.31
Low Cost Car Insurance Award Winners - SUVs  
Rank Vehicle Style Average annual premium
1 Mazda Tribute i 2WD 4-Door Utility 1070.25
2 Mazda Tribute i 4WD 4-Door Utility 1103.29
3 Mazda Tribute S Grand Touring 2WD 4-Door Utility 1128.29
4 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2WD 4-Door Utility 1134.08
5 Kia Sportage LX 2WD 4-Door Utility 1138.41
6 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4-Door 2WD Utility 1141.07
7 Jeep Patriot Sport 2WD 4-Door Utility 1145.58
8 Honda CR-V LX 5-Door 2.4L 1146.29
9 Mazda Tribute S Grand Touring 4WD 4-Door Utility 1146.69
10 Dodge Journey SE 2WD 4-Door 2.4L Utility 1149.59
Low Cost Car Insurance Award Winners - Vans
Rank Vehicle Style Average annual premium
1 Honda Odyssey LX 5-Door 2WD SOHC 1095.26
2 Chrysler Town & Country LX 2WD 4-Door 3.3L Wagon 1119.83
3 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 2WD 4-Door 3.3L Wagon 1131.06
4 Toyota Sienna CE 4-Door Wagon 1133.97
5 Honda Odyssey EX 5-Door 2WD SOHC 1139.80
6 Dodge Grand Caravan C/V 2WD 4-Door Van 1146.53
7 Toyota Sienna LE 4-Door Wagon 1148.78
8 Honda Odyssey Touring 5-Door 2WD SOHC 1180.27
9 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 2WD 4-Door 3.8L Wagon 1186.95
10 Toyota Sienna XLE 4-Door Wagon 1187.31
Low Cost Car Insurance Award Winners - Trucks
Rank Vehicle Style Average annual premium
1 GMC Canyon WT 2WD 2-Door 2.9L 1152.39
2 Toyota Tacoma 2WD 2-Door 1179.84
3 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4-Door 2WD Pickup DOHC 1183.88
4 GMC Canyon WT 2WD 2-Door 1189.66
5 GMC Canyon WT 2WD 4-Door 2.9L Extended Cab 1190.97
6 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner 2WD 2-Door 1192.80
7 Ford Ranger XL 2WD Std Bed 1194.84
8 Ford Ranger XL 2WD Long Bed 1196.86
9 Ford Ranger Sport 2WD Long Bed 1198.27
10 Ford Ranger XLT 2WD Long Bed 1198.60

About the rankings

To arrive at the average premiums, commissioned a study from Quadrant Information Services that calculated the average annual premiums for a male driver (see full profile below) using car insurance rates from six large insurers in 10 ZIP codes per state.

Averages are based on a single 40-year-old male driver who commutes 12 miles to work, 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. He has a clean driving record and good credit. The policy includes uninsured motorist coverage. Average annual rates are for comparative purposes; your rate will depend on your personal factors.

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