New survey gauges the least and most expensive cars to insure

February 16, 2012 12:00 am

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While it's not the flashiest ride on the road, the Toyota Sienna minivan shines brightest for drivers looking for the biggest bargain on car insurance.

The four-cylinder LE model took top honors as the cheapest vehicle to insure among some 900 reviewed by the price-comparison website

In all, five minivans placed near the top of the least-expensive rankings for the 2012 model year, including the Dodge Grand Caravan and Honda Odyssey. Pickup trucks and SUV/crossover vehicles also made a good showing.

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The four-cylinder Toyota Sienna LE is the cheapest 2012 model to insure, according to rankings compiled by the price-comparison website The company looked at insurance rates nationwide for roughly 900 models.
Least expensive:
1. Toyota Sienna LE
2. Toyota Sienna
3. Jeep Patriot Sport
4. Jeep Compass Sport
5. GMC Sierra K 1500, regular cab
6. Chevrolet Silverado 1500, regular cab
7. Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
8. Ford Escape XLS
9. Toyota Sienna (six-cylinder)
10. Chevrolet Silverado 1500, extended cab
11. Dodge Journey SXT
12. Honda Odyssey LX
13. Kia Sportage
14. Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
15. Jeep Wrangler unlimited sport
16. Nissan Frontier S, king cab
17. Nissan Frontier SV, king cab
18. Hyundai Tucson GL
19. Ford Escape XLT
20. GMC Canyon
Most expensive:
1. Audi R8 Spyder Quattro, convertible
2. Mercedes CL600 BI-T, coupe
3. Mercedes S600 BI-T
4. Audi R8 4.2 Quattro, coupe
5. Porsche Panamera Turbo
6. BMW 750i Hybrid
7. Porsche 911 Turbo, convertible
8. Porsche 911 Turbo S, convertible
9. Mercedes CL65 AMG, coupe
10. BMW 750Li Hybrid

The data do not indicate why certain vehicles landed at the top of the least expensive list, said Amy Danise, editorial director at

First Published 2012-02-15 23:22:59

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