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MOST AND LEAST EXPENSIVE CARS TO OWN
Audi’s R8 Spyder tops the list

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Published on Wed, Feb 8, 2012

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

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Audi’s R8 Spyder Quattro Convertible is deemed the most expensive 2012 car to own

HOT WIRE—This year’s insurance bargain is the Toyota Sienna LE, which ranks as the least expensive 2012 model vehicle to insure, according to Insure.com. Meanwhile, the 2012 Audi R8 Spyder Quattro, a two-seat V10 convertible, has gunned its way to the top of the rankings as the most expensive vehicle to insure. The comprehensive resource of consumer insurance information and data drivers with a view of how more than 900 models compare with one another when it comes to the cost of insurance coverage. A variety of factors can push a vehicle’s car insurance quote higher or lower, including the frequency of crashes for that model, the cost of repairs, the cost to insurers when a vehicle is declared a total loss and the cost of bodily injury claims. “Minivans have always had a strong showing in our ‘least expensive’ rankings,” said Amy Danise, editorial director of Insure.com. “They regularly prove to be safe, economical vehicles. And, notably, we’re seeing pickup trucks back on the ‘least expensive’ list after an absence last year.” The 2012 rankings also show Audi making a strong entrance onto the “most expensive to insure” list, which was primarily dominated last year by Mercedes and Porsche. The rankings were based on average car insurance rates for a representative driver. For the sample driver used in the study, it would cost $2,273 more per year to insure the Audi sports car than it would to insure the Sienna minivan. The least expensive 2012 vehicles to insure per year: 1. Toyota Sienna LE: $1,111 2. Toyota Sienna 4 cyl: $1,114 3. Jeep Patriot Sport: $1,116 4. Jeep Compass Sport: $1,118 5. GMC Sierra K1500 Regular Cab: $1,121 6. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab: $1,125 7. Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: $1,129 8. Ford Escape XLS: $1,137 9. Toyota Sienna 6 cyl: $1,139 10. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab: $1,143 11. Dodge Journey SXT: $1,143 12. Honda Odyssey LX: $1,146 13. Kia Sportage: $1,151 14. Hyundai Santa Fe GLS: $1,152 15. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport: $1,154 16. Nissan Frontier S King Cab: $1,162 17. Nissan Frontier SV King Cab: $1,163 18. Hyundai Tucson GL: $1,166 19. Ford Escape XLT: $1,167 20. GMC Canyon: $1,167

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Toyota's Sienna LE is deemed the least expensive 2012 car to own

The most expensive 2012 vehicles to insure per year: 1. Audi R8 Spyder Quattro Convertible: $3,384 2. Mercedes CL600 BI-T Coupe: $3,307 3. Mercedes S600 BI-T: $2,948 4. Audi R8 4.2 Quattro Coupe: $2,903 5. Porsche Panamera Turbo: $2,738 6. BMW 750i Hybrid: $2,701 7. Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible: $2,674 8. Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible: $2,674 9. Mercedes CL65 AMG Coupe: $2,669 10. BMW 750Li Hybrid: $2,641 11. Mercedes SL63 AMG Convertible: $2,615 12. Mercedes CL63 AMG Coupe: $2,613 13. Jaguar XKR Supercharged Convertible: $2,585 14. Mercedes S63 AMG: $2,542 15. Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe: $2,532 16. Audi A8 L Quattro: $2,513 17. Mercedes SL550 Convertible: $2,458 18. Nissan GT-R Coupe Turbo: $2,457 19. BMW 750XI: $2,446 20. BMW 750i: $2,430 Insure.com commissioned Quadrant Information Services to provide auto insurance rates for more than 900 car models from six large carriers (Allstate, Farmers, GEICO, Nationwide, Progressive and State Farm) in 10 ZIP codes per state. Rates were not available for all models, particularly exotic cars. Averages are based on insurance for a single, 40-year-old male who commutes 12 miles to work each day, 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. The hypothetical driver has a clean record and good credit. The rate includes uninsured motorist coverage. Average rates are for comparative purposes. Actual rates will depend on individual driver factors.

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