2019 List of Most Expensive Cars to Insure: Is Yours One of These?

Spending Twice as Much on a Car and Paying Less Insurance Can Happen

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When you're shopping around for a car, you might think that the budget for your car insurance premium will be relative to the price of the car, but the price of a car isn't always a good indicator on the cost of car insurance. Have you ever compared prices of car insurance and discovered someone with a more expensive car than you is paying much less? Or, have you ever changed to another model of car and ended up paying the same or more for a car that is cheaper? You would not be alone, these are scenarios that happen to people every day, and everyone has the same question: Why? There are reasons why one car is more expensive to insure than another, and it helps to look at the average costs of insurance before you buy your next car.

Consider reducing the cost of the insurance by adding anti-theft devices that will give you higher discounts and combine this strategy with bundling your home and car, and take a higher deductible to save a significant amount on your premiums through discounts.

There are all kinds of lists you can look at, but the best way to find affordable insurance is to shop around and use your personal information and insurance credit scoring to get the best price. We've got the most recent lists of the most expensive cars to insure, and some of the cars on this list just may surprise you, we'll also explain why.

Do Cheaper Cars Cost Less in Insurance?

No. An affordable car purchase doesn't always mean affordable insurance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS HLDI) collects data on claims payments, crash data, safety ratings and other important information about driving habits, accident causes and distracted driving statistics. One of the things this data is used for is to look at the cost of car insurance and frequency of claims and claims payouts for car parts or damages on different cars.

24/7 Wallstreet used this data to come up with the most expensive cars to insure in 2018, but there could be correlations between the costs of insurance and the profile of driver who normally purchase these cars.

These are the cars that made the list of the cars that will cost the most on insurance based on current (IIHS HLDI) statistics.

List of the Most Expensive Cars to Insure 2019

Every year various organizations compare the cost of car insurance to come up with lists of the most expensive cars to insure. We are covering a couple of them because it gives you a good idea of how different factors can impact the rates. If you aren't looking at buying a luxury class car, then you may be more interested in the information in our second list.

In the 2019 most recent data from Insure.com, for example, who do a review every year, these are the most expensive cars to insure in 2019 based on the average rate of car insurance surveyed.

  1. Nissan CT-R $3,941
  2. Mercedes Maybach S650 $3,917
  3. Porsche Panamera Turbo $3,887
  4. Mercedes AMG GT R $3,751
  5. BMW M760i xDrive $3,705
  6. BMW M6 Grand Coupe $3,637
  7. BMW I8 $3,585
  8. Mercedes S65 AMG $3,585
  9. Mercedes SL63 AMG $3,549
  10. Mercedes S560 $Matic $3,514
  11. Porsche 911 Carrera GT3 RS $3,458
  12. Mercedes Maybach S560 4Matic $3,393
  13. Landrover Rangerover SV AUTOBIO Dynamic $3,356
  14. Jaguar F-Type SVR $3,350
  15. Tesla Model S 75D $3,300
  16. BMW M5 $3,275
  17. Jaguar XJ R575 $3,257
  18. Mercedes SL550 $3,218
  19. BMW 750I XDrive $3,216
  20. Jaguar XF Sport Brake Prestige $3,199

Note that the range of the entire list is between $3,199 and $3,941, so overall the most expensive cars to insure are generating premiums of about $3000 to $4000 per year. If you are looking to lower your car insurance price, consider increasing the deductible and you can probably work away most of the price difference using this strategy. The cost of the cars in the list also probably share some of following common risks which would make the costs higher than average:

  • more expensive parts to repair or replace (making collision costs higher)
  • higher incidence of theft (making comprehensive costs higher)
  • more horsepower (making liability risks higher)
  • high value to replace

Compare this list to the one below from our other sources and you will see a big difference.

The average cost of car insurance for half of the cars in the 25 most expensive cars to insure based on 24/7 Wallstreet's information range between $1150 and $1200 per year.

Our most expensive car to insure list below includes:

  • the annual average price of insurance paid on these models according to the (IIHS HLDI)
  • the approximate retail value of the car

Cheaper cars don't always mean cheap car insurance, but they may also indicate average profiles of the average drivers for these cars.

  1. Kia Forte: $1,155.82 average insurance cost / $16,800 retail
  2. Mercedes-Benz C class four-door 2WD: $1,157.34 average insurance cost / $40,250 retail
  3. Nissan Versa: $1,157.59 / $12,110
  4. Nissan Sentra: $1,165.05 / $16,990
  5. Lexus IS 350 four-door 2WD: $1,167.11 / $38,210
  6. Audi A4 four-door 2WD: $1,169.13 / $36,000
  7. Land Rover Range Rover Sport four-door 4WD: $1,173.05 / $66,750
  8. Infiniti Q50 2D 4WD: $1,182.32 / $66,750
  9. Dodge Dart: $1,187.55 / $16,995
  10. Kia Rio: $1,191.26 / $13,900
  11. Nissan Maxima: $1,237.68 / $33,270
  12. Scion tC: $1,237.74 / $19,385
  13. Chrysler 200 2WD / $1,261.87 / $22,115
  14. Scion iA: $1,274.51 / $15,700
  15. Ford Mustang 2D: $1,291.53 / $25,680
  16. Lexus GS 350 4D 2WD: $1,295.44 / $46,310
  17. BMW 4 series 2D 2WD: $1,306.51 / $43,300
  18. Audi A7 4D 4WD: $1,322.51 / $69,700
  19. Dodge Challenger: $1,335.79 / $27,295
  20. Kia Optima hybrid: $1,355.13 / $25,995
  21. Dodge Charger 2WD: $1,385.61 / $28,995
  22. Scion FR-S: $1,403.67 / $25,305
  23. Mitsubishi Lancer 2WD: $1,458.48 / $17,795
  24. Mercedes-Benz S class four-door LWB 2WD: $1,540.63 / $89,900
  25. Tesla Model S four-door electric 4WD: $1,789.48 / $74,500

What Factors Makes Some Expensive Cars Have Better Insurance Pricing?

Before we get into differences on driver profiles for various cars, it is worth understanding that when cars have more safety features, they may be more expensive to buy, but less expensive to insure. When a car is using technology to prevent damage or avoid accidents it may be a more expensive model of car, but the insurance may be less because it is less likely to cost the insurance company as much in claims payments as the cheaper cars with fewer safety features, provided all other factors are the same (age, location, driving history, etc.)

Your Personal Information Will Impact The Cost of Insurance

Depending on the source of information, and how data is calculated, there are going to be high variations in which cars make different lists. So these lists should be taken as indicators, but ultimately pricing cars using your personal information will give you the best estimates.

Different Insurance Price Lists Use Different Criteria

A great example in seeing how personal information, your choice of insurance company and even your location can impact the cost of insurance can be found when you look at the list of least expensive cars to insure, and Insure.com's most expensive car list and compare it to the list above. Insure.com uses data from six insurance companies in 10 zip codes per state but are based on a 40-year-old male profile. This significantly impacts the rates being used to make a list. As a result, the cars on the lists change.

The list above using data from IIHS HLDI's accidents, claims payouts, crash testing and average premiums across the USA and is also not isolated to a specific age but rather on actual claims data.

For example: the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4D 4WD is probably not being driven on average by a 19-year-old as primary driver across the country, it is probably being driven by someone with age discounts, professional discounts, strong insurance credit scoring and possibly more driving experience because it isn't the kind of car most people get as their first car, or when they are students. So using actual data from the Institute would account for this. However, if you take Nissan or Kia, there is likely more diversity in the profile of driver and this could be part of what puts both these cars in the same price range of insurance in the list above. The price of insurance for you on these two cars, may not be the same at all, even though they are almost the same in the list.

The Best Way to Find Out The Most Expensive Car to Insure?

The best way to find out what the most expensive cars to insure or the least expensive for you is:

  • Come up with your wish list of cars.
  • Get a quote keeping all your personal information the same.
  • Switch up the car models and compare.

Repeat with different insurance companies because one company may be better suited to your profile than another, and these companies will give you a better price on insurance.

This way you are will get the real picture of your expected cost, and its the best way to work on your car insurance budget and not end up with unexpected surprises.