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Top 10 Cheapest Cars to Insure for 2010

March 25, 2010

Mazda posted it's annual list of least expensive new cars to insure for 2010 and the Mazda Tribute won the title as cheapest to insure.

As usual, the list is made up of mostly minivans and SUVs which tend to keep passengers safer in accidents. Contrary to popular belief, the cheapest cars are not necessarily the cheapest to insure.

Oftentimes, smaller and less-expensive cars are driven by young, inexperienced drivers. Couple this with the likelihood that accidents involving these cars tend to result in more injury, and you've got good reasons why small, cheap cars don't have the most affordable insurance rates.

Here is a list of the average yearly premiums assuming the driver is a 40 year old male: (It's interesting to note that the cheapest insurance rates have gone up about 25% compared to last year when the Hyundai Santa Fe was ranked #1 with an annual premium of only $832).

1$1,070.25Mazda Tribute I (2WD)
2$1,095.26Honda Odyssey LX
3$1,103.29Mazda Tribute I (4WD)
4$1,119.83Chrysler Town & Country LX
5$1,124.38Jeep Wrangler X
6$1,128.29Mazda Tribute S
7$1,131.06Dodge Grand Caravan SE
8$1,133.97Toyota Sienna CE
9$1,134.08Hyundai Tucson GLS
10$1,138.41Kia Sportage LX

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- Gregg Fidan

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About: Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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