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 |  Jun 23 2011, 3:55 PM

It’s time to buy a car and you’re weighing all the options before making a purchase – including insurance rates. Your timing couldn’t be better, because has just released their list of the least expensive cars, vans, SUVs and trucks to insure in 2011, and the auto brands that will lower your insurance rates are Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan and Chevrolet.

With the help of  Quadrant Information Services, determined these findings on premiums for 40-year-old male drivers. Using six major insurance carriers’ premiums in 10 ZIP codes in each state, they were able to access which vehicles would cost less to insure.

Taking the top spot was both the four- and six-cylinder front-wheel-drive Toyota Highlander – this car will set you back $1,154 and $1,183 per year, respectively. In the minivan category, the Chrysler Town & Country LX is the least expensive minivan to insure at $1,092 per year. If you’re in the market for trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 costs $1,174 per year to insure, while at $1,128 per year, the Nissan Murano SL is the least expensive SUV to insure.

Hit the jump for a list of the least expensive vehicles to insure in their respective categories, along with the cost to insure them per year.

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 |  Jan 15 2011, 5:19 PM

The bills are starting to trickle in from the holidays and you’re all out of cash – so now’s the time to spring the most and least expensive cars to insure in 2011 (we know, we’re good like that). has just released their annual list of the most expensive cars to insure, as well as the ones that won’t break your budget, based on a study commissioned from Quadrant Information Services. This survey takes into account six top U.S. insurance carriers and offers us a list of 40 vehicles that take top spots in each category.

The most expensive vehicle to insure in 2011 is the Mercedes SL65 AMG roadster that boasts an average annual national premium of $3,629.11 (that’s the price if you’ve been a squeaky clean driver with no speeding tickets or previous car insurance claims). On the bottom of the list is the Chrysler Town & Country LX that comes in at a much more affordable annual national premium of $1,091.80.

So why is the Town & Country only a third of what the SL65 AMG comes in at? “Family vehicles driven by soccer moms aren’t as likely to get into crashes as flashier sporty models,” says Russ Rader, a spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute.”Soccer-mom vehicles are driven by people who are generally not driving aggressively, aren’t speeding and often aren’t driving during peak commuting hours.”

You can check out the list of the top 10 most and least expensive cars to insure after the jump.

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