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Drive the Right Car, Cut Your Auto-Insurance Premiums

Among 2016 models, the Honda Odyssey LX costs the least to insure, with an average annual premium of $1,113.

I’m looking for a new car for my family. Are some cars cheaper to insure than others? --L.M., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Yes, the type of car you buy can make a big difference in your insurance premiums. Every insurer has its own calculations and claim figures, but a vehicle’s insurance costs are generally based on theft statistics, crash tests, the cost of replacement parts and the cost of the car.

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Insure.com compared rates for 2016 models and found that the Honda Odyssey LX cost the least to insure, with an average annual premium of $1,113, followed by the Honda CR-V LX (two-wheel drive), Dodge Grand Caravan AVP and Jeep Patriot Sport (two-wheel drive). The most expensive car to insure was the Dodge Viper GT, averaging more than $4,000.

Look up average premiums by car using Insure.com’s tool, or ask your agent or insurer about costs for cars you’re considering.

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