By Andrew Ganz
Monday, Nov 29th, 2010 @ 9:05 am
 
While sports cars and off road-oriented SUVs might seem like they should be the most expensive new cars to insure, a recent report by an insurance comparison website suggests otherwise.

InsWeb reports that the lifestyle-oriented Acura ZDX crossover is actually the priciest car to insure - but not necessarily because of its power or rollover likelihood. Instead, the ZDX is relatively new and is a low volume model for Honda's luxury division, meaning there is little crash data information available yet. But, apparently, ZDXs seem to be involved in significantly more accidents than on average.

The rest of the list is mostly what you'd expect - sports cars Audi coupes, the Chevrolet Corvette and the high-end Cadillac Escalade SUV. But a few models toward the end of the list also surprise - namely, the Lexus SC 430, Jaguar XF and Cadillac STS, all of which are known for mature demographics.

Here's the Top 10 list of the most expensive cars to insure:

1. Acura ZDX
2. Audi TTS
3. Audi A5
4. Cadillac Escalade
5. Chevrolet Corvette
6. BMW Z4
7. Lexus SC 430
8. Jaguar XF
9. Cadillac STS
10. Dodge Challenger

InsWeb also evaluated the opposite end of the spectrum, revealing the cheapest cars to insure - which aren't necessarily the cheapest cars to buy. Instead, they are vehicles that tend to be driven sedately and are typically inexpensive to repair thanks to both low part costs and wide availability of replacement panels and parts.

1. Kia Sedona
2. Mazda5
3. Ford Escape
4. Hyundai Santa Fe
5. Mercury Mariner
6. Chrysler PT Cruiser
7. Ford Explorer
8. Subaru Outback
9. Kia Optima
10. Chevrolet Equinox