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Among the vehicles that are the least expensive

Among the vehicles that are the least expensive to insure is the Toyota Highlander. This is a 2011 model. Photo Credit: Handout

Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan and Chevrolet have the least expensive vehicles trucks to insure in 2011, according to Insure.com, an insurance research website.

The rates are based on a 40-year-old male driver from a compilation of six major insurance carriers' premiums in 10 ZIP codes in each state.

Cars
1. Toyota Highlander four-cylinder with front-wheel drive: $1,154 per year.
2. Toyota Highlander six-cylinder with front-wheel drive: $1,183 per year.
3. Volkswagen CC Sport four-cylinder: $1,186 per year.
4. Nissan Cube SL: $1,188 per year.
5. Nissan Cube: $1,206 per year.

Minivans and vans
1. Chrysler Town & Country LX: $1,092 per year.
2. Toyota Sienna base four-cylinder: $1,101 per year.
3. Toyota Sienna LE four-cylinder: $1,108 per year.
4. Honda Odyssey LX: $1,115 per year.
5. Honda Odyssey EX: $1,138 per year.

SUVs
1. Nissan Murano SL with front-wheel drive: $1,128 per year.
2. Ford Escape XLS with all-wheel drive: $1,150 per year.
3. Honda CR-V LX: $1,155 per year.
4. (tie) Hyundai Santa Fe GLS four-cylinder with front-wheel drive: $1,158 per year.
4. (tie) Jeep Patriot Sport with front-wheel drive: $1,158 per year.

Trucks
1. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 extended-cab eight-cylinder with front-wheel drive, 158-inch wheelbase: $1,174 per year.
2. Toyota Tacoma regular-cab four-cylinder with front-wheel drive: $1,184 per year.
3. (tie) Chevrolet Silverado 1500 extended-cab eight-cylinder with front-wheel drive, 144-inch wheelbase: $1,194 per year.
3. (tie) Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew-cab eight-cylinder with front-wheel drive, 144-inch wheelbase, flex-fuel: $1,194 per year.
5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 regular-cab eight-cylinder with front-wheel drive, 133-inch wheelbase: $1,197 per year.

Photo: Among the vehicles that are the least expensive to insure is the Toyota Highlander. This is a 2011 model.
 

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