Is it cheaper to insure a Honda Civic sedan than a coupe?

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Question: How is the Honda Civic coupe classified in comparison to the Civic sedan?  Will a coupe have a higher car insurance rate than the sedan?

Answer:  More often than not, car insurance providers will find one or more of the risk factors associated with a coupe to push the cost of its coverage higher than that of the same model sedan, and this is what we found with the Honda Civic.

For insurance companies to come up with the vehicle classifications and rating for each make and model vehicle, they take into account several ratings factors, including, but not limited to: 

  • Initial purchase price of the vehicle
  • Cost of repairs
  • How often the model/type of vehicle is involved in an accident
  • Safety ratings
  • Top speed / horsepower
  • Rate of theft

Using these factors, two-door coupes are typically more expensive to insure than a four-door sedan, but this isn't true all of the time since insurance companies rating systems and vehicle rating classifications do differ. 

For an example of the difference in costs, we ran a quick quote for a 30-year-old single male living in Edmond, Okla.,for both a 2012 Honda Civic sedan and coupe.  We chose bodily injury liability limits of $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident and $50,000 for property damage liability (50/100/50 coverage) and carrying collision and comprehensive with $500 deductibles each.

The sedan came back with a rate of $1,626 a year and the coupe $1,838, so the coupe in this rate comparison was more expensive by $212 per year. 

The differences were seen in higher rates on your bodily injury liability, collision and comprehensive coverages.  Comprehensive (coverage that protects against theft) went up the most; this coverage was $144 more a year for the coupe than the sedan.

If you are shopping around for a new car and a Honda is at the top of your list, you're in luck.  We've already done some of the heavy lifting for you.  We have complied auto insurance rate comparisons for several 2012 Honda models here.

We also have gathered information specifically on the 2012 Honda Civic, which includes car insurance comparison rates for it and its competitors.  

Your car insurance rates will differ above or on the Honda pages because your premium will be based on your location, driving record, annual mileage and other important rating factors.

I'd encourage you to get a free auto insurance rate quote before purchasing your new vehicle, whether it's a Honda coupe, sedan or totally different car.  This way, when you head to the dealership to purchase your car there are no surprises on how much your auto insurance premium will be.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



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