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The Cheapest Cars to Insure in 2017 with the Best Gas Mileage

Owning a car can be an expensive proposition. Just finding enough money to drive it off the lot can be daunting, but that’s only half the financial battle. You also have to worry about gas, maintenance – and insurance.

Of the three, gas and insurance can eat through your finances faster than you ever thought possible. That’s why, when you’re looking for a new (or new to you) vehicle, it’s important to factor both of these things into the equation.

This guide will help you discover which modern cars are the cheapest to insure, while also getting great mileage. The combination of the two will keep more of your money where it belongs – in your wallet.

2017 Honda CR-V

Is it possible to find an SUV that doesn’t guzzle gas? As a matter of fact, it is – if it’s the Honda CR-V. This sporty 4-cylinder SUV seats 5 comfortably, and comes with all of the standard Honda bells and whistles, including:

  • Push-button ignition
  • Bluetooth capability
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (a warning system that notifies you if you begin to drift from your lane)
  • The Honda Intelligent Multi-Information Display, which keeps track of all your vehicle’s relevant information
  • And much more.

Best of all, though, is the mileage. At 27 mpg city and 34 highway, you can drive your Honda for awhile before you have to fill up. Insurance isn’t crazy, either, with most estimates coming in at less than $100 a month.

The CR-V starts at around $23k, making it all-around affordable…and a great choice for just about anyone.

If you have a bigger family, or just don’t want to get trapped in a small little car, the 2017 Honda CR-V might be exactly what you’re looking for.

2015 Volkswagen Passat

There are several VW models that could make this list, including the 2014 Beetle, but the Passat is the one we like the best.

At an MSRP of about $22k, the Passat is well within most people’s budgets. It also gets good mileage – 34 miles per gallon highway and about 24 or so in the city. Or, if you’re interested in the diesel model, you can bump those numbers up to 30 city/40 highway – very impressive.

The Passat is a luxurious mid-sized sedan, as well. There’s plenty of room for 4 people, and many models come with manual transmissions – great for when you want to feel like a race car driver, but without having to make all the pit stops.

The insurance on these cars is cheap, too – about $70 a month, according to most estimates.

If you need an affordable, stylish mid-sized sedan, you can’t do much better than the 2017 Passat.

2017 Toyota Camry

Another mid-sized car, the Camry is the most popular vehicle on this list, and for good reason. It’s one of the 2017 IIHS top-safety picks – so it can likely save you money on medical bills as well as gas and insurance.

The award is a big reason why the insurance on this car is so low as well – around $85 a month, according to most estimates. The car comes with a blind spot monitoring system, lane departure alert, and a backup camera, so you’re covered no matter what direction you’re heading in.

The Camry also features a Hybrid Synergy Drive, switching back and forth between the gas and electric motors as the need dictates. This means big savings at the pump, as the car registers about 25 mpg city and 35 highway.

It’s also a sleek and stylish car, and merges beautifully with your technology. Bluetooth capability and hands-free phone keep you focused on the road, and the navigation system ensures you get where you’re going safely and with plenty of time to spare.

Starting at around $22k, the 2017 Toyota Camry is a can’t-miss vehicle. It saves you money at every turn – and ensures you look good at the same time.

Stay Safe, Save Money

Of course, it goes without saying that the ultimate factor in terms of your car’s cost is your driving itself. If you rack up a lot of speeding tickets or get caught in the occasional fender bender, your insurance will go up, and no car can change that.

Likewise, if you constantly have the pedal to the metal, you’re going to spend more on gas than if you were more conscientious about your driving.

However, choosing the right car can go a long way towards mitigating your shortcomings behind the wheel. These three cars are your best bets for keeping more money in your wallet, instead of pouring it all into your car.

Shaun Fyffe

Shaun Fyffe

Hi, I am Shaun Fyffe and writing is my passion. I have been researching and writing for the auto insurance industry for 10 years. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with my family, sometimes I might go hiking or riding a bike, plus doing the regular hanging out - New York Style!

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