How much you pay for car insurance is based on many factors. The make and model of the car you get is one of them. The cost or value of the car is a major deciding factor, but so is the cost to repair it if it were involved in an accident, its theft likelihood, the size of the engine and how many safety options are included.
Choosing a safer, more reliable, less expensive and slower car will almost always save you money on insurance compared to a faster, more expensive car. Consider these factors when shopping for a new vehicle if the cost of insurance is part of your decision.
How much does having a Subaru Outback influence your car insurance rate?
A rate analysis in 2020 from Quadrant Information Services calculated the average cost of full coverage car insurance as $1,738 in the United States. For a Subaru Outback, the average cost of full coverage insurance is only $1,361. That’s a savings of $377 per year compared to the national average.
For years, Subaru has been considered one of the safest car brands in America. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Subaru Outback its Top Safety Pick Award, with advanced or superior ratings on all six of the crashworthiness evaluations conducted by the Institute. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also gives the Subaru Outback 5-star safety ratings.
One of the reasons the Outback and other Subaru models get such high ratings is their standard safety features:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Anti-lock brakes
- EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
- Forward collision warning
- Lane assist
- Lane departure warning
- Rearview camera
- Rear-seat reminder
- Seatbelt warning for front and rear passengers
- Steering-responsive automatic LED high-beam headlights and daytime running lights
- Symmetrical all-wheel drive
There are also optional advanced safety features available, which could provide additional discounts on insurance:
- Blind spot monitoring
- DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System
- Front-view camera
- Lane change assist
- LED fog lights
- Rear crossing traffic alerts
- Rear automatic braking
How much is insurance for a Subaru Outback?
Though the Subaru Outback comes in one model, it has several different trim package options which change the value and repair costs. Exact costs for insurance will vary by year and trim package for the Outback, and whether you require liability-only or full coverage on the vehicle. Your premium will also depend on the year of the vehicle.
As you can see from the table below with average rates for a 2019 Subaru Outback, there is a big difference in average minimum premium for liability-only and full coverage insurance.
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Due to the amount of factors, including year, make, model and trim package that go into insurance pricing, rates can vary widely between different vehicles, even the same make and model. It’s no different when comparing insurance companies.
Take a look at the chart below to see how insurance costs differ from company to company for full coverage and liability-only.
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What factors influence your car insurance other than your car?
Even though there are multiple factors about the type of car you drive that can affect insurance costs, they aren’t the only thing that matters. Insurance companies also use personal and household information, which can greatly affect the premium you have to pay to insure your vehicle:
- Coverage limits and deductibles
- Credit score (in some states)
- Discounts available
- Driving record (yours and other household drivers)
- How many miles you drive per year
- Marital status
Because of this, your vehicle alone won’t be enough to give you a complete view of possible rates. Getting rates from a variety of providers will give you the most information.
How can you save money on Subaru Outback car insurance?
Though rates for a Subaru Outback are generally below the national average, there are other ways you can save money on your car insurance:
- Choosing coverage: If you have a high-value vehicle or just bought a new Subaru Outback, many insurance experts say it’s worth paying the extra money for full coverage auto insurance. Liability-only coverage is generally recommended for low-value cars or people who can self-insure if the vehicle is wrecked or totaled.
- Consider trim packages: The Subaru Outback model has high safety ratings, but certain trim packages include even more safety features that could lower your insurance costs. On the other hand, increasing the base value of the model could increase the cost of insurance.
- Get all your discounts: Some discounts, like safety features, are automatically added when you get a quote or add a car to your policy. Others you have to ask for, so don’t forget to ask about all the discounts you qualify for to get additional savings.
- Maintain a clean driving record: Avoiding accidents and tickets in the household is one of the best ways to save on auto insurance. A good driving discount can be automatically added with most insurance companies for those with a clean driving history.
- Shop before you buy: It pays to get quotes for different model years and trim packages. If you’re stuck between two or more options, comparing quotes from one or more insurance companies can help you make a smarter decision to fit your budget.
Is insurance less for a Subaru Outback?
The standard safety features and stellar crash test ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA can make the Outback cheaper to insure than other makes and models. The makeup of your household, location and driving records can either keep the costs low or increase them.
Why do some cars cost more to insure than others?
Insurance companies base their premiums on risk. The more likely the vehicle is to be involved in an accident and the more it costs to fix it are primary factors in base rates for auto insurance. Companies consider crash test ratings, horsepower, safety features and the size of the engine, too.
Is car insurance cheaper if it’s paid off?
It can seem like insurance gets cheaper once a car is paid off, but the rate doesn’t change just because it’s paid off. Instead, the value of the car is lower, which reduces the cost to insure it. Since it’s no longer financed, you have the option to remove comprehensive and collision coverage if you can self insure.
Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze rates for all ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Quoted rates are based on a 40-year-old male and female driver with a clean driving record, good credit and the following full coverage limits:
- $100,000 bodily injury liability per person
- $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident
- $50,000 property damage liability per accident
- $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per person
- $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per accident
- $500 collision deductible
- $500 comprehensive deductible
To determine minimum coverage limits, Bankrate used minimum coverages that meet each state’s requirements. Our sample drivers own a 2019 Subaru, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.
These are sample rates and should be used for comparative purposes only. Your quotes may be different.
Rates are determined based on 2020 Quadrant Information Services data.