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How much does a Toyota cost to insure?

Like most major car manufacturers, Toyota produces cars to suit individual needs. For those who clock up a lot of motorway miles, the Toyota Corolla, Camry or Prius might fit the bill.

Alternatively, if you live in the heart of a city, small cars like the Toyota Aygo or the Yaris might be a better fit. Small cars usually have the lowest road tax, the best fuel economy and are easier to manoeuvre and park in narrow city streets.

If you are more interested in a car that is quick off the mark, then the sporty Toyota Supra might be just the ticket. If you’d prefer a car that can handle rough terrain, then the four-wheel drive Toyota RAV4 or Land Cruiser could be more suitable.

We all have different needs as drivers. But whichever car suits you best, you will have to factor in the car insurance premiums that apply. The price you pay to insure your Toyota will differ depending on the engine size and specifications of each model.

For instance, insurance on the speedy Toyota Supra would cost you in the region of £2,662*. In contrast to this the price, insurance for the Yaris Y20 VVT-I could be more affordable at £389*.

Other factors such as where you live, whether your car is kept off-road overnight as well as your age and driving history will affect your car insurance premium.

*These prices are an average based on the model, and all our customer quotes from 14 January 2021 to 14 June 2021. This includes different locations, driving background and other factors. Your own quote could be cheaper or more expensive depending on your personal circumstances.

All information on this page was last reviewed on 10 August 2021, see T&Cs.

History and facts about Toyota

Bizarrely, Toyota's origins lie in the Japanese weaving industry of the early 20th Century. Sakichi Toyoda invented the world's first automatic loom and subsequently set up the Toyoda Spinning and Weaving Company in 1918.

The loom impressed a British firm, the Platt Brothers, who in 1929 bought the production and sales rights.

While innovation was clearly in the Toyoda blood, the money raised was not put to use in the weaving industry. Instead, Sakichi gave the proceeds from the sale to his son, Kiichiro, to develop automotive technology at Toyoda.

It proved a wise decision as in 1936 the company produced its first ever passenger car, the Model AA. One year later the ‘d’ was changed to a ‘t’ and the Toyota Motor Company was born.

Toyota’s first production of cars outside of Japan began in 1959 in Brazil, but now the group produces Toyota and Lexus vehicles around the world.

In designs of early Toyota models, it is easy to see how the company was able to produce vehicles that closely resembled hugely popular cars in the western market. For instance, the Toyopet Model SD (Morris Minor) and the Toyota Crown Eight (the Ford Cortina).

Toyota teams have participated in Japanese races such as the Formula NIPPON, as well as international rallies and endurance races such as the World Rally Championship and the 24-hours Le Mans. Toyota has also competed in top international formula car races such as CART, Indy Car Series and Formula One.

In 2002, Toyota entered the Formula One World Championship for the first time, achieving a creditable sixth place in the opening Australian Grand Prix.

Toyota has been one of the pioneers of hybrid technology. The company began working on hybrid cars back in 1997 and there are now over 15 million drivers worldwide benefiting from Toyota’s innovation.

Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris was the successor to the Starlet supermini which until then was Toyota’s most popular small car. The Yaris, which was more modern in appearance than the Starlet, made its debut at the 1998 Paris Motor Show and was launched in the European market a year later.

While the Yaris was an ideal small car for urban driving and parking, Toyota saw the potential to make it ‘sportier’ and appeal to those increasingly looking for a ‘hot hatch’. Hence in 2001 Toyota unveiled the Yaris T Sport hatchback. It certainly caught the eye, being quicker from 0-60mph than many 1.6-litre hot hatches – and faster in the 40-60mph mid-range than any comparable car in its class.

Toyota continues to produce sporty versions of the Yaris to this day. One of the latest is the GR Yaris, with its all-wheel drive system and three-cylinder 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine. There is a lot of power under the bonnet of what remains a small and lightweight chassis. If you want a car like the GR Yaris that is quick off the blocks, you will pay more in your car insurance premiums.

The average premium for the GR Yaris Circuit is £797*.

Toyota Corolla

The first-generation Toyota Corolla was produced in 1966, and in 2019 Toyota launched the 12th generation Corolla.

The Corolla name was reinstated with Toyota offering drivers three model types: hatchback, touring sports and saloon.

Toyota Corolla car insurance premiums can vary widely depending on the model you purchase. For instance, the average premium on the Corolla Hybrid Excel VVT-I comes in at £544*. However, more powerful and higher specification models are likely to cost more.

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius’s claim to fame is that it was the world’s first mass-produced petrol-electric hybrid vehicle. Launched in 1997, the Prius had massive appeal as a practical, low-emission family car.

Over the years, Toyota has improved both performance and efficiency in its generational upgrades. The fourth-generation Toyota Prius made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and the first customer deliveries for the European market commenced in March 2016.

Prius car insurance premiums can vary depending on the specific model you choose. As an example, the Prius Business Edition HSD 122 has an average premium of £694*.

Toyota RAV4

On its launch in 1994, the Toyota RAV4 (the name is derived from Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive) laid down a marker in the compact sports utility vehicle segment. The model bridged a gap between traditional off-road and regular passenger vehicles.

The fifth generation RAV4 was launched in Europe in 2019 and was presented for the first time in this market as an all-hybrid model.

Total sales figures for the Toyota RAV4 passed 10 million at the end of February 2020. This was over a 26-year period and five model generations.

The car insurance premium you will pay for your Toyota RAV4 will depend on the specific model you choose. As an example, the average premium for the RAV4 Hybrid Excel TSS 4WD is £563*.

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