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Best Cars to Lease Right Now

March 31, 2011

Best cars to leaseThe fundamental rule of thumb for car leasing is that vehicles with projected high resale values make the best lease vehicles.

That's because future resale value — called residual value in leasing — is one of the primary factors in determining monthly lease payments.

The higher the residual value, the lower the lease payment.

Any vehicle whose resale value after 3 years is 55% or more of its MSRP is a good lease choice.

Kelly Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards lists those expected to retain the highest percentage of original list price — which means they're a good choice for lease or purchase.

Highlights from the list:

Best Sub-CompactHonda Fit
Best CompactMINI Cooper
Best Mid-SizeHonda Accord
Best Full-SizeFord Taurus
Best WagonSubaru Outback
Best Sports CarSubaru Impreza WRX
Best High-Performance CarFord Mustang
Best Compact Utility VehicleHonda CR-V
Best Mid-Size Utility VehicleToyota FJ Cruiser
Best Full-Size Utility VehicleGMC Acadia
Best VanToyota Sienna
Best Luxury CarAudi A5
Best Full-Size PickupFord F-Series Super Duty


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