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Top 10 Lease Deals with the Lowest Monthly Payment

March 8, 2012

Car leasing has become more popular lately, with around 20% of all car shoppers now leasing - double the number from just a couple of years ago.

Used car prices have also been rising, which makes leasing more affordable - being that depreciation is the largest expense. Of course, not everyone should lease.

It only makes sense if you know for sure you'll be wanting a new car within the next 3 years. You also need to drive less than 15,000 miles per year and should have excellent credit.

One of the main benefits of leasing is a lower monthly payment. Some consumers just want a reliable vehicle with the latest safety features and technology. If you're in this camp, you'll like the following list I've put together.

It's the top 10 lease deals with the lowest monthly payments. All the figures have been calculated with $0 down payment. You will, however, have to add tax, title, and doc fees on top of this, which will add about $30 to $50 extra to the monthly payment for a 36 month lease.

VehicleMSRPTermMonthly Payment
2012 Chevrolet Cruze w/MZO/2LS$17,595.00 39 $196
2012 Volkswagen Jetta$17,415.00 36$210
2012 Nissan Sentra$19,230.00 39 $216
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS$18,590.00 24$224
2012 Honda Civic HF AT$20,225.00 36 $230
2012 Chevrolet Malibu w/1LS$22,870.00 24 $237
2012 Mazda3 I Automatic Sedan$19,550.00 42$257
2012 Volkswagen 2.5L S Passat$23,460.00 36$268
2012 Toyota Camry $23,925.00 36$273
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT$24,820.00 36$293

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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