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Cars With the Lowest Lease Payments

September 13, 2012

This week, I took a look at most of the lease deals currently available in the market to see which vehicles offer the cheapest monthly payments.

Most of the lease deals are advertised with some sort of down payment (which makes the monthly payment seem smaller). However, it's difficult to compare lease deals when each one has a different down payment, so I calculated each one with $0 down, making it an apples to apples comparison.

Please note that "cheapest" lease payment doesn't mean it's the best bang-for-your-buck deal. I just wanted to see which ones were most affordable, and the reality is that most car buyers have a monthly payment in mind when buying or leasing.

In order to get the best lease deal, I recommend you first try the free CarWoo Deal Finder.

Cars With the Cheapest Lease Payments

Vehicle MSRPPayment w $0 DownTerm
2012 Volkswagen Jetta S$17,415 $210 36
2012 Subaru Impreza$17,495 $212 42
2012 Chevy Cruze w/2LS AT$18,590 $214 24
2012 Honda Civic Sedan$19,595 $220 36
2012 Kia Rio LX 1.6L$15,450 $22036
2012 Toyota Corolla$18,895 $222 36
2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR$19,420 $226 39
2012 Mazda3 I Touring$19,550 $235 36
2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS$18,470 $238 36
2013 Subaru Legacy$20,295 $242 42
2012 Honda Accord Sedan LX$23,070 $249 36
2013 Mazda6 I Sport AT$21,725 $255 36
2012 Vokswagen Passat S$23,460 $259 36
2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4L$21,975 26036
2012 Toyota Camry LE$24,025 $263 36
2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS$21,670 $269 36
2012 Subaru Forester$21,295 $269 42
2012 Chevy Equinox 2WD LS$24,355 $271 24
2012 Toyota RAV4$25,270 $276 36
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid$26,625 $309 36
2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S$23,555 $310 24
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata$23,470 $316 24
2013 Volkswagen CC Sport$32,535 $321 36

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise 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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