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Best Cars to Lease Right Now

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






3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

The key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:

Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted Network

Select the vehicle you're interested in to see if there are local dealers in my network who will provide you with their best upfront price. You will get direct access to an internet sales manager who you can further negotiate with online (no need to visit dealership).
Select Vehicle to Get Local Pricing

Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

TrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.

Step 3 Complete my Checklist

Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
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About The Author

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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