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Worst Cars to Lease Right Now

On this web site, I usually highlight the best deals available, but it's also important to know which models to avoid. That's why this week I compiled advertised lease deals from around the country to find out which vehicles and locations offer the worst "bang for your buck" lease deals.

The 2021 Mercedes CLS now stands out as the worst advertised bang for your buck deal in the country this month - $1,327 per month with zero down on a vehicle with MSRP of $76,150. That's equivalent to getting only $57 worth of MSRP for each dollar you pay per month. The best lease deals will give you more than twice the bang for the buck.

Each lease deal below is calculated with zero down payment, 36 month 12K annual miles (10K for luxury vehicles) so you can compare apples to apples. Note that payments don't include tax, title, and other fees and the deals may only be available in that particular region.

If you want good lease deals, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to quickly get an idea of what you should be paying.

Worst Bang for Buck Lease Deals ($0 Down)

Rank Vehicle MSRP Monthly Payment $0 Down Bang for Buck Local Deals
1 2021 Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC $76,150 $1,327 57
2 2022 Ford Escape SEL $32,230 $552 58
3 2022 Ford Mustang Premium Fastback $33,890 $589 58
4 2022 Mercedes S-Class S 500 4MATIC $112,150 $1,874 60
5 2021 Mercedes GLS 450 $77,050 $1,286 60
6 2022 Nissan Sentra SV $22,380 $375 60
7 2021 Fiat 500X Trekking $28,905 $480 60
8 2022 BMW X6 M $114,695 $1,877 61
9 2022 BMW X6 M50i $91,245 $1,496 61
10 2022 BMW X5 M $111,395 $1,825 61
11 2022 BMW X7 M50i $102,095 $1,668 61
12 2022 BMW X5 M50i $87,695 $1,439 61
13 2021 Mercedes GLE 450 4MATIC $65,350 $1,074 61
14 2022 Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend $31,875 $518 62
15 2022 Hyundai Elantra $25,195 $404 62
16 2022 Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC $76,300 $1,233 62
17 2021 Mercedes AMG GT 43 4-door $90,950 $1,467 62
18 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country B6 Cross Country $57,990 $937 62
19 2022 Nissan Altima S () $26,495 $419 63
20 2022 Lincoln Aviator Black Label Grand Touring $89,425 $1,419 63
21 2022 Mercedes GLC Coupe AMG 43 $67,550 $1,075 63
22 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES 1.5T S-AWC $27,285 $433 63
23 2022 Porsche Panamera $102,770 $1,620 63
24 2022 BMW M4 $76,145 $1,200 63
25 2022 Nissan Rogue S () $30,480 $482 63
26 2022 Nissan Armada SV $57,975 $931 63
27 2022 BMW X2 xDrive28i $42,895 $675 64
28 2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label L $111,375 $1,743 64
29 2022 Nissan Murano S $35,080 $548 64
30 2023 BMW X2 xDrive28i $44,295 $695 64
31 2022 Ford Escape Titanium $36,590 $577 64
32 2022 Toyota Avalon XLE $38,400 $596 64
33 2022 BMW M3 $74,495 $1,156 64
34 2022 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring $53,005 $821 64
35 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport S $28,060 $441 64
36 2022 BMW X1 xDrive28i $41,695 $658 64
37 2022 BMW M8 Competition $143,295 $2,245 64
38 2022 Porsche Macan $63,850 $981 65
39 2022 Hyundai Veloster N Standard $35,095 $539 65
40 2022 Volvo S90 Recharge Inscription Range $63,790 $986 65
41 2022 Mercedes GLS 450 $78,900 $1,221 65
42 2022 Nissan Maxima SV $39,500 $610 65
43 2022 Audi A3 40 Premium Front-Wheel Drive $37,795 $563 65
44 2022 Audi A5 45 Premium $55,095 $853 65
45 2022 BMW X4 M $79,195 $1,222 65
46 2022 BMW X4 xDrive30i $54,795 $852 65
47 2022 BMW X3 M $77,095 $1,191 65
48 2022 Hyundai Kona N $35,495 $543 65
49 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic S $55,265 $839 66
50 2023 BMW 8 Series M850i xDrive $112,845 $1,707 66
51 2023 BMW 4 Series 430i xDrive Gran Coupe $50,720 $776 66
52 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L $42,198 $635 66
53 2022 Genesis GV80 2.5T Advanced $61,845 $939 66
54 2022 Mercedes GLC 300 4MATIC $47,525 $716 66
55 2022 Mercedes GLE 450 4MATIC $66,375 $1,008 66
56 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES 1.5T S-AWC $26,780 $403 66
57 2022 Porsche Cayenne $79,910 $1,220 66
58 2022 Subaru BRZ Premium $28,990 $436 66
59 2022 BMW M5 $110,545 $1,664 66
60 2022 Ford Ranger Lariat $35,565 $539 66
61 2022 Hyundai Elantra N $33,245 $499 67
62 2022 Mercedes C-Class C 300 4MATIC $46,600 $696 67
63 2022 Mercedes E-Class E 450 4MATIC $63,800 $952 67
64 2021 Mercedes E-Class E 450 4MATIC $63,050 $941 67
65 2022 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works $47,475 $705 67
66 2022 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works $48,700 $723 67
67 2022 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works $45,925 $684 67
68 2022 BMW X3 xDrive30i $49,895 $750 67
69 2022 BMW 4 Series i4 eDrive40 $59,670 $892 67
70 2022 Audi A4 45 S line Premium $43,095 $656 67
71 2022 Audi Q3 45 S line Premium $39,895 $605 67
72 2022 Acura TLX Tech $43,995 $652 67
73 2022 Volvo S60 B5 Momentum $42,595 $636 67
74 2022 BMW 8 Series M850i xDrive $111,145 $1,656 67
75 2022 Audi A5 Sportback 45 S line Premium $47,095 $713 67
76 2022 Audi Q8 55 Premium $71,995 $1,085 67
77 2022 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive $105,695 $1,577 67
78 2022 Hyundai Sonata $28,445 $425 67
79 2022 Audi A7 55 Premium $70,295 $1,039 68
80 2022 Audi A6 55 Premium $62,395 $901 68
81 2022 BMW Z4 M40i $65,245 $957 68
82 2022 BMW 3 Series M340i xDrive $59,445 $877 68
83 2022 Mercedes GLA AMG 35 $49,950 $733 68
84 2022 Mercedes CLA 250 $41,000 $602 68
85 2022 Mercedes A-Class A 220 4MATIC $37,500 $554 68
86 2022 Mercedes GLB AMG GLB 35 $51,875 $764 68
87 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 2.5 $27,950 $413 68
88 2022 Audi Q5 45 S line Premium $46,995 $709 68
89 2022 Volvo XC90 Recharge Inscription Expression Range $67,590 $996 68
90 2022 BMW 2 Series 228i xDrive Gran Coupe $40,895 $599 68
91 2022 Nissan Pathfinder S $38,410 $569 68
92 2022 Ford Expedition Limited MAX $70,055 $1,031 68
93 2022 Ford EcoSport S $23,335 $340 69
94 2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5 S Preferred Plus $33,165 $478 69
95 2022 Nissan TITAN S CC () $45,840 $666 69
96 2021 Mercedes GLB AMG GLB 35 $51,350 $741 69
97 2021 Mercedes GLC 300 4MATIC $46,885 $684 69
98 2022 Audi Q7 45 Premium All-Wheel Drive $58,695 $868 69
99 2021 Mercedes A-Class A 220 4MATIC $37,200 $543 69
100 2022 Acura RDX Tech $46,645 $680 69





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

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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

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