Best Green Car Deals: June 2016

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Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - June 7, 2016

Cheap gas prices continue to benefit new car shoppers looking to upgrade to a fuel-efficient car. Green car deals in June feature an array of attractive cashback, finance and lease deals on a wide variety of fuel-sipping models.

Don’t let high sticker prices fool you— discounts worth over $9,000 can help bring cars with some of the most advanced drivetrains within reach. We’ve even seen electric car deals cheaper than some utility bills.

We looked at hundreds of advertised offers and listed the best deals on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electrics, diesels and fuel-efficient gas cars below. Since these cars often benefit from special lease incentives, we’ve also listed every lease we track. Just use the links to the right to navigate.

Deals assume a Southern California location.

Top Hybrid Car Deals This Month

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Best Deal: Up to $3,500 Cash Back
  • MSRP: From $26,835
  • Expires: July 5, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 40/44/42

Once again, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ranks as our top deal on a hybrid thanks to $3,500 in available discounts. To get maximum savings, you’ll need to take the standard $2,500 bonus and be eligible for a $1,000 conquest incentive targeting owners of a competing vehicle. You won’t find a deal like that on a Toyota Camry Hybrid anytime soon.

Key selling points: Roomy cabin, available driver assistance tech, lifetime battery warranty. Get your custom quote »

  • Best Deal: $1,500 cash back
  • MSRP: From $25,035
  • Expires: July 5, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 54/50/52

Offers on the 2016 Toyota Prius continue to improve. Cashback now stands at $1,500 in most regions (up $500 from last month), although shoppers can choose to take 0% financing for 60 months instead.

Leases are unchanged following a $30 payment cut last month. You can lease a 2016 Prius Two from $229 for 36 months with $1,999 at signing (12,000 mi/yr). That’s the best deal we’ve seen since the car’s launch.

Key selling points: All-new design, legendary brand reputation, improved ride quality over its predecessor, class-leading efficiency up to 56 mpg. Get your custom quote »

Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Best Deal: Lease for $189 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 10,500 miles/year
  • MSRP: $27,350
  • Expires: July 5, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 44/41/42

The Fusion Hybrid continues to be a top deal when you lease. This month’s deal on the 2016 Fusion Hybrid SE with Tech Package benefits from $3,000 in lease discounts— considerably more than competitors.

Shoppers looking to buy can opt for 0% APR for 60 months plus a $2,500 cashback (or $3,500 if you qualify for a $1,000 bonus for being a current Prius or Chevy Volt owner).

Key selling points: Sleek design, exactly the same lease cost as a regular gas Fusion despite a higher sticker price. Get your custom quote »

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Top Plug-in Hybrid Car Deals This Month

Ford Fusion Energi
  • Best Deal: Lease for $189 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 10,500 miles/year
  • MSRP: $34,775
  • Expires: July 5, 2016
  • MPGe (Combined): 88

*Other Incentives: $4,007 Federal Tax Credit, $1,500 California Clean Air Rebate

Last month’s lease on the 2016 Ford Fusion SE carries over unchanged. Due to staggering lease discounts, the Fusion Energi has the same effective lease cost as a 2016 Fusion SE priced over $9,000 less on paper.

If you prefer to buy, there’s a whopping $4,000 rebate available plus 0% APR for 60 months. There’s also a $1,000 conquest bonus targeting current Prius and Chevy Volt owners, equating to $5,000 in potential savings with zero-interest financing.

Key selling points: 20 mi of electric driving (550 mi with the gas engine), unbelievably low cost to lease. Get your custom quote »

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Top Battery Electric Car Deals This Month

Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Best Deal: Lease for $139 for 39 months
  • Due at Signing: $0
  • Mileage: 10,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $25,995
  • Expires: June 30, 2016
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 128/109/119

*Other Incentives: $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, $2,500 California Clean Air Rebate

Once again, the Spark EV is top-dog when it comes to being the cheapest lease on an electric car. The catch is that the deal is only available in CA, OR and MD— the only places where the car is sold.

While that’s certainly tough to beat, the car is included in an unusual purchase promotion running through June 15. GM is offering buyers a flat 20% discount off MSRP in lieu of normal offers, which equates to more than a $5,000 discount on the baseline 1LT model.

Key selling points: 82 mi range, great way to try EV driving at a minimum cost, cheaper than some cable television packages. Get your custom quote »

Kia Soul EV
  • Best Deal: Lease for $169 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $32,800
  • Expires: July 5, 2016
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 120/92/105

*Other Incentives: $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, $2,500 California Clean Air Rebate

Last month’s lease on the Kia Soul EVe continues unchanged. With a $30 payment advantage over the Nissan LEAF S despite a much higher MSRP, the Kia ranks as a superior value.

Key selling points: 90 mi of range, standard DC Fast Charge port, lowest price we've seen. Get your custom quote »

Chevrolet Volt
  • Best Deal: Lease for $299 for 39 months
  • Due at Signing: $500
  • Mileage: 15,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $34,095
  • Expires: June 30, 2016
  • MPGe (Combined): 106

*Other Incentives: $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, $1,500 California Clean Air Rebate

The 2017 Volt carries on with a special lease in select regions starting at just $299 for 39 months with $500 due at signing. Shoppers currently leasing a competitor can even turn this into a zero-down lease with a $500 competitive lessee discount.

If you’re aiming to purchase, there’s a $1,000 discount available in select states. Like last month, there’s an additional $1,000 conquest discount being promoted through June 15, boosting potential savings to $2,000. The best deals are currently in: CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OR, RI and VT.

Outside those regions, the national lease is $299 for 39 months with $3,029 at signing, or $2,529 at signing with the $500 lease conquest bonus. The leases listed here include an impressive 15,000 mi/yr allowance— considerably more than competitors.

Key selling points: 53 mi of electric range (420 mi with the gas engine), flexibility that will satisfy the needs of a wide range of drivers. Get your custom quote »

Nissan LEAF
  • Best Deal: Lease for $199 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $29,860
  • Expires: July 5, 2016
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 124/101/112

*Other Incentives: $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, $2,500 California Clean Air Rebate

Last month’s lease on the Nissan LEAF S carries over with no changes. That’s not a bad thing, though— last month Nissan cut the payment by $10 and lowered the amount due at signing by $400. With much better availability across the country compared to most of its competitors, the LEAF continues to be a solid pick.

Key selling points: Proven design, 84 mi of range on the base model, class-leading 107 mi plus DC Fast Charge on the SV model. Get your custom quote »

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Top Diesel Car Deals This Month

GMC Canyon
  • Best Deal: $1,500 conquest bonus
  • MSRP: From $35,135
  • Expires: June 30, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 22/31/25

Through June 30, GM is offering an unusual conquest bonus on all versions of the Canyon truck. Although there aren’t any normal cashback incentives, shoppers will be able to cut $1,500 off the purchase price simply for coming from a non-GM brand. The Chevy Colorado Diesel gets a similar offer, but it’s only worth $750 and expires June 15.

Key selling points: Up to 369 lb-ft of torque and 7,700 lbs towing capability, superior deal compared to the Chevy Colorado this month. Get your custom quote »

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Top Fuel-Efficient Gas Car Deals This Month

Scion ia
  • Best Deal: 0% APR for 60 months
    +$750 cash bonus
  • MSRP: From $16,495 w/6-spd manual
  • Expires: July 5, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 33/42/37

Now that the Scion brand is set to be folded into Toyota’s lineup, the iA is beginning an early sell-down. Apart from 0% financing for 60 months, shoppers get a slightly larger rebate this month worth $750 (an increase of $250 compared to last month).

Leases are looking a bit better compared to what’s happening with the Toyota Corolla. Previously, both cars had the exact same lease cost, but a $20 payment hike on the 2016 Corolla S Plus has given an important price advantage to the Scion.

Key selling points: One of the most efficient in its class, sporty Mazda-derived handling, standard low-speed automatic braking system, touchscreen audio and alloy wheels. Get your custom quote »

Chevrolet Sonic
  • Best Deal: 20% Discount off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $15,220
  • Expires: June 15, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): Up to 29/40/33

The Sonic may not win any contests in terms of fuel economy, but a limited-time promotion may increase its appeal. Chevy is offering a flat 20% discount off MSRP in lieu of standard rebates.

In most cases, this will equate to a discount worth well over $3,000. This is an unusual promo without the caveat of only applying to certain cars in stock. Act fast, because the offer is set to expire June 15.

Key selling points: Peppy 1.4-liter turbo engine, low base price, both sedan and hatchback styles available. Get your custom quote »

Honda Fit
  • Best Deal: Lease for $159 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $17,525
  • Expires: July 5, 2016
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 33/41/36

Last month’s unusual lease deal on the Honda Fit continues unchanged. A lower money factor was introduced in May to help cut the payment by $20 and the amount at signing by $200. These continue to be rare deals, with a $0 due at signing option starting at $210 available as well. College grads can also opt for a limited-time finance offer of 0.9% APR for 60 months.

Key selling points: Consistently top-rated, surprising interior space with smart storage features like fold-up rear seats. Get your custom quote »

Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Best Deal: $2,500 Cash Back
  • MSRP: From $13,805 w/5-spd manual
  • Expires: July 5, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 37/44/40

Now that stock is finally whittling down, Mitsubishi has yet again cut cashback offers on the frugal 2015 Mirage. Rebates now stand at $2,500 (down from $3,500 a couple months ago). That being said, it still equates to an 18% discount off MSRP on certain styles— more than triple the amount offered on the updated 2017 Mirage.

Key selling points: Low base price breaks $12k with discounts, pure-bred commuter car. Get your custom quote »

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See this month's top discounts ranked by segment »

All Green Car Lease Deals Ranked By Effective Cost

Leases for many green cars are often heavily subsidized by manufacturers. As a result, shoppers can often find attractive offers.

If you aren't interested in one of our top picks ranked by value for the money, feel free to browse all leases we track for each type of vehicle, ranked by effective lease cost.

Unless specified otherwise, these offers exclude special incentives like college grad, conquest and loyalty discounts sometimes factored in dealer advertisements.

All Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing Link
$235 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 200A $179 36 10.5k $1,999 Get Details
$245 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE FWD Technology Package $189 36 10.5k $1,999 Get Details
$245 2016 Toyota Prius c One $189 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$261 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid LX Automatic $219 36 12k $1,499 Get Details
$285 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE $229 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$285 2016 Toyota Prius Two $229 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$310 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base (Conquest) $249 36 12k $2,199 Get Details
$315 2016 Toyota Prius v Two $259 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$332 2016 Lexus CT 200h Base $299 36 10k $1,199 Get Details
$338 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base $249 36 12k $3,199 Get Details
$339 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve w/Moonroof $249 36 10.5k $3,224 Get Details
$339 2016 Lexus CT 200h Base $339 36 10k $0 Get Details
$425 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium $369 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$481 2016 Lexus ES 300h Premium $389 36 10k $3,299 Get Details
$509 2016 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Premium $399 39 10k $4,299 Get Details
$566 2016 Lexus NX 300h Navigation $449 36 10k $4,199 Get Details
$670 2016 Lexus RX 450h Base AWD $559 36 10k $3,999 Get Details

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All Plug-in Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing Link
$235 2016 Ford C-Max Energi SEL 300A $179 36 10.5k $1,999 Get Details
$245 2016 Ford Fusion Energi SE $189 36 10.5k $1,999 Get Details
$350 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Base (Conquest) $289 36 12k $2,199 Get Details
$378 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Base $289 36 12k $3,199 Get Details
$464 2016 Audi A3 e-tron 1.4T Premium $389 36 10k $2,683 Get Details
$519 2016 BMW 330e Base Sedan $399 36 10k $4,324 Get Details
$759 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e $619 36 10k $5,044 Get Details
$1,027 2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid T8 AWD Momentum $899 39 10k $4,999 Get Details
$1,239 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Premium Sedan $1,049 36 10k $6,843 Get Details
$1,760 2016 BMW i8 Base $1,539 36 10k $7,964 Get Details

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All Battery Electric Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing Link
$139 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV 1LT (CA/OR/MD) $139 39 10k $0 Get Details
$225 2016 Kia Soul EV EVe $169 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$225 2016 Ford Focus Electric Base $169 36 10.5k $1,999 Get Details
$235 2016 FIAT 500e Base (CA, OR) $179 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$244 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SE $179 36 10k $2,349 Get Details
$255 2016 Nissan LEAF S $199 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$283 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Base $189 36 12k $3,388 Get Details
$283 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Base $189 36 12k $3,388 Get Details
$295 2015 BMW i3 Base $159 30 10k $4,084 Get Details
$299 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- Select States (Current GM lessees) $299 39 15k $0 Get Details
$299 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- Select States (Current Non-GM lessees) $299 39 15k $0 Get Details
$312 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- Select States $299 39 15k $500 Get Details
$326 2015 BMW i3 Base w/Range Extender $189 30 10k $4,114 Get Details
$364 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- National (Current GM lessees) $299 39 15k $2,529 Get Details
$375 2016 BMW i3 Base $259 36 10k $4,184 Get Details
$377 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- National $299 39 15k $3,029 Get Details
$406 2016 BMW i3 Base w/Range Extender $289 36 10k $4,214 Get Details
$464 2016 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Base $349 36 10k $4,143 Get Details
$1,007 2016 Tesla Model S 70 RWD $826 36 10k $6,521 Get Details
$1,196 2016 Tesla Model X 75D AWD $1,010 36 10k $6,705 Get Details

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All Diesel Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing Link
$499 2016 BMW 328d i Sedan $379 36 10k $4,304 Get Details
$560 2016 BMW 328d xDrive SportsWagon $439 36 10k $4,364 Get Details
$560 2016 BMW X3 xDrive28d $439 36 10k $4,364 Get Details
$560 2017 BMW X3 xDrive28d $439 36 10k $4,364 Get Details
$713 2016 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC Premium Sedan $569 36 10k $5,183 Get Details
$769 2016 BMW X5 xDrive35d $629 36 10k $5,054 Get Details

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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