Best Green Car Deals: July 2016

By

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.

Follow On: Google+ | Website

, Senior Pricing Analyst - July 8, 2016

Looking to upgrade your aging car to something more fuel-efficient with the latest technology? Green car deals in July help make it a great time to buy— if you know where to look.

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.

Deals assume a Southern California location.

Last updated 4:05pm Friday, July 7

Top Hybrid Car Deals This Month

Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Best Deal: Lease from $199 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 10,500 miles/year
  • MSRP: $27,350
  • Expires: October 3, 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 $3,300 in lease discounts— considerably more than competitors.

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

  • Best Deal: Lease from $219 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $25,260
  • Expires: August 1, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 54/50/52

Offers on the 2016 Prius get some modest improvements in July. Cashback stands at $1,500, although shoppers can opt for 0% financing for 60 months or a new 72-month offer starting at 0.9%.

Leases get a $10 cut in payment this month, making this the best lease we’ve seen to date on the Prius Two. While the selection overall is outstanding, shoppers should be aware that the 56 mpg Prius Two Eco has been incredibly hard to find.

Key selling points: All-new design, legendary brand reputation, improved ride quality over its predecessor, class-leading efficiency up to 56 mpg, 2 years complimentary maintenance plus free roadside assistance. Get your custom quote »

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Best Deal: Up to $3,500 cashback
  • MSRP: From $26,835
  • Expires: August 1, 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 »

Back to top of page

Top Plug-in Hybrid Car Deals This Month

Ford Fusion Energi
  • Best Deal: Lease for $199 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 10,500 miles/year
  • MSRP: $34,775
  • Expires: October 3, 2016
  • MPGe (Combined): 88
  • Estimated Range: 20 miles (EV), 550 total

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

This month’s lease on the Fusion Energi SE is largely the same as before. Although the payment has increased $10, the car continues to be a stellar value when you lease.

In fact, it has the same effective lease cost as a standard gas Fusion despite a difference in MSRP of over $9,000. Now that the 2017 model is arriving at dealers, expect the 2016 model to become increasingly difficult to find from here on.

If you prefer to buy, you’ll enjoy up to $4,000 in discounts on top of 0% financing for 60 months. There’s even a $1,000 conquest bonus for Prius and Volt owners.

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

BMW 330e
  • Best Deal: Lease for $319 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $4,244
  • Mileage: 10,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $44,650
  • Expires: August 1, 2016
  • MPGe (Combined): 72
  • Estimated Range: 14 miles (EV), 350 total

*Other Incentives: $4,001 Federal Tax Credit

It’s not cheap, but we know a good deal when we see one. This month’s payment and amount at signing have both been cut a whopping $80 thanks to a spike in discounts. That’s an unbelievable amount month over month. Don’t expect this deal to last forever.

Key selling points: Uses technology inspired by the much more expensive i8, offers a rare mix of sporty performance and efficiency. Get your custom quote »

Back to top of page

Top Battery Electric Car Deals This Month

Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Best Deal: Lease for $139 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $0
  • Mileage: 10,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $25,995
  • Expires: August 1, 2016
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 128/109/119
  • Estimated Range: 82 miles

*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. This month’s lease is largely a carryover, except that the term has been shorted from 39 months to 36. As before, the deal is only available in CA, OR and MD— the only places where the car is sold.

For July, GM has extended a flat 20% discount offer on select inventory. Considering this may equate to more than $5,000 off MSRP on the baseline 1LT model, it may be worth shopping around so you can find an eligible unit.

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: September 6, 2016
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 120/92/105
  • Estimated Range: 93 mi

*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 on this model. 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: August 1, 2016
  • MPGe (Combined): 106
  • Estimated Range: 53 mi (EV), 420 (total)

*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. 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.

New this month is a Summer Sell-Down Bonus Tag event offering a 20% discount off MSRP on select inventory. Be sure to shop around— you may find an eligible unit with as much as $7,946 in savings.

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: August 1, 2016
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 124/101/112
  • Estimated Range: 84 mi

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

Last month’s lease on the 24 kWh Nissan LEAF S carries over unchanged. We’re pretty happy with this offer after Nissan cut the payment by $10 back in May and lowered the amount at signing by $400. Expect availability to be considerably better than most competitors since sales aren’t limited to merely a handful of states.

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 »

Back to top of page

Top Diesel Car Deals This Month

GMC Canyon
  • Best Deal: 0% APR + $2,250 in offers
  • MSRP: From $35,135
  • Expires: June 30, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 22/31/25

It’s a pretty incredible time to buy a Canyon. First, there’s a new $750 bonus this month. Second, last month’s $1,500 conquest bonus for non-GM customers has been renewed.

That’s up to $2,250 in available cashback. Oh, we almost forgot— you can also take 0% APR for 60 months. You won’t find offers this good on the Chevy Colorado.

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 »

Back to top of page

Top Fuel-Efficient Gas Car Deals This Month

Scion ia
  • Best Deal: 0% APR + $750 bonus
  • MSRP: From $17,595 w/6-spd auto
  • Expires: August 1, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 33/42/37

Offers on the iA continue to impress ahead of the Scion brand’s shuttering later this year. Although the model will live on as the Yaris iA, there’s no guarantee that we’ll see the same kind of deals.

Well-qualified shoppers can take 0% APR financing for up to 60 months plus a $750 bonus. If you’d rather not finance, you can opt for $750 cashback. If you’d prefer to lease, the iA ranks as one of the cheapest lease deals this month, starting at $149 for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing.

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 »

Mitsubishi Mirage G4
  • Best Deal: 0% APR + $750 bonus
  • MSRP: From $16,030 w/CVT
  • Expires: August 1, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 35/42/37

The Mirage G4 may be a new model, but Mitsubishi is wasting no time when it comes to deals. You can now get 0% APR for 48 months plus a $750 bonus.

Key selling points: Updated connectivity, segment-leading fuel economy, sedan variant of the frugal Mirage hatchback. Get your custom quote »

Ford Fiesta
  • Best Deal: 0% APR + $1,000 bonus
  • MSRP: From $14,965 w/5-spd manual
  • Expires: October 3, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 28/36/31

The Fiesta ranks as a stellar deal if you’re able to find an eligible car in stock at your local dealer. This month’s Smart Bonus offers a $1,000 bonus on the oldest inventory on top of 0% financing for 72 months. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a deal this good on a competitor.

Key selling points: Available SYNC3 connectivity, nice steering feel, choice of hatchback and sedan variants. Get your custom quote »

Chevrolet Sonic
  • Best Deal: 20% Discount off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $15,220 w/5-spd manual
  • Expires: August 1, 2016
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 26/35/30

The GM has extended a 20% discount offer through July on all versions of the Sonic. In most cases, this will equate to as much as $3,000 off MSRP. But there’s a catch— only select inventory is eligible for the promotion. Be sure to shop around so you can find a qualifying unit in stock.

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

Back to top of page

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
$245 2016 Toyota Prius c One $189 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$255 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE Tech Pkg $199 36 10.5k $1,999 Get Details
$255 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 200A $199 36 10.5k $1,999 Get Details
$259 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid LX Automatic $259 36 12k $0 Get Details
$275 2016 Toyota Prius Two $219 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$285 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Hybrid $229 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$310 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base (Conquest) $249 36 12k $2,199 Get Details
$315 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Hybrid $259 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$315 2016 Toyota Prius v Two $259 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$327 2016 Lexus CT 200h Base $299 36 10k $999 Get Details
$329 2016 Lexus CT 200h Base $329 36 10k $0 Get Details
$335 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD $279 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$338 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base $249 36 12k $3,199 Get Details
$356 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve w/Moonroof $279 36 10.5k $2,779 Get Details
$402 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve w/Moonroof $319 36 10.5k $2,994 Get Details
$435 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium $379 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$482 2016 Lexus ES 300h Premium $399 36 10k $2,999 Get Details
$489 2016 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Premium $379 39 10k $4,299 Get Details
$563 2016 Lexus NX 300h Navigation $449 36 10k $4,099 Get Details
$670 2016 Lexus RX 450h Base AWD $559 36 10k $3,999 Get Details

Back to top of page

All Plug-in Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing Link
$255 2016 Ford Fusion Energi SE $199 36 10.5k $1,999 Get Details
$255 2016 Ford C-Max Energi SEL 300A $199 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
$437 2016 BMW 330e Base Sedan $319 36 10k $4,244 Get Details
$464 2016 Audi A3 e-tron 1.4T Premium $389 36 10k $2,683 Get Details
$728 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e $589 36 10k $5,014 Get Details
$972 2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid T8 AWD Momentum $845 39 10k $4,945 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

Back to top of page

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 36 10k $0 Get Details
$225 2016 Kia Soul EV EVe (CA) $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 Kia Soul EV EV (CA) $199 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$255 2016 Nissan LEAF S (24 kWh) $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
$285 2016 Kia Soul EV EV+ (CA) $229 36 12k $1,999 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
$355 2016 BMW i3 Base $239 36 10k $4,164 Get Details
$364 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- National (Current GM lessees) $299 39 15k $2,529 Get Details
$377 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- National $299 39 15k $3,029 Get Details
$386 2016 BMW i3 Base w/Range Extender $269 36 10k $4,194 Get Details
$464 2016 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Base $349 36 10k $4,143 Get Details
$844 2016 Tesla Model S 60 $667 36 10k $6,362 Get Details
$921 2016 Tesla Model S 60D $742 36 10k $6,437 Get Details
$1,056 2016 Tesla Model S 75 $874 36 10k $6,569 Get Details
$1,139 2016 Tesla Model S 75D $954 36 10k $6,649 Get Details
$1,196 2016 Tesla Model X 75D AWD $1,010 36 10k $6,705 Get Details
$1,205 2016 Tesla Model S 90D $991 36 10k $7,686 Get Details
$1,403 2016 Tesla Model X 90D $1,211 36 10k $6,906 Get Details
$1,634 2016 Tesla Model S P90D $1,436 36 10k $7,131 Get Details
$1,734 2016 Tesla Model X P90D $1,533 36 10k $7,228 Get Details

Back to top of page

All Diesel Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing Link
$468 2016 BMW 328d i Sedan $349 36 10k $4,274 Get Details
$509 2016 BMW X3 xDrive28d $389 36 10k $4,314 Get Details
$529 2016 BMW 328d xDrive SportsWagon $409 36 10k $4,334 Get Details
$550 2017 BMW X3 xDrive28d $429 36 10k $4,354 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

Back to top of page

, 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.

Follow On: Google+ | Website