Best New Car Lease Deals: April 2015

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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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April is off to a fast start and we’re seeing outstanding deals for lease shoppers. The Volkswagen Tiguan continues to offer the best deal out there on a crossover SUV. Offers on the Pilot continue to be excellent as Honda clears the way for a redesign this summer. We’re also impressed by deals on fun-to-drive cars like the Mazda Mazda6, Lexus IS 250, and Infiniti Q40. You don’t have to go hunting for the best lease deals- we’ve found them and they’re right here.

Our Picks for April 2015

Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Monthly Payment: $179
  • Term: 36 months
  • Mileage: 12k
  • Due at Signing: $2,499
  • MSRP: $27,120
  • Expires: April 30, 2015

With a low $179 payment and $2,499 due at signing, the Tiguan is almost priced like a small car. VW has improved the lease at least twice this year and we think this is about as good as it’s going to get. We like the Tiguan because it offers a more premium feel than most competitors for the money. We also like that it has the heart of a GTI under the hood with its 2-liter turbo engine. Get a custom lease quote on a Volkswagen Tiguan »

Honda Pilot
  • Monthly Payment: $269
  • Term: 36 months
  • Mileage: 12k
  • Due at Signing: $2,399
  • MSRP: $35,400
  • Expires: May 11, 2015

A big clearance event is on to make way for a redesigned Pilot due later this summer. Honda has a less expensive lease on the LX ($259 with $2,199 down), but leasing the SE gets you a vehicle with an MSRP that’s $4,650 higher for only $10 more per month and $200 extra due at signing. If you want more bang for your buck, the Pilot SE is your best bet. Get a custom lease quote on a Honda Pilot »

Chevrolet Malibu
  • Monthly Payment: $179
  • Term: 39 months
  • Mileage: 10k
  • Due at Signing: $2,469
  • MSRP: $24,560
  • Expires: April 30, 2015

Did you know the Malibu LT gets better fuel economy than a Honda Accord LX or Toyota Camry LE? Not sure about dependability? J.D. Power awarded the Malibu “Most Dependable Car” and “Highest Ranked Midsize Car in Initial Quality”. We also like the smaller Chevy Cruze, but the fact is that the lease on the Malibu offers a superior deal for the money. Get a custom lease quote on a Chevrolet Malibu »

Nissan Altima
  • Monthly Payment: $189
  • Term: 36 months
  • Mileage: 12k
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • MSRP: $24,125
  • Expires: April 30, 2015

Nissan cut rebates on the Altima by $750 this month. Fortunately, last month’s $189 lease deal continues into April. Most shoppers don’t know that the Altima gets class-leading fuel economy as good as 38 mpg on the highway, comparable to tiny cars like the Honda Fit but with more passenger room. Get a custom lease quote on a Nissan Altima »

Lexus GS 350
  • Monthly Payment: $449
  • Term: 36 months
  • Mileage: 10k
  • Due at Signing: $2,799
  • MSRP: $54,680
  • Expires: May 4, 2015

With an improved lease discount of $2,300, it’s no surprise the GS 350 is one of the best leases again this month. It might have an understated design but make no mistake- the GS is an outstanding car with plush features and sporty handling. The GS proves you can get a well-equipped luxury car for less than competitors without sacrificing reliability and craftsmanship. Get a custom lease quote on a Lexus GS 350 »

Mazda Mazda6
  • Monthly Payment: $189
  • Term: 36 months
  • Mileage: 10k
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • MSRP: $23,715
  • Expires: April 30, 2015

The Mazda6 continues to earn praise for its fun-to-drive character. It’s not just sporty- Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology means it’s efficient with up to 37 mpg. Last month’s $0 at signing deal is gone, but that results in a traditional lease with a lower monthly payment of only $189. Get a custom lease quote on a Mazda Mazda6 »

Infiniti Q50
  • Monthly Payment: $309
  • Term: 39 months
  • Mileage: 10k
  • Due at Signing: $3,499
  • MSRP: $40,905
  • Expires: June 30, 2015

It may have an MSRP over $40,905 but a $309 payment makes the Q50 one of the best deals out there on a luxury car. Unadvertised incentives worth up to $3,500 make it a consistently good car to lease. It comes with the latest features, too- customizable steering, dual LCD screens and built-in apps. Don’t worry, the Q50 is no slouch in terms of performance with a 328-hp V6 engine and 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds. Get a custom lease quote on an Infiniti Q50 leases »

Chevrolet Traverse
  • Monthly Payment: $279
  • Term: 39 months
  • Mileage: 10k
  • Due at Signing: $2,959
  • MSRP: $34,670
  • Expires: April 30, 2015

This month’s $279 per month lease on the Traverse is an excellent choice for shoppers looking for a sharp-looking and capable midsize crossover. Our editors like that the Traverse offers seating for up to 8 passengers and has cargo volume rivaling some minivans. There’s good news for current GM lessees- you can lower the amount due at signing by $500 thanks to a loyalty discount. Get a custom lease quote on a Chevrolet Traverse »

Lexus IS 250
  • Monthly Payment: $349
  • Term: 36 months
  • Mileage: 10k
  • Due at Signing: $1,099
  • MSRP: $38,159
  • Expires: May 4, 2015

The amount due at signing may have crept up by $100 this month but the IS 250 is still one of our top lease picks. The $349 monthly payment is surprisingly reasonable given the small amount due at signing. Few competitors have a deal as good as this on a car with an MSRP over $38,000. This month’s deal proves it doesn’t take a fortune to get behind the wheel of a sporty luxury sedan. Get a custom lease quote on a Lexus IS 250 »

Infiniti Q40
  • Monthly Payment: $279
  • Term: 39 months
  • Mileage: 10k
  • Due at Signing: $3,999
  • MSRP: $38,755
  • Expires: June 30, 2015

The Q40 offers a good alternative for shoppers not ready to step up to the more expensive Q50. The $279 monthly payment is almost as low as that of a midsize car. The $3,999 amount due at signing may seem like a lot (and it is), but you get a lot for a car with an MSRP of $38,755. Few competitors have such a low-priced option in the luxury segment. Get a custom lease quote on an Infiniti Q40 »

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Offers listed here are based on a resident in Southern California. Lease offers are based on top-tier credit and exclude tax, license, title, registration, document fees and insurance. Please check with your dealer partner for complete offer 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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