Honda and its dealers continue to heavily promote its Happy Honda Days Sales Event, which runs until January 6, 2013 and comes with great options to get into a new car. We looked at the best Honda deals in Southern California and this is what we found.
Best Honda Lease Deals
It's still a great time to lease a new Honda before the end of the year, since we're seeing many excellent Honda lease specials on a variety of 2013 and 2014 models. Many popular models offer monthly lease payments under $200. These are some of the best 36-month lease deals we found for buyers with great to excellent credit:
- 2013 Civic: The most popular Sedan version leases for $159/month with $1,999 due at signing. If you're interested in the Coupe, monthly payments go up to $169/month with $2,199 down.
- 2013 Accord: Honda's top-of-the-line Sedan can be leased for $199/month and $1,999 down, with the same monthly payments for the Coupe version but $2,999 due at signing.
- 2014 CR-V: You can get into a brand new CR-V for $239/month and $1,999 due at signing - an especially good deal considering it's the latest model year.
- 2014 Odyssey: Although we're not fans of the relatively high $2,999 due at signing, you can lease the latest model-year Odyssey for $269/month.
- 2013 Pilot: Honda's best-equipped offering when it comes to SUVs can be leased for $269/month and $2,499 down.
- 2013 Fit: The Fit is due for an entire redesign in the 2015 model-year, so if you need a Fit and don't want the commitment of purchasing, leasing is a great option. It currently goes for $149/month and $1,999 due at signing.
- 2013 Crosstour: Granted, not one of Honda's most popular models, this crossover can be leased for $249/month and $1,999 down.
Now, if you're looking for an electric and alternative fuel car, Honda has some of the strongest options in the segment:
- 2014 Accord Plug-In: This eco-friendly sedan with CVT transmission can be leased for $419/month and $3,299, a relatively good deal considering that this segment of vehicles tends to command higher prices.
- 2013 Fit EV: Our favorite for quite some time, we consider the Fit EV to be one of the best, if not the best, entry-level electric vehicle. Only available as a lease, Honda recently dropped its price to compete with the Nissan Leaf. It can now be leased for $259 per month and only $259 due at signing.
Overall, December is still a great month to shop for Honda lease deals. Our favorite picks are the 2013 Civic Sedan, 2013 Accord Sedan, 2014 CR-V and 2013 Fit EV: the first three being popular vehicles at great price points, while the last being among our top picks for electric lease deals.
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Best Honda Deals and Financing Incentives
Honda financing rates remain very competitive into December, with most models offering 0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months (based on great to excellent credit). The 2013 Pilot offers even more generous financing terms at 0.9% APR for 24 to 60 months and 1.9% beyond 61 months.
Aside from the low financing rates, we're not seeing any special cash incentives and rebates this month. This is quite typical of Honda, considering the fact that they tend to price their vehicles very competitively and offer many financing and lease options. We don't expect significant cash rebates in the near future.
However, if you're a College Graduate or in the Military, you can qualify for a $500 cash bonus until December 31, 2013 - so there is some Holiday Cheer after all. Be sure to ask your CarsDirect Vehicle Specialist or friendly Dealer about this cash incentive, if you qualify. In both cases, the vehicle must be financed or leased, and this special cash bonus cannot be combined with any Zero Due at Signing Lease program.
Why Buy a New Honda
Honda cars have been a favorite among American shoppers for decades. Known for their reliability and ease-of-maintenance, a new Honda car is probably one of the most practical decisions a cost-conscious shopper can make. Ultimately, when buying a Honda, you're buying peace of mind and certainty: certainty that the car will have a long lifespan, and that service appointments and repairs won't make a dent in your bank account.
Although Honda generally does not seek to disrupt in the looks department, unlike a Mazda or Scion, its more subtle design philosophy delivers vehicles that are more timeless: the Civic being a perfect example of restrained, some would call it "just right", design evolution. While we can't say a Honda is a car to impress your peers, it strikes a perfect balance between looks, quality and affordability.
When it comes to servicing a Honda, buying parts or accessories, there is a hugely competitive market with multiple price points and options to suit any budget. In this sense, we consider it to be one of the most versatile Makes. For example, there are many online communities and forums where you can get excellent advice.
Buying a new Honda is also a wise investment, since many older model years continue to be in high demand due to their reliability, and thus sustain very good prices in the used car market. Just look at the many Used Honda cars for sale in your area.
Not sure about buying a Honda? If you're still shopping around, we recommend you check out our Best New Car Deals section, which provides the latest deals in your area.