Best Green Car Deals in December

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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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, Senior Pricing Analyst - December 8, 2017

We’ve uncovered cheap leases in December on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and other fuel efficient cars starting at just $159/month. Some offer discounts worth as much as $18,100.

Plug-in buyers benefit from a number of incentives. In California, the DMV offers single-occupant use of the carpool lane. The Clean Vehicle Rebate also offers up to $4,500 in savings on EVs based on income.

Following months of delays, the CVRP has ended its waitlist and is now processing rebate applications. Be sure to factor the added savings if you’re considering an eligible vehicle.

Updated December 8

Best Electric Car Deals This Month

2017 Kia Soul
  • Best Deal: Lease from $159 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $33,145
  • Expires: January 2, 2018
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 120/92/105
  • Estimated Range: 93 miles

*Other Incentives: $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, $2,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate + HOV lane access in CA

Why it's a top pick: The Soul EV features the cheapest lease of any electric car. But there’s a catch. The deal is for the EV-e which is only available in California and is particularly hard to find in stock.

However, with an effective cost of just $215/month, the vehicle is actually $20 cheaper to lease than a regular gas Soul despite a $14,550 difference in MSRP.

Better-equipped styles feature some absurd discounts. For example, the range-topping “EV+” version features a whopping $18,100 in factory lease cash.

Where you can find this deal: This is a regional offer available in California. Get your custom quote»

Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • Best Deal: Lease from $303 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $0
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $37,495
  • Expires: January 2, 2018
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 128/110/119
  • Estimated Range: 238 miles

*Other Incentives: $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, $2,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate + HOV lane access in CA

Why it's a top pick:Like most Chevy models, the Bolt benefits from a promotion involving GM Employee Pricing. This enables the Bolt LT to actually be cheaper to lease than last month despite a $1,080 cut in lease cash.

With an effective cost of just $317/month, this represents an $11 improvement. Interestingly, our analysis indicates that’s just $11 more than the deal Chevy is offering on the 2018 Volt LT ($306).

Looking to lower your cost further? You can turn this into a zero-down lease with a $500 bonus if you or someone in your household is coming from a GM lease or that of a competitor.

Where you can find this deal: The featured deal can be found in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Elsewhere, the Bolt can be leased from $329 for 36 months with $2,799 at signing. Oddly, the national offer includes a more generous mileage allowance of 15,000 miles per year. Get your custom quote »

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Best Plug-in Hybrid Car Deals This Month

Optima plug in hybrid
  • Best Deal: Lease from $249 for 36 months
  • Due at signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: From $36,105
  • Expires: January 2, 2018
  • MPGe (Combined): 103
  • Estimated Range: 29 miles (EV), 610 total

*Other Incentives: $4,919 Federal Tax Credit, $1,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate + HOV lane access in CA

Why it's a top pick: The Optima Plug-In Premium features a whopping $12,249 in lease discounts, making it just $30/month more expensive to lease than a regular Optima Hybrid despite a $9,215 difference in MSRP.

With an effective cost of $305/month, it has a $73 advantage over the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In ($378). It also benefits from an electric driving range of 29 miles (vs. 27 in the Hyundai) and a total range of 610 miles (vs. 590).

Where you can find this deal: This is a regional offer available in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indianapolis, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, New England, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Get your custom quote »

Chevy Volt
  • Best Deal: Lease from $273 for 39 months
  • Due at signing: $500
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: From $34,095
  • Expires: January 2, 2018
  • MPGe (Combined): 106
  • Estimated Range: 53 miles (EV), 420 total

*Other Incentives: $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, $1,500 Clean Air Rebate + HOV lane access in CA

Why it's a top pick: The 2017 Volt LT benefits from a national Employee Pricing promotion, plus $6,080 in lease discounts in places like California. Its effective cost is now just $286/month (down from $288).

If you can believe it, that’s $3/month more than a Mitsubishi Mirage DE ($283) despite a price difference of $18,510. You can reduce your cost further with a $500 bonus for GM lessees or those of a competitor.

Where you can find this deal: The featured deal can be found in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Everywhere else, the advertised lease is $279 for 39 months with $2,619 at signing. Get your custom quote »

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Best Hybrid Car Deals This Month

Kia Optima Hybrid
  • Best Deal: $5,000 off MSRP
  • MSRP: $26,860
  • Expires: January 2, 2018
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 39/46/42

Why it's a top pick: The Optima Hybrid features $5,000 in factory discounts, the largest of any hybrid. Alternatively, Kia is offering 0% APR financing for up to 60 months plus $2,000 in factory bonus cash.

0% APR is nice, but our analysis shows you’d likely come out ahead by taking the cash. On a $26,000 car, a 5-year loan at 3% would equate to about $22,640 before taxes with the rebate.

Taking the 0% financing would equate to a cost of $24,000. That’s a difference of $1,360 in total cost between the two options.

Where you can find this deal: The $5,000 mentioned above factors in a $1,000 bonus for those in Western states like California. Elsewhere, the amount is $4,000. Get your custom quote »

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Top Diesel Car Deals This Month

2018 Chevrolet Equinox
  • Best Deal: $4,000 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $31,635
  • Expires: January 2, 2018
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 28/39/32

Why it's a top pick: Chevy is offering $4,000 off all versions of the 2018 Equinox LT, including the up to 39 mpg diesel. The discount works by giving you Employee Pricing plus an additional cash allowance.

This is arguably one of the best deals we’ve seen to date. The 5-passenger vehicle has an EPA-rated 477 miles of range, enough to meet the needs of almost any holiday road trip.

Where you can find this deal: This is a national offer available in all regions. Get your custom quote »

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Best Fuel-Efficient Gas

Toyota Yaris iA
  • Best Deal: $2,000 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $16,845 w/Manual
  • Expires: January 2, 2018
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 32/40/35

Why it's a top pick: It’s hard to top the Yaris iA when it comes to value. Few cars under $17,000 boast features like a low-speed collision system, rear backup camera, alloy wheels and peppy performance to boot. With dealer discounts and the rebate, expect to see the best prices in the $15,000 range.

However, while the car is great to buy, it’s a different story when leasing. Here in Los Angeles, the car is listed at $169 for 36 months with $1,999 at signing. Its effective cost is $225/month, the same as a 2017 Honda Civic LX despite a $2,500 difference in MSRP.

Where you can find this deal: This is a regional offer in Southern California. However, our analysis shows comparable deals in other parts of the country. Get your custom quote »

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See this month's top discounts ranked by segment »

All Green Car Leases 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.

We’ve listed the effective monthly cost of 61 leases. Browse the following segments in order of price:

All Electric Car Lease Deals

Effective Cost Model Monthly Payment Term Due at Signing Region More Info
$215 2017 Kia Soul EV EVe (CA only) $159 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$224 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SE $159 36 $2,349 Select States Get Details
$235 2017 Kia Soul EV EV Base $179 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$236 2017 FIAT 500e Base (CA, OR) $180 36 $1,999 National Get Details
$255 2017 Kia Soul EV EV+ $199 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$285 2017 Nissan LEAF S (30 kWh) $229 36 $1,999 Los Angeles Get Details
$286 2017 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR/Northeast] LT $273 39 $500 Select Regions Get Details
$306 2018 Chevrolet Volt CA/OR/Northeast] LT $293 39 $500 Select Regions Get Details
$317 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [CA/OR/Northeast] $303 36 $500 Select Regions Get Details
$344 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SE $279 36 $2,349 Select States Get Details
$344 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Base (CA Only, Unlimited Miles) $275 36 $2,500 California Get Details
$346 2017 Chevrolet Volt [National] LT $279 39 $2,619 National Get Details
$366 2018 Chevrolet Volt [National] LT $289 39 $3,019 National Get Details
$374 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited (CA Only, Unlimited Miles) $305 36 $2,500 California Get Details
$407 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [National] $329 36 $2,799 National Get Details
$413 2017 Mercedes-Benz B-Class B250e Hatchback $299 36 $4,093 National Get Details
$434 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited Ultimate (CA Only, Unlimited Miles) $365 36 $2,500 California Get Details
$464 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL $399 36 $2,349 Select States Get Details
$1,092 2017 Tesla Model S 75D AWD $909 36 $6,604 National Get Details
$1,178 2017 Tesla Model X 75D AWD $992 36 $6,687 National Get Details
$1,373 2017 Tesla Model S 100D AWD $1,182 36 $6,877 National Get Details
$1,380 2017 Tesla Model X 100D AWD $1,189 36 $6,884 National Get Details
$2,048 2017 Tesla Model S P100D AWD $1,839 36 $7,534 National Get Details
$2,094 2017 Tesla Model X P100D AWD $1,883 36 $7,578 National Get Details


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All Plug-in Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Cost Model Monthly Payment Term Due at Signing Region More Info
$305 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Premium $249 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$336 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Base (Conquest) $289 36 $1,699 California Get Details
$378 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Base $289 36 $3,199 California Get Details
$405 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plus $349 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$678 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Momemtum AWD $575 39 $4,025 Los Angeles Get Details
$797 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design AWD $675 39 $4,775 Los Angeles Get Details
$853 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription AWD $729 39 $4,829 Los Angeles Get Details
$948 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class GLE550e Base $779 36 $6,073 National Get Details
$1,373 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550e Premium Sedan $1,179 36 $6,973 National Get Details
$1,815 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 Coupe $1,599 36 $7,793 National Get Details
$1,849 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 Cabriolet $1,629 36 $7,923 National Get Details


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All Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Cost Model Monthly Payment Term Due at Signing Region More Info
$251 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 200A $189 36 $2,239 California Get Details
$275 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue $219 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$275 2017 Kia Niro LX DCT $219 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$275 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Premium $219 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$295 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Hybrid $239 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$304 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Base CVT $229 36 $2,699 National Get Details
$310 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base (Conquest) $249 36 $2,199 California Get Details
$325 2017 Toyota Prius Two $269 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$338 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base $249 36 $3,199 California Get Details
$344 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L CVT $269 36 $2,699 National Get Details
$345 2017 Toyota Prius v Two $289 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$355 2018 Toyota Prius c One $299 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$375 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD $319 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$403 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring CVT $309 36 $3,399 National Get Details
$419 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve w/Moon (Sign & Drive) $419 36 $0 Los Angeles Get Details
$421 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE (Southeast) $329 36 $3,299 Southeast Get Details
$507 2017 Lexus ES 300h Premium $379 36 $4,599 Western States Get Details
$510 2018 Lexus NX 300h Navigation 4x2 $399 36 $3,999 Western States Get Details
$527 2018 Lexus ES 300h Premium $399 36 $4,599 Western States Get Details
$528 2017 Lexus NX 300h Navigation 4x2 $389 36 $4,999 Western States Get Details
$600 2017 Lexus RX 450h Base with Navigation $489 36 $3,999 Western States Get Details
$641 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus $558 42 $3,499 National Get Details
$663 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring L $580 42 $3,499 National Get Details
$682 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Premium $599 42 $3,499 National Get Details
$688 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited $605 42 $3,499 National Get Details
$729 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited $646 42 $3,499 National 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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