Best Green Car Deals: June 2018

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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 6, 2018

We’ve uncovered cheap leases in June on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and other fuel efficient cars starting at just $179/month. Some involve discounts worth up to $16,400.

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

Stay tuned for updates, as well as our Fourth of July coverage later this month.

Updated 3:44 pm Wednesday, June 6

Best Electric Car Deals This Month

  • Best Deal: Lease from $199 for 36 months
  • Due at signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: From $34,845
  • Expires: July 9, 2018
  • MPGe (Combined): 124
  • Estimated Range: 111 miles

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

Why it's a top pick: The 2018 Soul EV Base benefits from up to $16,400 in lease discounts. That reflects a $8,900 lease cash incentive plus the vehicle's $7,500 federal tax credit.

With an effective cost of $255/month, it's just $10 more than a Ford Focus Electric despite an over $4,800 difference in MSRP. That's also the same price Kia is advertising on the regular gas Soul.

Keep in mind that you can lower your cost further by taking advantage of the Clean Vehicle Rebate in California worth $2,500 for most applicants. For reference, the effective cost of the all-new Nissan LEAF S is $75/month more expensive.

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

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Best Plug-in Hybrid Car Deals This Month

Chevy Volt
  • Best Deal: Lease from $229 for 36 months
  • Due at signing: $0
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: From $34,095
  • Expires: June 11, 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 Volt benefits from a surge in lease discounts to $6,900 in California and Oregon. If you're currently a non-GM lessee, you may be eligible for a $500 bonus that brings this to $7,400.

As a result, the payment on the Volt LT has fallen $50 compared to last month, making this one of the best deals we've seen to date. This is also a Sign & Drive promo that covers your first month's payment.

Where you can find this deal: The featured deal can be found in California and Oregon. Get your custom quote »

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Best Hybrid Car Deals This Month

  • Best Deal: $3,000 + 0% APR
  • MSRP: From $26,265
  • Expires: July 9, 2018
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 43/42/42

Why it's a top pick: 0% financing for 72 months is becoming increasingly rare. The Fusion Hybrid gets 0% APR for 72 months plus a $3,000 financing bonus. This is a rare case in which it actually makes sense to take 0% financing.

That's because there aren't any rebates that don't require financing. If you insist on paying cash, you'll be missing out on the $3,000 discount plus 6 years of interest-free financing.

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

  • Best Deal: Up to $5,000 cashback
  • MSRP: From $38,395
  • Expires: July 9, 2018
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 40/39/40

Why it's a top pick: With a redesign arriving now, all versions of the 2018 Avalon Hybrid feature up to a $5,000 cash incentive. Interestingly, you may end up spending less money than with a similarly-equipped Camry Hybrid.

Although the Avalon Hybrid is normally $5,250 more expensive than the Camry Hybrid XLE, this is largely offset by this month's rebate. In contrast, the Camry Hybrid continues to feature zero rebates whatsoever.

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

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Top Diesel Car Deals This Month

  • Best Deal: Up to $6,036 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $24,695
  • Expires: June 11, 2018
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 31/47/37

Why it's a top pick: Once again, Chevy is offering an early-month promo on the Cruze LT involving a 20% discount off MSRP. In the case of a loaded diesel hatchback, that can equate to as much as $6,036 in savings.

The catch is the offer can't be combined with most other deals for buying or leasing. Like last month, we think it's possible the deal may be extended through the end of the month.

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

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Best Fuel-Efficient Gas Car Deals

2018 Hyundai Elantra
  • Best Deal: 0% APR for 72 months + $1,000
  • MSRP: From $18,835
  • Expires: July 9, 2018
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 32/40/35

Why it's a top pick: The Elantra continues to feature the same deal as last month. All versions, including the fuel-sipping Eco, are eligible for 0% financing for 72 months plus a $1,000 bonus.

Alternatively, you have the option of taking a $2,500 rebate, but our analysis shows you may save more money in the long run by taking the 0% deal.

On a $22,000 car, your cost with the 0% and bonus would be $21,000, with a payment of $291/month. With the rebate it would be $21,023, with a payment of $350/month on a 5-year loan at 3%.

Where you can find this deal: This is a national promotion. Get your custom quote »

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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 53 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
$245 2018 Ford Focus Electric Base $189 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$255 2018 Kia Soul EV EV Base $199 36 $1,999 National Get Details
$275 2018 Kia Soul EV EV+ $219 36 $1,999 National Get Details
$330 2018 Nissan LEAF S $219 36 $3,979 Los Angeles Get Details
$364 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Base $295 36 $2,500 California Get Details
$402 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SE $319 36 $2,999 California Get Details
$443 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [CA/OR/Northeast] (Non-GM Lessees) $443 39 $0 Select Regions Get Details
$447 2018 BMW i3 Base i3 $329 36 $4,254 California Get Details
$456 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [CA/OR/Northeast] $443 39 $500 Select Regions Get Details
$464 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited $395 36 $2,500 California Get Details
$488 2018 BMW i3 Base i3 w/Range Extender $369 36 $4,294 California Get Details
$488 2018 BMW i3 Base i3s $369 36 $4,294 California Get Details
$492 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL $409 36 $2,999 California Get Details
$510 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [National] $399 36 $3,979 National Get Details
$529 2018 BMW i3 Base i3s w/Range Extender $409 36 $4,334 California Get Details


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All Plug-in Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Cost Model Monthly Payment Term Due at Signing Region More Info
$229 2018 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR] LT (Non-GM Lessees) $229 36 $0 Select Regions Get Details
$243 2018 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR] LT $229 36 $500 Select Regions Get Details
$277 2018 Ford Fusion Energi SE 800A $249 36 $999 California Get Details
$292 2018 Chevrolet Volt [Northeast] LT $279 39 $500 Select Regions Get Details
$325 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Base $269 36 $1,999 Los Angeles Get Details
$328 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX PHEV $259 36 $2,499 California Get Details
$336 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Base $289 36 $1,699 Los Angeles Get Details
$358 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Premium $289 36 $2,499 California Get Details
$362 2018 Chevrolet Volt [National] LT $269 39 $3,629 National Get Details
$362 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Base (CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, RI, VT) $279 36 $2,999 Select States Get Details
$372 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Base (CA, OR) $289 36 $2,999 Select States Get Details
$403 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL AWD $289 36 $4,088 National Get Details
$430 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring (CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, RI, VT) $319 36 $3,999 Select States Get Details
$435 2018 Toyota Prius Prime Plus $379 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$440 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring (CA, OR) $329 36 $3,999 Select States Get Details
$470 2018 Audi A3 e-tron 1.4T Plug-In w/Roof Rails $379 36 $3,273 Los Angeles Get Details
$732 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Momentum AWD $619 36 $4,069 Western States Get Details
$736 2018 Volvo S90 T8 Momentum AWD $635 36 $3,635 Western States Get Details
$777 2018 Volvo S90 T8 Inscription AWD $675 36 $3,675 Western States Get Details
$779 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription AWD $665 36 $4,115 Western States Get Details
$808 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum AWD $685 39 $4,785 Western States Get Details
$945 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription AWD $819 39 $4,919 Western States Get Details


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All Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Cost Model Monthly Payment Term Due at Signing Region More Info
$235 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 200A $179 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$285 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue $229 36 $1,999 Los Angeles Get Details
$292 2018 Kia Niro LX $209 36 $2,999 California Get Details
$318 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Premium $249 36 $2,499 California Get Details
$325 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD $269 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$328 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base $259 36 $2,499 Los Angeles Get Details
$335 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Hybrid $279 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$345 2018 Toyota Prius c One $289 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$385 2018 Toyota Prius Two $329 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$399 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve w/Moonroof $299 36 $3,599 Los Angeles Get Details
$404 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE (New York) $329 36 $2,699 New York Get Details
$460 2018 Lexus NX NX 300h 4x2 with Power Back Door $349 36 $3,999 Western States Get Details
$538 2018 Lexus ES ES 300h Premium with Blind Spot & Nav $399 36 $4,999 Western States Get Details
$580 2018 Lexus RX RX 450h with Blind Spot, Moonroof $469 36 $3,999 Western States Get Details
$581 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus $480 36 $3,649 National Get Details
$596 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring L $495 36 $3,649 National Get Details
$630 2018 Lexus RX RX 450hL Premium with Blind Spot & Nav $519 36 $3,999 Western States Get Details
$637 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited $536 36 $3,649 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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