Best Green Car Deals: April 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 - April 6, 2018

We’ve uncovered cheap leases in April on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and other fuel efficient cars starting at just $179/month. Some involve discounts worth up to $15,700.

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.

Updated 6:40 pm Friday, April 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: April 30, 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 $15,700 in lease discounts. 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.

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 $85/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 $258 for 36 months
  • Due at signing: $0
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: From $34,095
  • Expires: April 30, 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: Lease discounts on the 2018 Volt LT currently stand at $5,750. If you're a non-GM lessee, you may be eligible for a $500 bonus that brings your savings to $6,250.

Chevy is also offering to cover your first month's payment. Sadly, last month's $2,500 bonus for those coming from an Asian brand has been discontinued.

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. 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: If you're planning on financing your purchase, the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a much better deal than the regular gas Fusion. The reason has to do with a big difference in incentives.

Although both cars feature 0% APR for 72 months, the hybrid is eligible for a $3,000 financing bonus that you can't get with the gas model. It essentially offsets the $3,175 difference in base price between both cars.

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: April 30, 2018
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 40/39/40

Why it's a top pick: With a redesign on the way, 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 2018 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: April 16, 2018
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 31/47/37

Why it's a top pick: Through April 16, Chevy is offering 20% off MSRP on all 2018 Cruze LTs. In the case of a loaded diesel hatchback, that can equate to as much as $6,036 in savings.

The catch is that the deal can't be combined with most other offers and isn't compatible with promotional leases. Chevy may extend the deal, but there's no guarantee.

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

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Best Fuel-Efficient Gas

2018 Hyundai Elantra
  • Best Deal: 0% APR for 72 months + $1,000
  • MSRP: From $18,835
  • Expires: April 30, 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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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 58 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
$240 2017 FIAT 500e Base (CA, OR) $180 36 $2,149 National Get Details
$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
$340 2018 Nissan LEAF S $229 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
$420 2018 Nissan LEAF SV $309 36 $3,979 Los Angeles Get Details
$437 2018 BMW i3 Base i3 $319 36 $4,244 California Get Details
$442 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [CA/OR/Northeast] $429 39 $500 Select Regions Get Details
$464 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited $395 36 $2,500 California Get Details
$466 2018 Nissan LEAF SL $355 36 $3,979 Los Angeles Get Details
$478 2018 BMW i3 Base i3 w/Range Extender $359 36 $4,284 California Get Details
$478 2018 BMW i3 Base i3s $359 36 $4,284 California Get Details
$495 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [National] $399 36 $3,459 National Get Details
$512 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL $429 36 $2,999 California Get Details
$519 2018 BMW i3 Base i3s w/Range Extender $399 36 $4,324 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
$279 2018 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR/Northeast] LT $266 39 $500 Select Regions Get Details
$305 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Premium $249 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$325 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Base $269 36 $1,999 Los Angeles Get Details
$336 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Base $289 36 $1,699 Los Angeles Get Details
$345 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Premium $289 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$349 2018 Chevrolet Volt [National] LT $269 39 $3,139 National Get Details
$355 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plus $299 36 $1,999 Southern California 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
$371 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL AWD $259 36 $4,033 National Get Details
$412 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Base (CA, OR) $329 36 $2,999 Select States 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
$470 2018 Audi A3 e-tron 1.4T Plug-In w/Roof Rails $379 36 $3,273 Los Angeles Get Details
$480 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring (CA, OR) $369 36 $3,999 Select States Get Details
$674 2018 Volvo S90 T8 Momentum AWD $575 36 $3,575 Western States Get Details
$720 2018 Volvo S90 T8 Inscription AWD $619 36 $3,619 Western States Get Details
$723 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Momentum AWD $619 39 $4,069 Western States Get Details
$771 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription AWD $665 39 $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
$275 2017 Kia Niro LX $219 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$275 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Premium $219 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$282 2018 Kia Niro LX $199 36 $2,999 California Get Details
$285 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue $229 36 $1,999 Los Angeles Get Details
$305 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Premium $249 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$305 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD $249 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$310 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base $249 36 $2,199 Los Angeles Get Details
$315 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX PHEV $259 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$325 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Hybrid $269 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$345 2018 Toyota Prius c One $289 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$384 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE (New York) $309 36 $2,699 New York 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
$470 2018 Lexus NX 300h Base 4x2 $359 36 $3,999 Western States Get Details
$548 2018 Lexus ES 300h Premium $409 36 $4,999 Western States Get Details
$582 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus $481 36 $3,649 National Get Details
$601 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring L $500 36 $3,649 National Get Details
$628 2018 Lexus RX 450h Base w/Blind Spot, Navigation $489 36 $4,999 Western States Get Details
$638 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited $537 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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