Best Green Car Deals in October

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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 - October 6, 2017

Electric cars, hybrids and plug-in hybrids continue to feature some stellar deals in October. We’ve uncovered cheap leases from $149/month and discounts worth up to $12,500. We’ve even uncovered cases in which they're less-expensive than their smog-producing counterparts.

Plug-in shoppers benefit from a number of special incentives. In California, there’s no longer a limit on the number of green HOV lane stickers. The Clean Vehicle Rebate (CVRP) was also increased for low-income applicants to as much as $7,000*.

We analyzed hundreds of offers and listed the best deals on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, hybrids, diesels and other fuel-efficient choices below. We’ve also listed every lease offer by effective cost.

*The CVRP is currently on a bit of a hiatus. Funding was approved but checks may not resume being mailed out until November. Except for low-income applicants, most applications are being added to a waiting list.

Updated 8:30 am Monday, October 9

Best Electric Car Deals This Month

Ford Focus Electric
  • Best Deal: Lease from $169 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,769
  • Mileage: 10,500 miles/year
  • MSRP: $29,995
  • Expires: January 2, 2018
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 118/96/107
  • Estimated Range: 114 miles

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

Why it's a top pick: With an effective cost of just $218, the Focus Electric is just about the cheapest lease on an EV. This month, the payment has risen $30 but the amount at signing has fallen $970.

Although the numbers look a lot different compared to before, this translates to an increase in effective cost of just $3/month ($218 vs. $215).

The car continues to be cheaper to lease than a regular Focus SE thanks to $12,500 in lease discounts and a $25/month advantage in effective costs ($218 vs. $243).

Where you can find this deal: This is a regional offer available in California. Leases in other states will vary considerably. Get your custom quote»

Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • Best Deal: Lease from $299 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $502
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $37,495
  • Expires: October 2, 2017
  • 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: In California, Oregon and parts of the Northeast, the 200+ mile Chevy Bolt EV features an attractive $299/month lease. A closer look reveals this is remarkably close in price to that of the Volt plug-in hybrid.

With an effective cost of $322, the Bolt LT is actually just $6/month more expensive than a 2017 Volt LT ($316). Based on our analysis, the main reason appears to be a 10% advantage in residual value for the Bolt.

Nationally, the Bolt is available from $329 for 36 months with $3,369 at signing. If you're coming from a non-GM lease, there's an additional $500 that can help reduce your cost.

Where you can find this deal: The featured deal is available 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 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: October 31, 2017
  • 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: With a well-tuned ride and 610-mile range, the Optima Plug-In is a remarkable value when you lease. Interestingly, it's just $30 more to lease than the regular Optima Hybrid despite a $9,215 difference in MSRP.

Next to a Hyundai Sonata Plug-In, the Optima actually has a $73/month advantage when comparing effective lease costs ($305 vs. $378). To top it off, it features a superior electric range of 29 miles (compared to 27 in the Sonata).

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 $294 for 39 months
  • Due at signing: $859
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: From $34,095
  • Expires: October 31, 2017
  • 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 deserves little introduction with an impressive electric range of 53 miles and a flexible design that will meet the needs of many drivers. Leasing continues to be an affordable way to get behind the wheel of one, with a $294/month deal in California and select states.

Factoring in the payment and amount due at signing, the effective cost of the Volt LT comes in at $316/month. If you can believe it, that's actually less than a plain-old Chevy Cruze LT ($335) despite a $11,770 difference in MSRP.

Nationally, the Volt is available from $299 for 39 months with $1,969 at signing. Interestingly, the 2018 Volt LT is being advertised with a lower payment but much larger amount at signing ($289 per month with $2,859 at signing).

Where you can find this deal: The offer listed here is available 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

Ford C-Max Hybrid
  • Best Deal: Lease from $149 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $2,549
  • Mileage: 10.5 miles/year
  • MSRP: $24,995
  • Expires: October 2, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 42/38/40

Why it's a top pick: The C-Max continues to be the absolute cheapest lease on a hybrid with an effective cost of just $220. If you can believe it, that's $105 (per month!) less than a Toyota Prius Two ($325).

Prefer to buy? Ford is also offering 0% APR for 60 months plus $3,000 bonus cash. Or, if you choose to finance for 72 months, well-qualified buyers may be eligible for 1.9% APR.

Where you can find this deal: The features offer is available in California, but other regions feature aggressive discounts, too.

Key selling points: Extremely attractive price point, spacious cabin, more powerful than the Prius. Get your custom quote »

Toyota Prius c
  • Best Deal: $3,000 cashback
  • MSRP: $21,045
  • Expires: October 31, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 48/43/46

Why it's a top pick: We've reached the sweet spot for picking up a Prius c at the best possible price. As before, Toyota is offering a $3,000 factory rebate. Alternatively, well-qualified buyers can take 0% APR for 72 months.

Now that the 2018 Prius c is here, dealers will be especially motivated to sell last year's model. As before, all versions of the Prius c feature standard Toyota Safety Sense and 2 years of complimentary maintenance.

Where you can find this deal: The featured deal can be found in Southern California, but we're seeing similar offers in a number of other regions. Get your custom quote »

Kia Optima Hybrid
  • Best Deal: $5,000 cashback
  • MSRP: $26,860
  • Expires: October 31, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 39/46/42

Why it's a top pick: Kia took last month's $4,000 incentive and added a $1,000 bonus, making the Optima Hybrid one of the best deals on a hybrid. All versions now feature a whopping $5,000 off. And that's before dealer discounts!

To put that in perspective, the regular Optima is only eligible for $3,000. As a result, upgrading to the Hybrid won't command as much of a premium as some might think.

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

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Top Diesel Car Deals This Month

Chevy Cruze Diesel
  • Best Deal: 20% off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $24,670 w/Manual
  • Expires: October 31, 2017
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 31/47/37
  • Estimated Range: 507 mi

Why it's a top pick: Once again, Chevy is offering a 20% off discount on all versions of the Cruze, including the 47 mpg diesel model. Alternatively, you can choose to finance at zero percent APR for 72 months. However, we suspect most shoppers will opt to simply take the discount since there's nearly $5,000 in savings on the table with the Cruze LT Diesel.

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

  • Best Deal: $4,750 + Supplier Pricing
  • MSRP: From $31,435
  • Expires: October 16, 2017
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 28/39/32
  • Estimated Range: 477 mi

Why it's a top pick: The Equinox Diesel may be all-new, but Chevy isn't letting that stop it from offering some very aggressive deals. The way it works is incredibly convoluted, but here's how it works.

First, LT models are eligible for $2,000 all month. There's also a $1,000 trade-in assistance bonus. In addition to a national $500 rebate, there's a $500 bonus good through October 16.

In California and select markets (listed below), there's an additional $750. Altogether, that's $4,750 in potential savings.

But wait, there's more.

Costco members can stack these offers with GM Supplier Pricing, which amounts to factory invoice plus a $200 fee.

If you can jump through all these hoops, there's a mountain of savings to be had on this brand-new model.

Where you can find this deal: The featured deal is available in California, Florida, Michigan, Texas, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Phoenix, Washington D.C. and several other areas. Get your custom quote »

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Best Fuel-Efficient Car Deals This Month

Toyota Yaris iA
  • Best Deal: $2,000 cashback
  • MSRP: From $16,845 w/Manual
  • Expires: October 2, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 32/40/35

Why it's a top pick: The Yaris iA continues to be a stellar value with more standard features than just about anything in its class. Once again, a $2,000 rebate helps make it an outstanding choice for those on a tight budget. Alternatively, you can choose a promotional financing rate of 0% APR for 72 months.

Leasing is a different story, however, at least here in Southern California. At $169 for 36 months with $1,999 at signing, the car is actually $10/month more expensive than the 2017 Corolla SE. Given the $3,619 difference in MSRP, we consider the Corolla the superior value if your goal is to lease.

Where you can find this deal: This is a regional offer available in Southern California. However, we're seeing similar levels of discounts in other parts of the country. Get your custom quote »

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Best Fuel-Efficient SUV Deals This Month

Nissan Rogue
  • Best Deal: Up to $2,500 cashback
  • MSRP: From $24,780
  • Expires: October 31, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 26/33/29

Why it's a top pick: Once again, the Rogue benefits from up to $2,500 in savings on all styles. That factors in a $2,000 rebate and $500 bonus when financing at non-promotional rates.

As before, we recommend asking for a 2017.5 model if you can. Several months ago, Nissan added automatic emergency braking as a standard feature, but dealers have both the old and new versions in stock.

Since the difference in price is only about $400 and both are eligible for the same deals, we consider the 2017.5 Rogue a superior value. This could be helpful later on when it comes to resale values, too.

Where you can find this deal: This is a regional offer available in California, but we're seeing similar promotions in other parts of the country, too. 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.

All Electric Car Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing More Info
$215 2017 Kia Soul EV EVe (CA only) $159 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$218 2017 Ford Focus Electric Base $169 36 10.5k $1,769 Get Details
$224 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SE 4dr $159 36 10k $2,349 Get Details
$235 2017 Kia Soul EV EV Base $179 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$236 2017 FIAT 500e Base (CA, OR) $180 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$255 2017 Kia Soul EV EV+ $199 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$285 2017 Nissan LEAF S (30 kWh) $229 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$316 2017 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR/Northeast] LT $294 39 12k $859 Get Details
$322 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [CA/OR/Northeast] $299 36 12k $833 Get Details
$344 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SE $279 36 10k $2,349 Get Details
$344 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Base (CA Only, Unlimited Miles) $275 36 N/A $2,500 Get Details
$349 2017 Chevrolet Volt [National] LT $299 39 12k $1,969 Get Details
$362 2018 Chevrolet Volt [National] LT $289 39 12k $2,859 Get Details
$374 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited (CA Only, Unlimited Miles) $305 36 N/A $2,500 Get Details
$406 2017 BMW i3 Base 94 ah $289 36 10k $4,214 Get Details
$413 2017 Mercedes-Benz B-Class B250e Hatchback $299 36 10k $4,093 Get Details
$423 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [National] $329 36 12k $3,369 Get Details
$434 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited Ultimate (CA Only, Unlimited Miles) $365 36 N/A $2,500 Get Details
$447 2017 BMW i3 Base w/Range Extender $329 36 10k $4,254 Get Details
$464 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL $399 36 10k $2,349 Get Details


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All Plug-in Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing More Info
$305 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Premium $249 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$336 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Base (Conquest) $289 36 12k $1,699 Get Details
$378 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Base $289 36 12k $3,199 Get Details
$405 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plus $349 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$427 2017 BMW 330e Base Sedan $309 36 10k $4,234 Get Details
$515 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C350e Premium Sedan $389 36 10k $4,543 Get Details
$581 2018 BMW 330e Base Sedan $459 36 10k $4,384 Get Details
$687 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Momemtum AWD $575 36 10k $4,025 Get Details
$697 2018 BMW 530e i Sedan $559 36 10k $4,984 Get Details
$708 2017 BMW X5 eDrive xDrive40e $569 36 10k $4,994 Get Details
$797 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design AWD $675 39 10k $4,775 Get Details
$818 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design AWD $695 39 10k $4,795 Get Details
$853 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription AWD $729 39 10k $4,829 Get Details
$853 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription AWD $729 39 10k $4,829 Get Details
$948 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class GLE550e Base $779 36 10k $6,073 Get Details
$1,267 2018 BMW 740e i Sedan $1,059 36 7.5k $7,484 Get Details
$1,373 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550e Premium Sedan $1,179 36 10k $6,973 Get Details


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All Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing More Info
$220 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 200A $159 36 10.5k $2,189 Get Details
$275 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue $219 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$275 2017 Kia Niro LX DCT $219 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$275 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Premium $219 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$304 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Base CVT $229 36 12k $2,699 Get Details
$310 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base (Conquest) $249 36 12k $2,199 Get Details
$315 2017 Toyota Prius c One $259 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$325 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Hybrid $269 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$325 2017 Toyota Prius Two $269 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$335 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD $279 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$338 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base $249 36 12k $3,199 Get Details
$344 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L CVT $269 36 12k $2,699 Get Details
$345 2017 Toyota Prius v Two $289 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$355 2018 Toyota Prius c One $299 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$385 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD $329 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$403 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring CVT $309 36 12k $3,399 Get Details
$417 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve w/Moon $309 36 10.5k $3,884 Get Details
$421 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE (Southeast) $329 36 12k $3,299 Get Details
$507 2017 Lexus ES 300h Premium $379 36 10k $4,599 Get Details
$528 2017 Lexus NX 300h Navigation 4x2 $389 36 10k $4,999 Get Details
$538 2018 Lexus NX 300h Navigation 4x2 $399 36 10k $4,999 Get Details
$547 2018 Lexus ES 300h Premium $419 36 10k $4,599 Get Details
$610 2017 Lexus RX 450h Base with Navigation $499 36 10k $3,999 Get Details
$672 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Premium $589 42 10k $3,499 Get Details
$719 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited $636 42 10k $3,499 Get Details


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All Diesel Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing More Info
$457 2017 BMW 328d i Sedan $339 36 10k $4,264 Get Details
$509 2017 BMW 328d xDrive SportsWagon $389 36 10k $4,314 Get Details
$612 2018 BMW 328d i Sedan $489 36 10k $4,414 Get Details
$653 2018 BMW 328d xDrive SportsWagon $529 36 10k $4,454 Get Details


, 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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