Best Green Car Deals: August 2017

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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 - August 7, 2017

Green car deals in August continue to feature some remarkable finance and lease incentives. We’ve uncovered cheap leases from $139/month and discounts worth up to $12,250. We’ve even found limited-time discounts worth 20% off MSRP.

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

We looked at hundreds of offers and listed the best deals on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, hybrids, diesels and fuel-efficient vehicles below. Since most of these tend to benefit from lease incentives, we’ve also listed every lease based on its effective cost. Just use the links to the right to navigate.

*The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) is currently facing a delay related to funding. With the exception of low-income applicants, most new applications are being added to a waiting list.

Offers can vary by region and assume a Southern California location unless noted otherwise.

Last updated 5:15 pm Monday, August 7

Best Electric Car Deals This Month

Ford Focus Electric
  • Best Deal: Lease from $139 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $2,739
  • Mileage: 10,500 miles/year
  • MSRP: $29,995
  • Expires: October 2, 2017
  • 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

Once again, the Ford Focus Electric ranks as the cheapest lease on an EV. Thanks to a whopping $12,250 in discounts here in California, the car actually has a lower effective lease cost than the regular gas Focus.

At $215, the vehicle’s effective cost is $27/month less than a standard Focus SE despite an $8,345 difference in MSRP. You can even get a $1,000 loyalty discount when coming from an existing Ford lease.

Key selling points: Based on the popular Focus hatchback, DC fast charging available, improved range for 2017. Get your custom quote»

Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • Best Deal: Lease from $299 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,239
  • Mileage: 15,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $36,295
  • Expires: August 31, 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

It’s a great time to lease a Bolt. Chevy is offering a $500 conquest bonus for current lessees of any 2008 or newer non-GM vehicle. In California, Oregon and areas of the Northeast, you can now lease a Bolt LT from just $299/month with $1,239 at signing factoring in the discount. That’s the best deal we’ve seen to date.

Outside those regions, the offer is $329/month with $3,469 at signing including the discount. As before, this includes a rather generous allowance of 15,000 miles per year of driving. If you aren’t looking to lease, there’s a brand-new offer worth being aware of.

This month, there’s a new $1,500 purchase discount for anyone coming from the lease of any Buick, Chevy or GMC vehicle. You don’t need to trade-in your current car, plus you can transfer the discount among members of the same household. It’s the first offer of its kind that we’ve seen on the Bolt.

Key selling points: First mass-market EV with a 200+ mile driving range, spacious cabin layout, no range anxiety like first-generation EVs. 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: September 5, 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

The Optima Plug-In continues to be a stellar value following a surge in lease discounts to $10,419 back in July. That resulted in a $40 cut in payment and an effective cost of just $305/month.

That’s just $30 more than the Optima Hybrid despite a difference in MSRP of $9,215. It even has a $73 (per month!) advantage over the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In even though the Kia has a higher sticker price.

Key selling points: Well-tuned ride quality compared with competitors, impressive 600+ mile combined driving range. Get your custom quote »

Chevy Volt
  • Best Deal: Lease from $294 for 39 months
  • Due at signing: $0
  • Mileage: 15,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: From $34,095
  • Expires: August 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

The Chevy Volt benefits from a $5 cut in payment for August. Coming from another GM lease or that of a competitor? There’s a $500 bonus that can turn this into a zero-down lease. As a result, the Volt LT has the potential of being cheaper to lease than a Toyota Prius c when comparing effective costs ($294 vs. $315).

The best deals are in the following states due to more favorable discounts: California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Outside those areas, the national lease is still $299 for 39 months with $2,249 at signing before additional discounts.

Key selling points: Impressive 53 mi of electric range, flexible design that will satisfy the needs of most drivers. 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: $1,999
  • Mileage: 10.5 miles/year
  • MSRP: $24,995
  • Expires: October 2, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 42/38/40

The C-Max continues to be the absolute cheapest lease on a hybrid with an effective cost of just $220/month. If you can believe it, that’s $105 (per month!) less than a Toyota Prius Two ($220 vs. $325). It’s even $42/month cheaper to lease than a Mitsubishi Mirage ($220 vs. $262).

Prefer to buy? Ford is offering 0% APR for 60 months plus $3,000 cash. That’s actually slightly worse than last month, where you could get the same low rate but for 72 months. Will Labor Day yield some type of improvement? That remains to be seen.

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

Toyota Avalon Hybrid
  • Best Deal: $4,000 cashback
  • MSRP: $38,185
  • Expires: September 5, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 40/39/40

Offers have likely peaked on the 2017 Avalon Hybrid now that the 2018 model has started arriving. This month, Toyota has upped its rebate to a whopping $4,000 here in Los Angeles, which is the most we’ve seen to date. However, leasing is a different story.

In New York City, the Avalon Hybrid XLE has an effective lease cost of $510/month. If you can believe it, that’s $100 (per month!) more than a Lexus ES 350 ($410) in the same region. And that’s despite the Lexus being nearly $2,000 more expensive on paper.

Key selling points: Spacious upscale cabin, standard driver assistance tech, efficient powertrain, brand reliability, 2 years of complimentary maintenance. 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: August 31, 2017
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 31/47/37
  • Estimated Range: 507 mi

If you act fast, there’s a stellar deal available on the Cruze LT Diesel this month. Through August 14, Chevy is offering 20% Off MSRP. That can equate to nearly $5,000 in discounts on a base model with manual transmission. As a result, we think it’s entirely possible to see dealer prices approaching $20,000.

If you miss this opportunity, the standard rebate for August is $3,500 or a choice to finance at 1.9% APR for 60 months. If you’ve been on the fence about buying, now is an excellent time to do so. Just be aware that the car is much harder to find in stock compared to the gas Cruze.

Key selling points: 507 miles of range, the only mainstream diesel at the moment, eye-popping highway fuel economy. Get your custom quote »

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Best Fuel-Efficient Car Deals This Month

Chevy Sonic
  • Best Deal: 20% off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $18,405 w/Manual
  • Expires: September 5, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 28/38/32

2017 Chevrolet Sonic

Through August, you can get 20% Off MSRP on any Sonic LT. That’s compared to just $500 cash on non-LT models. To get to 20%, GM is offering Supplier Pricing plus an additional cash discount. The automaker says that can equate to as much as $4,075 in savings with certain configurations.

Or, you can choose to finance at 0% APR for 72 months. However, given the potential savings on the table, we think the 20% off deal will be a smarter option for most buyers. For the best fuel economy, be sure to ask for the 1.4-liter turbo rated at up to 38 mpg highway.

Key selling points: Peppy performance with the 1.4-liter turbo, available as a sedan or hatchback, LT features 7-inch touchscreen with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus 4G LTE capability with a compatible data plan. Get your custom quote »

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Best Fuel-Efficient SUV Deals This Month

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

The popular Rogue benefits from up to $2,500 in discounts when factoring a $2,000 rebate plus a $500 bonus for financing at non-promotional rates. Or, you can give up the rebate and opt for 0% financing for 72 months. However, there’s one key thing to know before heading to the dealer.

Nissan quietly released a newer version called the 2017.5 Rogue a month or two ago that adds automatic emergency braking and other important safety features for about a $400 premium over the older version.

Interestingly, both are in stock and eligible for the same discounts. If you want to get more for your money, or perhaps think the newer version will hold its value better in the future, be sure to ask for the newer one.

Key selling points: (Arguably) sharper looks than its competitors, built-in pre-collision system (2017.5 models), one of the most efficient compact SUVs of its type. Get your custom quote »

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All Green Car Lease Deals 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
$215 2017 Ford Focus Electric Base $139 36 10.5k $2,739 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
$294 2017 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR/Northeast] LT (Chevy Lease Loyalty) $294 39 15k $0 Get Details
$294 2017 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR/Northeast] LT (Competitive Lessees) $294 39 15k $0 Get Details
$307 2017 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR/Northeast] LT $294 39 15k $500 Get Details
$344 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Base (CA Only, Unlimited Miles) $275 36 N/A $2,500 Get Details
$347 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [CA/OR/Northeast] $299 36 15k $1,739 Get Details
$357 2017 Chevrolet Volt [National] LT $299 39 15k $2,249 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
$434 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited Ultimate (CA Only, Unlimited Miles) $365 36 N/A $2,500 Get Details
$439 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [National] $329 36 15k $3,969 Get Details
$447 2017 BMW i3 Base w/Range Extender $329 36 10k $4,254 Get Details
$970 2017 Tesla Model S 75 RWD $790 36 10k $6,485 Get Details
$1,052 2017 Tesla Model S 75D AWD $870 36 10k $6,565 Get Details
$1,113 2017 Tesla Model X 75D AWD $929 36 10k $6,624 Get Details
$1,483 2017 Tesla Model S 100D AWD $1,289 36 10k $6,984 Get Details
$1,517 2017 Tesla Model X 100D AWD $1,322 36 10k $7,017 Get Details
$2,205 2017 Tesla Model S P100D AWD $1,991 36 10k $7,686 Get Details
$2,290 2017 Tesla Model X P100D AWD $2,074 36 10k $7,769 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
$435 2017 Audi A3 e-tron Premium $359 36 10k $2,753 Get Details
$437 2017 BMW 330e Base Sedan $319 36 10k $4,244 Get Details
$515 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C350e Premium Sedan $389 36 10k $4,543 Get Details
$687 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Momemtum AWD $575 36 10k $4,025 Get Details
$739 2017 BMW X5 eDrive xDrive40e $599 36 10k $5,024 Get Details
$790 2018 BMW 530e i Sedan $649 36 10k $5,074 Get Details
$941 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design AWD $815 39 10k $4,915 Get Details
$946 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription AWD $820 39 10k $4,920 Get Details
$948 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class GLE550e Base $779 36 10k $6,073 Get Details
$976 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription AWD $849 39 10k $4,949 Get Details
$1,003 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design AWD $875 39 10k $4,975 Get Details
$1,216 2017 BMW 740e i Sedan $1,009 36 7.5k $7,434 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 $149 36 10.5k $2,549 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
$279 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE Technology 600A $209 36 10.5k $2,509 Get Details
$285 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Hybrid $229 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 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
$403 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring CVT $309 36 12k $3,399 Get Details
$409 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve w/Moon $299 36 10.5k $3,954 Get Details
$421 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE (Southeast) $329 36 12k $3,299 Get Details
$441 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE (Southeast) $349 36 12k $3,299 Get Details
$497 2017 Lexus ES 300h Premium $369 36 10k $4,599 Get Details
$517 2017 Lexus NX 300h Navigation 4x2 $389 36 10k $4,599 Get Details
$610 2017 Lexus RX 450h Base with Navigation $499 36 10k $3,999 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
$468 2017 BMW 328d i Sedan $349 36 10k $4,274 Get Details
$519 2017 BMW 328d xDrive SportsWagon $399 36 10k $4,324 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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