Best Green Car Deals: March 2019

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As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - March 5, 2019

We’ve uncovered cheap leases and special discounts in March on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars starting at just $179/month. With rising interest rates, disappearing tax credits and factors like limited availability, shoppers may find it harder than ever to find a great deal.

We've attempted to de-emphasize models sold only in token quantities because a good deal is useless if you can't find a car to buy in the first place. You can still find all leases that we track in the tables located at the bottom of this page.

Updated 2:22 pm

Best Electric Car Deals This Month

  • Best Deal: Up to $5,865 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $37,495
  • Fuel Economy: 119 MPGe
  • Range: 238 miles

What's Hot: Through April 1, Chevy is offering up to 14% off MSRP on all versions of the Bolt. First, there's a 10% discount available to everyone. You can get an additional 4% off when coming from a 1999-or-newer vehicle from a non-GM brand.

On a well-equipped Premier model, that's worth as much as $5,865 off MSRP. Although the brand is also offering 0% financing for 72 months as an alternative, odds are you'll save more money by taking the discount instead.

What's Not: The promo above is only valid when buying rather than leasing.

Worth Knowing: Interestingly, the 2019 Volt is not eligible for the same promo. Note that the Bolt is no longer eligible for a full $7,500 federal tax credit. The amount has been cut in half and is now worth $3,750. Regional offers like the Clean Vehicle Rebate in California are still available. Get your custom quote »

  • Best Deal: Lease from $239 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $2,500
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $31,235
  • Fuel Economy: 136 MPGe
  • Range: 124 miles

What's Hot: With an effective cost of $308/month, the base version of the Ioniq Electric is $22/month cheaper than the Nissan LEAF ($330). If you live in California, the $2,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate can actually turn this into a zero-down lease with an effective cost of $239/month. That’s cheaper than an Elantra SE ($250).

What's Not: The advertised lease price has gone down compared to last year’s model, but Hyundai’s “Unlimited+” subscription is gone. Benefits no longer available include things like charging reimbursement and an “unlimited” mileage cap. Availability is limited, so you may have to do some searching.

Worth Knowing: Hyundai recently expanded Ioniq EV sales outside California to include other CARB emissions states. Offers end April 1. Get your custom quote »

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Best Plug-in Hybrid Car Deals This Month

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
  • Best Deal: Lease from $209 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $2,299
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $34,320
  • Fuel Economy: 110 MPGe
  • Range: 48 miles (EV), 340 total

What's Hot: The Clarity is eligible for as much as $11,100 in factory lease cash in some parts of the country. With the featured deal, the vehicle's effective cost comes out to just $273/month. That's $10 more than a Honda Fit EX ($263).

What's Not: Although the discounts are up compared to last month, lease payments remain unchanged. Based on leasing bulletins, we believe this is because the gain is being offset by a drop in Honda's underlying residual values.

Incentives vary quite a bit by region, and are worth $3,200 less in California and Oregon. However, shoppers should be sure to consider the added benefit of state incentives like the California Clean Vehicle Rebate.

Worth Knowing: This is an offer available in CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, RI and VT through April 1. The effective cost of this lease is $99/month cheaper than what Honda is advertising in California and Oregon ($372). Get your custom quote »

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Best Hybrid Car Deals This Month

  • Best Deal: Lease from $179 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $3,019
  • Mileage: 10,500 miles/year
  • MSRP: $34, 320
  • Fuel Economy: 43/41/42 (City/Hwy/Overall)

What's Hot: $6,000 in lease cash helps make the Fusion Hybrid a spectacular car to lease. With an effective cost of $263, the SE trim is $54/month cheaper to lease than what Ford is advertising on the regular Fusion. Here's a look at the numbers.

The 2019 Fusion SE with Tech Package is listed at $239 for 36 months with $2,799 at signing, an effective cost of $317. That means you can lease a vehicle that's more fuel efficient (and nearly $3,000 more expensive) for much less.

For 2019, both cars come standard with Co-Pilot360, a suite of advanced features that gets you forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and more for no extra charge.

What's Not: Like most Ford leases this month, the deal in question factors-in a $250 Select Inventory Bonus that you can only get on cars in stock for over 61 days. It's a weird quirk we don't like seeing but think shoppers should know about before selecting a vehicle.

Worth Knowing: These are regional offers available in California through April 1. Get your custom quote »

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Best Fuel-Efficient Gas Car Deals

  • Best Deal: Up to $2,000 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $17,480
  • Fuel Economy: 32/40/35 (City/Hwy/Overall)

What's Hot: Late last month, Toyota abruptly doubled discounts on the Yaris Sedan to $2,000. With a bit of negotiation, shoppers should expect to see prices in the low $15,000 range at their local dealer. Now is a great time to buy if you're looking for an outstanding value.

What's Not: This car has changed names 3 times now, from the Scion iA to the Yaris iA, and now the Yaris Sedan. Something new could be coming soon.

Toyota stopped building the Yaris Hatchback after 2018, but a company spokesperson says an announcement is planned for next month at the New York Auto Show. Are we getting another hatchback? That remains to be seen.

Worth Knowing: This is a regional offer, but we're seeing similar deals in other parts of the country too. Offers end April 1. 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 42 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
$275 2019 Kia Soul EV Base $219 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$294 2018 FIAT 500e Base with 2EJ Package $229 36 $2,349 California, Oregon Get Details
$295 2019 Kia Soul EV Plus $239 36 $1,999 California Get Details
$308 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Base $239 36 $2,500 California Get Details
$330 2019 Nissan LEAF S $219 36 $3,979 Los Angeles Get Details
$332 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf SE $249 36 $2,999 CA, AZ, NV, OR, AK Get Details
$418 2019 Toyota Mirai Base $349 36 $2,499 California Get Details
$457 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL $349 36 $3,899 Los Angeles Get Details
$457 2019 BMW i3 Base i3 $339 36 $4,264 California Get Details
$519 2019 BMW i3 Base i3 with Range Extender $399 36 $4,324 California Get Details
$540 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT (National, Current GM Lessees) $429 36 $3,989 National Get Details
$554 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT (National) $429 36 $4,489 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
$273 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Base (CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, RI, VT) $209 36 $2,299 Select States Get Details
$319 2019 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium with Co-Pilot360 (Select Inventory) $209 36 $3,949 California Get Details
$332 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX $249 36 $2,999 California Get Details
$340 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Base $279 36 $2,199 Los Angeles Get Details
$341 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring (CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, RI, VT) $249 36 $3,299 Select States Get Details
$372 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Base (CA, OR) $289 36 $2,999 Select States Get Details
$389 2019 Chevrolet Volt LT (National, Current GM Lessees) $299 39 $3,529 National Get Details
$402 2019 Chevrolet Volt LT (National) $299 39 $4,029 National Get Details
$412 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Base (CA, OR) $329 36 $2,999 Select States Get Details
$428 2019 Toyota Prius Prime Plus (Northern California) $359 36 $2,499 Northern California Get Details
$440 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring (CA, OR) $329 36 $3,999 Select States Get Details
$445 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL AWD $329 36 $4,178 National Get Details
$480 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring (CA, OR) $369 36 $3,999 Select States Get Details
$592 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Base (CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, RI, VT) $509 36 $2,999 Select States Get Details
$660 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring (CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, RI, VT) $549 36 $3,999 Select States Get Details
$710 2019 Volvo XC60 T8 Momentum AWD $589 36 $4,339 Western States Get Details
$810 2019 Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum AWD $669 36 $5,069 Western States Get Details
$857 2019 Volvo S90 T8 Momentum AWD $745 36 $4,045 Western States Get Details


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All Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Cost Model Monthly Payment Term Due at Signing Region More Info
$263 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE Hybrid with Co-Pilot360 (Select Inventory) $179 36 $3,019 California Get Details
$292 2019 Kia Niro LX $209 36 $2,999 California Get Details
$300 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue $239 36 $2,199 Los Angeles Get Details
$345 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE $289 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$385 2019 Toyota Prius L $329 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$388 2019 Toyota Prius c L (Northern California) $319 36 $2,499 Northern California Get Details
$442 2019 Lexus UX UX 250h Premium AWD with Blind Spot Monitor $359 36 $2,999 Western States Get Details
$452 2019 Lexus NX NX 300h AWD $369 36 $2,999 Western States Get Details
$495 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE $439 36 $1,999 Southern California Get Details
$510 2019 Lexus ES ES 300h Premium $399 36 $3,999 Western States Get Details
$540 2019 Lexus RX RX 450h AWD with Blind Spot & Sunroof $429 36 $3,999 Western States Get Details
$590 2019 Lexus RX RX 450h L AWD with Heated Seats $479 36 $3,999 Western States Get Details


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, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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