Best Mazda Deals & Lease Offers: December 2018

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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 - December 6, 2018

Higher rates over the past several months have made it a bad time to finance a Mazda. In the case of the sporty CX-5, offers went from 0% APR for 60 months to a sobering rate of 2.39%. The only good news for December is that all models are now eligible for a 90-day payment deferral.

Mazda recently debuted the redesigned Mazda3. However, discounts remain flat on the 2018 model with $2,000 in customer cash. Better deals could emerge early next year. As before, Touring & GT trims are eligible for a free Apple CarPlay upgrade. Sports have the option to upgrade, but at a cost of $199 plus labor.

Deals on the Miata remain unimpressive. Now that the 2018 version has sold out, the only deal to speak of is 2.9% financing for 72 months. Mazda cancelled lease promos on the Miata several months ago, so expect dealer lease prices to be particularly high.

Current Mazda owners should be aware that the brand's old $500 loyalty discount is now worth $750. In addition, you can get a $500 bonus when trading-in a vehicle, which means eligible buyers get a total of $1,250 on top of other offers.

Offers from Mazda vary by region and are set to end January 2, 2019. Examples listed here assume a Los Angeles location unless noted otherwise.

Top Mazda Lease Deals & Incentives

Model Best Lease Deal Best Finance Offer Best Cashback Incentive
Mazda Mazda3
Lease from $179/month Finance from 1.9% for 60 months + 90 Day Payment Deferral Up to $2,000 Cash
Mazda CX-3
Lease from $195/month Finance from 2.9% for 60 months + 90 Day Payment Deferral Up to $250 Cash
Mazda Mazda6
Lease from $199/month Finance from 1.9% for 60 months + 90 Day Payment Deferral Up to $1,500 Cash (Sport, Touring)
Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5
Lease from $215/month Finance from 2.39% for 60 months + 90 Day Payment Deferral Up to $500 Cash
Mazda CX-9
Mazda CX-9
Lease from $299/month Finance from 1.9% for 60 months + 90 Day Payment Deferral Up to $1,750 Cash

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Insider Tips for Mazda Shoppers

Mazda offers tend to feature a nice choice of cashback, finance and lease deals. Traditionally, the automaker avoided offering cash incentives, but that changed about a year or so ago in a major shift in strategy to keep pace with competitors. However, don't expect to see the same level of discounts as Ford and Nissan. Profit margins on models like the CX-5 are quite thin, so aggressive pricing is rare.

Holidays are an opportunity to take advantage of some modest extra savings. Mazda has reliably offered a $250 holiday bonus at the very last minute before major holidays. That's nice, but it may not be worth waiting around for if you'd prefer to buy on your own schedule when your local dealer isn't filled with anxious holiday shoppers.

Leases are a great opportunity to get into vehicles like the Mazda6. However, models like the CX-9 and MX-5 Miata tend to feature less-attractive leases with effective costs well above vehicles with similar MSRPs. In some cases, it may be smarter to buy, so be sure to weigh your options carefully with the help of your dealer.

, 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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