The Worst Lease In May Is For A Car You Probably Didn't Expect

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - May 10, 2019

Shopping for a lease isn't always easy when a low monthly payment can easily be outweighed by the amount due at signing. We analyzed over 300 leases ahead of Memorial Day and found that America's worst lease is actually one of the smallest and most unassuming cars on the market.

With an MSRP of $20,295, the 2019 Sonic LT Hatchback is advertised on Chevy's website at $299 for 39 months with $3,069 due at signing. It comes with an allowance of 10,000 miles per year and equates to an effective cost of $378/month. That's $1 more than a $28,000 Honda CR-V, about the cost of a taco.

For comparison, the 2019 CR-V EX is listed at $299 for 36 months with $2,799 at signing, an effective cost of $377/month. While it's not the cheapest SUV you can lease, the CR-V offers desirable features like standard automatic emergency braking, a peppy 1.5-liter turbo, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Differences in residual values, discounts, and interest rates can result in some surprising chances to upgrade. Below you'll find a list of 119 vehicles with higher MSRPs than the Sonic that are cheaper to lease. The list is oriented by highest MSRP, but we've compiled a sortable list of all offers so you can make your own comparisons.

Vehicle Name Payment Term Amount Due at Signing MSRP Effective Cost Region
2019 Honda Clarity Electric Base (CA, OR) $199 36 $1,799 $37,540 $249 CA, OR
2019 Ford Flex SEL w/Appearance Pkg 202A (Select Stock, Incl. $1,500 Trade-in Bonus) $149 24 $3,649 $35,685 $301 California
2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JL Sport 4dr with 24B Package $289 48 $1,899 $35,040 $329 California
2018 Jeep All-New Wrangler Unlimited JL Sport 4dr with 24B Package $269 48 $3,449 $34,940 $341 California
2019 FIAT 500e Base with 2EJ Package $229 36 $2,349 $34,705 $294 California
2019 Nissan Pathfinder S AWD $279 36 $3,099 $34,390 $365 Los Angeles
2019 Acura TLX 2.4L Base $299 36 $2,499 $33,995 $368 National
2019 GMC Acadia SLE-1 (Incl $2,000 Conquest/Loyalty Bonus) $319 36 $2,079 $33,995 $377 California
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf SE $249 36 $2,999 $32,790 $332 CA, AZ, NV, OR, AK
2019 Nissan Murano S (Incl. $750 Bonus) $279 36 $2,649 $32,745 $353 Los Angeles
2019 Ford Taurus SEL 201A (Select Stock) $269 36 $3,569 $32,375 $368 California
2019 Kia Sorento LX V6 FWD $269 36 $3,499 $32,335 $366 CA & Select States
2019 GMC Canyon SLE Crew Cab 4x2 (Incl $1,500 Conquest/Loyalty Bonus) $279 39 $2,939 $31,995 $354 California
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Base $239 36 $2,500 $31,235 $308 California
2019 Acura ILX Premium A-Spec $239 36 $4,899 $31,045 $375 National
2019 Nissan LEAF S 40 kWh $219 36 $3,979 $30,885 $330 Los Angeles
2019 Kia Sorento LX 4-cylinder AWD $249 36 $3,499 $30,495 $346 CA & Select States
2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX $249 36 $2,999 $29,495 $332 CA & Select States
2019 GMC Terrain SLE (Incl $1,500 Bonus For Non-GM Lessees) $259 39 $2,159 $29,295 $314 California
2019 GMC Terrain SLE $259 39 $3,659 $29,295 $353 California
2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4x2 Double Cab 4-Cyl Short Bed $259 36 $1,999 $29,260 $315 Southern California
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE $289 36 $1,999 $28,909 $345 Southern California
2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S with Automatic (Sign & Drive) $359 39 $0 $28,890 $359 CA, AZ, NV, OR, AK
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE $299 36 $1,999 $28,795 $355 Southern California
2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Coupe with Auto (Select Stock, Incl. $2,000 Conquest Bonus) $219 24 $3,119 $28,710 $349 California
2019 Kia Sorento LX 4-cylinder FWD $229 36 $3,499 $28,695 $326 CA & Select States
2019 Honda Accord 1.5T EX $289 36 $2,799 $28,540 $367 Socal & Select States
2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE Hybrid with Co-Pilot360 (Select Stock) $209 36 $3,059 $28,450 $294 California
2019 Honda CR-V EX $299 36 $2,799 $28,295 $377 National
2019 Toyota Prius Prime Plus $309 36 $1,999 $28,280 $365 Southern California
2019 Subaru WRX Base with Manual $309 36 $1,963 $28,080 $364 Los Angeles
2019 Honda Civic 1.5T Touring Coupe $289 36 $2,899 $27,770 $370 Southern California
2019 Nissan Rogue S AWD $239 36 $2,399 $27,765 $306 Los Angeles
2019 Honda HR-V EX-L AWD $279 36 $3,199 $27,765 $368 National
2019 Ford Escape SE 200A (Select Stock, Incl. $1,500 Trade-in Bonus) $209 36 $2,909 $27,495 $290 California
2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i with CVT $239 36 $2,239 $27,320 $301 Los Angeles
2019 Chevrolet Equinox LT (National, Current GM Lessees) $229 39 $2,389 $27,200 $290 National
2019 Chevrolet Equinox LT (National) $229 39 $2,889 $27,200 $303 National
2019 Honda Accord 1.5T Sport $269 36 $2,599 $27,100 $341 Socal & Select States
2019 Acura ILX Base with Dual-Clutch Automatic $239 36 $2,999 $26,895 $322 National
2019 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4 with 2XB Package $229 36 $4,449 $26,870 $353 California
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE (fmr Santa Fe Sport) $239 36 $2,799 $26,795 $317 Los Angeles
2019 Honda CR-V LX AWD $259 36 $2,599 $26,795 $331 National
2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base $259 36 $2,699 $26,670 $334 Los Angeles
2018 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4 with 2EJ Package $229 36 $4,149 $26,620 $344 California
2019 Jeep Compass Latitude 4x2 with 28J Package $225 42 $4,599 $26,590 $335 California
2019 Toyota RAV4 LE $299 36 $1,999 $26,545 $355 Southern California
2020 Kia Sportage LX AWD $229 36 $3,499 $26,535 $326 CA & Select States
2019 Toyota Camry SE $259 36 $1,999 $26,470 $315 Southern California
2019 Honda HR-V EX-L $269 36 $2,899 $26,365 $350 National
2019 Kia Sportage LX AWD $199 36 $3,499 $26,295 $296 CA & Select States
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Base $279 36 $2,199 $26,270 $340 Los Angeles
2019 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T Wolfsburg with Automatic (Sign & Drive) $319 39 $0 $26,190 $319 CA, AZ, NV, OR, AK
2019 Honda HR-V EX AWD $259 36 $2,899 $26,165 $340 National
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 ES $299 48 $2,848 $25,825 $358 National
2019 Ford Fusion SE 1.5T with Co-Pilot360 (Select Stock) $259 36 $2,709 $25,670 $334 California
2019 Nissan Rogue Sport S AWD $209 36 $3,599 $25,655 $309 Los Angeles
2019 Buick Encore Preferred 1SB (Incl. $2,000 Bonus For Non-GM Lessees) $199 39 $2,239 $25,595 $256 California
2019 Buick Encore Preferred 1SB $199 39 $4,239 $25,595 $308 California
2019 Honda Civic 1.5T EX-L Sedan $239 36 $2,899 $25,520 $320 Southern California
2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T ES AWD $269 36 $3,543 $25,475 $367 National
2019 Ford EcoSport SE 200A w/Conv. Pkg (Select Stock) $219 36 $2,719 $25,440 $295 California
2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport $235 36 $2,489 $25,395 $304 Los Angeles
2019 Honda CR-V LX $249 36 $2,399 $25,395 $316 National
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S (Sign & Drive) $269 39 $0 $25,290 $269 AZ, CA, HI, NV
2018 Ford EcoSport SE 200A w/Conv. Pkg (Select Stock) $199 36 $2,699 $25,290 $274 California
2019 Toyota Camry LE $249 36 $1,999 $25,270 $305 Southern California
2019 Subaru Forester 2.5i Base $255 36 $2,055 $25,270 $312 Los Angeles
2019 Honda Civic Si Sedan $229 36 $2,399 $25,220 $296 Southern California
2019 Honda Civic Si Coupe $229 36 $2,399 $25,220 $296 Southern California
2019 Nissan Altima 2.5 S $239 36 $2,399 $25,210 $306 Los Angeles
2020 Kia Sportage LX $219 36 $3,499 $25,035 $316 CA & Select States
2019 Kia Niro LX $209 36 $2,999 $24,895 $292 CA & Select States
2019 Kia Sportage LX $189 36 $3,499 $24,795 $286 CA & Select States
2019 Honda HR-V EX $249 36 $2,599 $24,765 $321 National
2019 Mazda Mazda6 Sport with Automatic $269 36 $2,499 $24,720 $338 Los Angeles
2019 Toyota Prius L $309 36 $1,999 $24,700 $365 Southern California
2019 Honda Civic 1.5T EX Hatchback $219 36 $2,399 $24,670 $286 Southern California
2019 Honda Accord 1.5T LX $249 36 $2,399 $24,640 $316 Socal & Select States
2019 Mazda Mazda3 Base Hatchback with Automatic $255 36 $2,479 $24,520 $324 Los Angeles
2019 Honda Civic 1.5T EX Sedan $229 36 $2,499 $24,320 $298 Southern California
2019 Hyundai Tucson SE $249 36 $2,599 $24,245 $321 Los Angeles
2019 Honda Civic 1.5T EX Coupe $219 36 $2,699 $24,120 $294 Southern California
2019 Kia Optima LX $189 36 $2,999 $23,915 $272 CA & Select States
2018 Mazda Mazda6 Sport with Automatic $215 36 $2,499 $23,895 $284 Los Angeles
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen S with Automatic (Sign & Drive) $289 39 $0 $23,890 $289 CA, AZ, NV, OR, AK
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE $269 36 $1,999 $23,880 $325 Southern California
2019 Volkswagen Golf S with Automatic (Sign & Drive) $289 39 $0 $23,840 $289 CA, AZ, NV, OR, AK
2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i with CVT $215 36 $2,625 $23,430 $288 Los Angeles
2019 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L SE $219 36 $2,399 $23,420 $286 Los Angeles
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue $239 36 $2,199 $23,320 $300 Los Angeles
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0 ES $274 39 $3,048 $23,275 $352 National
2019 Honda HR-V Sport $229 36 $2,499 $23,265 $298 National
2019 Chevrolet Trax LT (National) $199 39 $3,709 $23,200 $294 National
2019 Honda Civic 2.0 Sport Coupe $209 36 $2,699 $23,170 $284 Southern California
2019 Honda HR-V LX AWD $209 36 $3,099 $22,965 $295 National
2020 Toyota Corolla SE with CVT $219 36 $1,999 $22,880 $275 Southern California
2019 Honda Civic 2.0 Sport Sedan $209 36 $2,499 $22,870 $278 Southern California
2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i with Manual $235 36 $1,989 $22,870 $290 Los Angeles
2019 Hyundai Kona SEL $229 36 $2,399 $22,845 $296 Los Angeles
2019 Honda Fit EX-L with Navigation, CVT $229 36 $2,799 $22,440 $307 National
2019 Honda Civic 1.5T LX Hatchback $199 36 $2,199 $22,370 $260 Southern California
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE $219 36 $1,999 $22,364 $275 Southern California
2019 Toyota C-HR LE $219 36 $1,999 $22,090 $275 Southern California
2019 Mazda Mazda3 Base Sedan with Automatic $215 36 $2,479 $21,920 $284 Los Angeles
2019 Nissan Kicks SV with Two-Tone Roof $285 36 $1,999 $21,880 $341 Los Angeles
2019 Toyota Corolla LE $199 36 $1,999 $21,809 $255 Southern California
2019 Volkswagen Beetle S 2.0T Coupe $279 39 $2,999 $21,790 $356 CA, AZ, NV, OR, AK
2019 Honda Civic 2.0 LX Coupe $189 36 $2,199 $21,570 $250 Southern California
2019 Honda HR-V LX $209 36 $2,399 $21,565 $276 National
2019 Honda Fit EX-L with CVT $219 36 $2,499 $21,440 $288 National
2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport $205 36 $2,499 $21,435 $274 Los Angeles
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Base Automatic $199 36 $2,699 $21,370 $274 Los Angeles
2020 Kia Soul S with CVT $239 36 $1,999 $21,285 $295 CA & Select States
2019 Kia Forte S $179 36 $2,499 $21,215 $248 CA & Select States
2019 Honda Civic 2.0 LX Sedan $189 36 $2,199 $21,170 $250 Southern California
2020 Toyota Corolla LE with CVT $209 36 $1,999 $20,880 $265 Southern California
2019 Nissan Sentra SV with CVT $149 36 $3,999 $20,495 $260 Los Angeles
2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S with Automatic (Sign & Drive) $259 39 $0 $20,440 $259 CA, AZ, NV, OR, AK

, 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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