Best Green Car Deals: June 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 - June 7, 2017

Green car deals in June continue to feature impressive lease and purchase incentives. We’ve uncovered cheap leases from $149/month and discounts worth up to $11,750. We’ve even found attractive finance offers like 0% APR plus cashback ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.

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 was also increased late last year for low-income applicants to as much as $4,500 toward EVs.

We looked at hundreds of offers and listed the best deals on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs, 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.

Offers assume a Southern California location unless noted otherwise.

Last updated 9:30 am Wednesday, June 7

Best Hybrid Car Deals This Month

Ford C-Max Hybrid
  • Best Deal: Lease from $169 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 10.5 miles/year
  • MSRP: $24,995
  • Expires: July 5, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 42/38/40

With an effective cost of just $225/month, the 2017 C-Max Hybrid SE is the cheapest lease on a hybrid. That’s $80/month less a Prius c ($305) and $100/month less than the standard Prius ($325).

If you’d prefer to finance, Ford is offering 0% APR for 60 months plus $1,900 cash. Current Ford lessees can even get a $1,750 loyalty bonus toward purchases that boosts savings to $3,650.

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

Lexus CT 200h
  • Best Deal: Lease from $249 for 36 months
  • Due at signing: $1,499
  • Mileage: 10,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $32,510
  • Expires: July 5, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 43/40/42

The 2017 Lexus CT 200h continues to be a stellar deal if you’re leasing. It may be hard to believe, but it’s actually $34/month cheaper to lease than a 2017 Prius Two when you compare effective lease costs ($291 vs. $325).

If you’d prefer to buy, Lexus has taken the unusual step of offering a $1,000 cashback incentive. That said, most shoppers may be better off taking 0% APR for 60 months (or 0.9% for 72).

Current CT 200h lessees also get a rare $1,000 loyalty bonus when turning in their existing vehicle and financing or leasing a new one. The offer can be combined with 0% APR or this month’s advertised lease for maximum savings.

Key selling points: Sportier look and feel than the Prius, versatile hatchback design, wide array of optional equipment, legendary brand reliability. Get your custom quote »

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Best Plug-in Hybrid Car Deals This Month

Optima plug in hybrid
  • Best Deal: Lease from $289 for 36 months
  • Due at signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: From $36,105
  • Expires: July 10, 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 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid has emerged as a top lease deal. With an effective cost of $345/month, it’s quite a bit cheaper to lease than the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid ($378) despite a higher MSRP.

If you’re going to buy, the Hyundai has more discounts at $3,500 when factoring a $1,500 bonus for coming from another Hyundai or competing vehicle. However, the Kia has a slightly better finance offer of 0% APR for 60 months plus $500 cash.

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

BMW 330e
  • Best Deal: Lease from $319 for 36 months
  • Due at signing: $4,244
  • Mileage: 10,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: From $46,745
  • Expires: June 30, 2017
  • MPGe (Combined): 71
  • Estimated Range: 14 miles (EV), 350 total

*Other Incentives: $4,001 Federal Tax Credit

The 2017 BMW 330e benefits from a cut in lease price thanks in part to a $5,500 lease credit. With an effective lease cost of $437, it’s just $2/month more expensive than an Audi A3 e-tron despite having an MSRP that’s $6,395 higher.

Key selling points: Doesn’t look like a hybrid, has the DNA of a sports car, doesn’t sacrifice luxury and performance. Get your custom quote »

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Best Electric Car Deals This Month

Ford Focus Electric
  • Best Deal: Lease from $149 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $2,639
  • Mileage: 10,500 miles/year
  • MSRP: $29,995
  • Expires: July 5, 2017
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 118/96/107
  • Estimated Range: 114 mi

*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. With an effective cost of just $222/month, it’s $63/month more affordable than a Nissan LEAF S ($285).

Even better, current Ford lessees can take advantage of a $1,000 loyalty bonus, driving the cost down even further. If price is a top priority for you, be sure to consider the Focus Electric.

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

Chevy Volt
  • Best Deal: Lease from $278 for 39 months
  • Due at Signing: $0
  • Mileage: 15,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $34,095
  • Expires: June 30, 2017
  • MPGe (Combined): 106
  • Estimated Range: 53 miles (EV), 420 total

*Other Incentives: $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, $1,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate + HOV lane access in CA

Unfortunately, the 2017 Volt LT suffers from a hike in lease price to $278/month. The good news is that there’s still a $500 bonus for current lessees of a GM vehicle or competitor. That makes this essentially a zero-down lease.

The offer is available in the following states: California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Outside those areas, the national lease is $299 for 39 months with $2,249 at signing before any additional discounts.

Considering the new Bolt EV? In California and the states mentioned above, the LT goes for $329 for 36 months with $1,719 at signing. With an effective cost of $377, it’s $86/month more than the Volt. That’s $630/month less than the cheapest Tesla Model S ($1,007).

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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Top Diesel Car Deals This Month

Chevy Cruze Diesel
  • Best Deal: $1,500 cashback
  • MSRP: From $26,270 w/Automatic
  • Expires: June 30, 2017
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 31/47/37
  • Estimated Range: 507 mi

Offers on the Cruze Diesel have tanked in June. Chevy cancelled a Bonus Tag incentive, cutting discounts in half from $3,000 to a mere $1,500. Finance incentives are unimpressive at 1.9% APR for 60 months, and you have to give up the rebate to get it.

That said, if you’re a current lessee of a GM vehicle or that of a competitor, you may be eligible for a $1,500 bonus. You don’t need to trade-in your current car, and can transfer the discount with members of the same household.

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

Volkswagen
  • Best Deal: Up to $8,500 off MSRP
  • Expires: June 30, 2017

2015 model year VW TDI models that have undergone a mandatory emissions software fix are eligible for a handful of finance and lease incentives. That’s a good thing, because the cars have apparently been commanding very high prices at dealers due to limited availability.

Vehicles eligible for the offers include the Beetle, Golf, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat. Each now features 0% APR for 72 months plus a $5,000 finance bonus. Alternatively, you can lease at promotional 24-month rates and get a larger $8,500 discount. However, there are some caveats worth being aware of.

First, there are no discounts for buying a TDI car outright. At the minimum, you’ll need to finance to get the $5,000 discount. Second, the deals can’t be combined with the automaker’s $500 College Grad incentive as well as any loyalty discounts. Don’t be surprised to see 2 year old cars selling at MSRP, at least for now. Find out more »

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Best Fuel-Efficient Car Deals This Month

Toyota Yaris ia
  • Best Deal: $2,000 cashback
  • MSRP: From $17,935 w/Automatic
  • Expires: July 5, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 32/40/35

The Yaris iA continues to be an outstanding value thanks to a $2,000 rebate. That’s the most we’ve seen to date, and rather surprising for a car with such a low price point and impressive mix of standard features.

With a modest dealer discount, expect to see real-world prices in the mid-$15,000 range. That’s an incredible value for a car with a built-in pre-collision system. Alternatively, you can opt to finance at 0% APR for 72 months.

Key selling points: Built-in pre-collision system, many amenities rare at this price point, more fun to drive than the average budget commuter. Get your custom quote »

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Best Fuel-Efficient SUV Deals This Month

Nissan Rogue
  • Best Deal: $2,250 cashback
  • MSRP: From $24,780
  • Expires: June 30, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 26/33/29

The Rogue has been extremely popular, offering a nice mix of efficiency and utility. This month’s best deal is a $1,750 rebate plus a $500 bonus when financing at non-promotional rates.

Altogether, that’s $2,250 in potential savings. Alternatively, you can opt for 0% APR for 72 months plus $500 cash. That sounds simple, but there’s something important worth being aware of.

Most shoppers have no idea that Nissan quietly revised version called the 2017.5 Rogue that adds automatic emergency braking and other safety features for only about a $400 premium over the older version.

The kicker is that both are in stock and are eligible for the same discounts. If you want to get more for your money, be sure to ask for the newer version if you have the opportunity.

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 Hybrid Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing More Info
$225 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 200A $169 36 10.5k $1,999 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
$281 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE Technology 600A $209 36 10.5k $2,589 Get Details
$285 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Hybrid $229 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$291 2017 Lexus CT 200h Base $249 36 10k $1,499 Get Details
$305 2017 Toyota Prius c One $249 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$310 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base (Conquest) $249 36 12k $2,199 Get Details
$314 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Base CVT $239 36 12k $2,699 Get Details
$325 2017 Toyota Prius Two $269 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
$365 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD $309 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$403 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring CVT $309 36 12k $3,399 Get Details
$413 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve w/Moon $319 36 10.5k $3,369 Get Details
$440 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE (Southeast) $339 36 12k $3,638 Get Details
$506 2017 Lexus ES 300h Premium $389 36 10k $4,199 Get Details
$518 2017 Lexus NX 300h Navigation 4x2 $399 36 10k $4,299 Get Details
$620 2017 Lexus RX 450h Base with Navigation $509 36 10k $3,999 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
$336 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Base (Conquest) $289 36 12k $1,699 Get Details
$345 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Premium $289 36 12k $1,999 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
$653 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Premium $570 42 10k $3,499 Get Details
$688 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum $605 42 10k $3,499 Get Details
$739 2017 BMW X5 eDrive xDrive40e $599 36 10k $5,024 Get Details
$769 2018 BMW 530e i Sedan $629 36 10k $5,054 Get Details
$941 2017 Volvo XC90 Hybrid T8 R-Design AWD $815 39 10k $4,915 Get Details
$976 2017 Volvo XC90 Hybrid T8 Inscription AWD $849 39 10k $4,949 Get Details
$1,174 2017 BMW 740e i Sedan $969 36 7.5k $7,394 Get Details
$1,370 2018 BMW 740e i Sedan $1,159 36 7.5k $7,584 Get Details


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All Electric Car Lease Deals

Effective Lease Cost Year/Make/Model/Trim Pmt Term Mileage Due at Signing More Info
$222 2017 Ford Focus Electric Base $149 36 10.5k $2,639 Get Details
$224 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SE 4dr $159 36 10k $2,349 Get Details
$235 2017 Kia Soul EV EVe (CA only) $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 Base $199 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$275 2017 Kia Soul EV EV+ $219 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$278 2017 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR/Northeast] LT (Chevy Lease Loyalty) $278 39 15k $0 Get Details
$278 2017 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR/Northeast] LT (Competitive Lessees) $278 39 15k $0 Get Details
$285 2017 Nissan LEAF S (30 kWh) $229 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$291 2017 Chevrolet Volt [CA/OR/Northeast] LT $278 39 15k $500 Get Details
$344 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Base (CA Only, Unlimited Miles) $275 36 N/A $2,500 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
$377 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT [CA/OR/Northeast] $329 36 15k $1,719 Get Details
$406 2017 BMW i3 Base 94 ah $289 36 10k $4,214 Get Details
$413 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e Base $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
$1,007 2017 Tesla Model S 75 RWD $826 36 10k $6,521 Get Details
$1,092 2017 Tesla Model S 75D AWD $909 36 10k $6,604 Get Details
$1,228 2017 Tesla Model X 75D AWD $1,041 36 10k $6,736 Get Details
$1,315 2017 Tesla Model S 90D AWD $1,124 36 10k $6,860 Get Details
$1,415 2017 Tesla Model X 90D AWD $1,223 36 10k $6,918 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 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
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, 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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