Best Green Car Deals: April 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 - April 10, 2017

Green car deals in April benefit from some of the best new car incentives you’re bound to see. This month, we’ve uncovered cheap leases and discounts worth up to $14,500. We’ve even found finance offers like 0% APR plus $4,000 factory cashback.

Plug-in shoppers can benefit from a number of special incentives. In California, there’s no longer a limit on the number of green carpool lane stickers. The Clean Vehicle Rebate was also increased $500 for those with low incomes, for up to $4,500 in savings toward an EV. The income limit was also lowered to $150,000.

We looked at hundreds of offers and listed the best deals on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electrics, diesels and fuel-efficient gas cars below. We’ve also listed every lease that we track based on effective cost. Just use the links to the right to navigate.

Offers assume a Southern California location unless noted otherwise.

Last updated 1:13 pm Tuesday, April 11

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 $50/month less than the Kia Niro LX and Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (both $275), and a rather unbelievable $100/month less than a 2017 Toyota Prius Two ($325).

Incentives for buying are also fairly attractive with 0% APR for 60 months plus $1,900 cash. However, current Ford lessees can take advantage of a $1,750 loyalty bonus which brings the total to $3,650 plus zero-interest financing.

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: May 1, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 43/40/42

The 2017 Lexus CT 200h continues to be a stellar deal if you’re leasing, especially when compared to the 2017 Toyota Prius. You can really see the difference in value when comparing effective lease costs.

With an effective cost of $291, the CT is $34/month cheaper to lease than a Prius Two ($325) despite a $6,735 difference in MSRP. If you can believe it, the CT is also $14 cheaper than a 2017 Prius c One ($305).

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: May 1, 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 brand-new 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 its higher MSRP.

However, 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. That said, there are no finance incentives with the Sonata Plug-In, as opposed to 0% APR plus $500 cash with the Kia.

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

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Best Electric Car Deals This Month

Kia Soul EV
  • Best Deal: $9,000 cashback
  • MSRP: $32,800
  • Expires: May 1, 2017
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 120/92/105
  • Estimated Range: 93 miles

*Other Incentives: $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, $2,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate + HOV lane access in CA

If you can find one, last year’s Soul EV features a rather incredible deal of $9,000 cashback. Alternatively, you can opt for 0% APR for 60 months plus $4,000 cash. However, time is running out since these are close to selling out.

If you’re going to lease, the vehicle ranks as one of the cheapest EV leases. The EVe version, offered only in California, starts at just $169 for 36 months with $999 due at signing thanks to $14,500 in lease discounts.

Key selling points: Spacious interior, included DC quick charger, more range than most mainstream EVs. Get your custom quote»

FIAT 500e
  • Best Deal: Lease from $180 for 36 months
  • Due at Signing: $1,999
  • Mileage: 12,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $32,795
  • Expires: May 1, 2017
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 121/103/112
  • Estimated Range: 84 mi

*Other Incentives: $7,500 Federal Tax Credit, $2,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate + HOV lane access in CA

Last month’s stellar lease on the 500e has taken a turn for the worse. The payment has skyrocketed $60 due to a much higher money factor in April.

That said, with an effective cost of $236, the car is over $49/month cheaper to lease than a 2017 Nissan LEAF S ($285). As before, there’s also a $1,000 conquest bonus for those coming from a non-Chrysler lease.

We’ve seen dealers touting $49/month with “$0 out of pocket,” but there’s often a big catch. These tend to involve creative math like requiring you to “front” the $2,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate and often have shorter mileage allowances. Be sure to read the fine print carefully.

Key selling points: Fun-to-drive, a bit more design flavor compared to most competitors, features a 6.6-volt onboard charger. Get your custom quote »

Chevrolet Volt
  • Best Deal: Lease for $274 for 39 months
  • Due at Signing: $500
  • Mileage: 15,000 miles/year
  • MSRP: $34,095
  • Expires: May 1, 2017
  • MPGe (Combined): 106
  • Estimated Range: 53 mi (EV), 420 (total)

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

Sadly, last month’s $3,000 bonus for those coming from an Asian brand lease has been discontinued. For April, the national lease on the 2017 Volt LT gets a small price increase, starting at $299 for 39 months with $2,109 at signing.

In California, Oregon and areas of the Northeast, the Volt gets a $4 payment hike to $274 for 39 months with $500 due at signing. You can turn this into a $0 down lease when taking a $500 bonus for current GM lessees or individuals coming from a competitive lease.

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: Up to $3,500 cashback
  • MSRP: From $26,270 w/Automatic
  • Expires: May 1, 2017
  • MPGe (City/Hwy/Comb): 31/47/37
  • Estimated Range: 507 mi

The 2017 Cruze Diesel is now starting to arrive at dealers, but there’s already up to $3,500 in savings if you can combine the right incentives. In addition to a $1,500 rebate, you can get a $1,000 down payment assistance bonus when financing through GM Financial. There’s also a $1,000 Bonus Tag on select inventory, but you may need to shop around a bit to find an eligible car tagged at your local dealer.

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 Gas Car Deals This Month

Toyota Yaris ia
  • Best Deal: $2,000 cashback
  • MSRP: From $17,935 w/Automatic
  • Expires: May 1, 2017
  • MPG (City/Hwy/Comb): 32/40/35

This month, cashback on the Yaris iA has been upped to $2,000 — the most we’ve seen to date. 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.

If you’re going to lease, the story is a bit different. Despite being one of the cheapest leases, the iA isn’t the best value due to a $20 payment cut on the 2017 Corolla SE. Both now feature the exact same lease of $149 for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. That’s despite a difference in MSRP of $3,619.

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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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
$235 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid LX Automatic $179 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$236 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid LX Automatic $153 24 12k $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 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Hybrid $219 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$281 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE Technology 600A $209 36 10.5k $2,589 Get Details
$291 2017 Lexus CT 200h Base $249 36 10k $1,499 Get Details
$295 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Premium $239 36 12k $1,999 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
$324 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Base CVT $249 36 12k $2,699 Get Details
$325 2017 Toyota Prius Two $269 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$335 2017 Toyota Prius v Two $279 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$338 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Base $249 36 12k $3,199 Get Details
$354 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L CVT $279 36 12k $2,699 Get Details
$365 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD $309 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$413 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring CVT $319 36 12k $3,399 Get Details
$431 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE (Southeast) $339 36 12k $3,299 Get Details
$520 2017 Lexus NX 300h Navigation 4x2 $409 36 10k $3,999 Get Details
$522 2017 Lexus ES 300h Premium $389 36 10k $4,799 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
$255 2017 Ford C-Max Energi SE $199 36 10.5k $1,999 Get Details
$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
$433 2017 Audi A3 e-tron Premium Plus $359 36 10k $2,653 Get Details
$509 2017 BMW 330e Base Sedan $389 36 10k $4,314 Get Details
$739 2017 BMW X5 eDrive xDrive40e $599 36 10k $5,024 Get Details
$941 2017 Volvo XC90 Hybrid T8 R-Design AWD $815 39 10k $4,915 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
$185 2016 Ford Focus Electric Base $129 36 10.5k $1,999 Get Details
$197 2016 Kia Soul EV EVe (CA only) $169 36 12k $999 Get Details
$227 2016 Kia Soul EV EV (CA only) $199 36 12k $999 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
$244 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SE 4dr Automatic $179 36 10k $2,349 Get Details
$247 2016 Kia Soul EV EV+ (CA only) $219 36 12k $999 Get Details
$255 2017 Kia Soul EV EV (CA only) $199 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$274 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- CA/OR/Northeast (GM Lease Loyalty) $274 39 15k $0 Get Details
$275 2017 Kia Soul EV EV+ (CA only) $219 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$285 2017 Nissan LEAF S (30 kWh) $229 36 12k $1,999 Get Details
$287 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- CA/OR/Northeast $274 39 15k $500 Get Details
$340 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- National (GM Lease Loyalty) $299 39 15k $1,609 Get Details
$353 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT- National $299 39 15k $2,109 Get Details
$372 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT (CA/OR/Northeast) $329 36 15k $1,559 Get Details
$406 2017 BMW i3 Base $289 36 10k $4,214 Get Details
$435 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT (National) $329 36 15k $3,809 Get Details
$447 2017 BMW i3 Base w/Range Extender $329 36 10k $4,254 Get Details
$464 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e Base $349 36 10k $4,143 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
$540 2017 BMW 328d i Sedan $419 36 10k $4,344 Get Details
$591 2017 BMW 328d xDrive SportsWagon $469 36 10k $4,394 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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