The start of summer means the current model year is in its home stretch to the wire, and that means bargains are out there to be had before another model year begins. If you’re in a shopping mood, the season has probably prompted the question what are the best car lease deals of the month. At Driving Today it is our job to have the answer for you, and, if you will, let us take a moment to explain why we believe our list of the best lease deals is superior to others.
The fact is many websites that create lists of what they call the best lease deals of the month are staffed by people who don’t have the experience and expertise in cars, trucks, vans and SUVs that we at DT do. They can spot a low monthly payment, but a low monthly payment does not guarantee a good deal. As you well know, the cheapest product is often not the best product. If a product has been put on sale and is being sold at a steep discount very often the product isn’t very good compared to the competition.
We approach identifying the best car lease deals differently based on this fact. Instead of spying the lowest monthly payment as our first step we identify the best overall value model in each of several important segments. Then we report to you what the current lease deal is. Unless you are so concerned about price that you are willing to give up the best quality, safety and convenience, we think this approach will give you a much better result over the course of your lease. Our highly regarded 10 Best Car Buys of 2019 list chosen by our expert DT panel of car testers and evaluators has helped us construct the following roundup of the lease deals that are the very best values this month.
Let’s kick things off with an extremely popular and versatile crossover sport-utility — the Chevrolet Traverse. One of its biggest advantages is its carrying capacity. It is roomier than most of the vehicles in its segment, and that was just one of the reasons we named it the Family SUV Best Car Buy of the Year. Completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, it still looks fresh as a 2019 and should look great for years to come. Right now an ultra low-mileage lease is being offered. The terms are $329 per month for 36 months with $4,609 due at signing. That is a big initial payment, but if you are currently leasing a 2014 model year or newer non-General Motors vehicle the initial payment drops to a more manageable $3,109 due at signing. Total mileage for the three-year period is 30,000 miles.
The Volkswagen Jetta won the prestigious honor as Driving Today’s Small Car Best Buy, and one reason — oddly enough — is because it isn’t all that small. Instead the Jetta offers what we consider to be the most usable interior space in the segment. In a sea of me-too lookalikes, the Jetta also offers its own European-inspired exterior and interior style. The Jetta’s fit, finish and all-around performance outclass key competitors. With its 147-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine the Jetta offers a nice balance of fun-to-drive and ride comfort. Its current lease deal is an especially good one, compared to lease offers of just a month or so ago. The 2019 Jetta 1.4T S with manual transmission is available for $189 a month over the course of a 39-month lease. A fee of $2,499 is due at signing, a shift from VW’s previous deal that required no upfront payment, no security deposit and no first-month payment — but its monthly payment was $259. If the manual transmission throws you, you can get a version of the Jetta with an 8-speed automatic transmission for just $10/month more.
Yes, we live in the crossover SUV era, but there is something amazingly practical about our Best Buy among minivans this year, the Chrysler Pacifica. Incredibly versatile, it can be modestly equipped with a commensurate modest price tag or it can be outfitted with a variety of bells, whistles and 20-speaker audio. Even those who don’t buy the top-of-the-line model get a lot of family-friendly stuff. And if you opt for a pricier Pacifica you will be rewarded with luxury-car amenities. In some areas of the country the very nicely equipped 2019 Chrysler Pacifica LX is being offered for as low as $354 per month for 36 months. A total of $4,549 is due at signing.
The 2019 Ford Expedition full-size SUV offers equipment additions and tweaks that make it an even better value than the well-received, all-new 2018 version. It provides families generous interior space, a heavy dose of connectivity and smart new technology. Ford claims the Expedition has best-in-class second- and third-row legroom. The powertrain uses a 400-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission for better-than-you’d-expect fuel economy and impressive towing capability. In many areas across the country a rear-drive Ford Expedition XLT is being offered for $479 per month over the course of a 36-month lease. The upfront payment is substantial — $6,479 — but the Expedition is the class of the segment right now.
If your family doesn’t require a vehicle the size of the Expedition, you might consider the Best Buy among small SUVs this year — the Kia Sportage. It is now being offered with a very attractive lease. The 2019 Sportage LX model with all-wheel-drive is currently $169 per month for 24 months with $3,656 due at signing. The first month’s lease payment is included in the payment due when you initiate the lease.
The offers described above are representative of lease offers that are available across the country. It should be noted that lease offers are often regional, meaning that the terms might differ and that some offers might not be available in some regions. Individual dealer lease offers might also differ from those noted here. Use this as a guide, and then check current lease offers in your area before you go to the dealership.