A new year has begun, and it has prompted many to consider what are the best car lease deals of the month? We have the answer for you, and here’s one reason we believe our answer is superior to what others will tell you — many who identify the best lease deals of the month frankly don’t know very much about cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. What they can spot is a low monthly payment. But as you know, the cheapest product isn’t not typically the best product. The product that has been put on sale and is being sold at a discount is very often not a good value. It’s just cheap.
At Driving Today, we approach identifying the best car lease deals differently than many others. First, we identify the best overall vehicle 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 on quality, safety and convenience, we think you will be best-served by this approach. Recently we identified the 10 Best Car Buys of 2019. That list has helped us construct our list of the lease deals that are the very best values this month:
We named the Volkswagen Jetta Driving Today’s Small Car Best Buy, and that might come as a surprise. It’s not because the new Jetta isn’t great — it is — but because it isn’t that small. That is one of the many virtues of the all-new Jetta sedan — it offers substantial interior space. And who doesn’t want more space in their “small car?” The Jetta’s fit, finish and all-around performance exceeded our expectations and outclassed key competitors. It’s more fun to drive than its price tag suggests with its 147-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic. 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 automatic transmission for $169 a month over the course of a 36-month lease. A total of $2,499 is due at signing, including the first month’s payment.
One of the Chevrolet Traverse’s biggest advantages in its incredibly popular segment is its carrying capacity. It is roomier than most of the vehicles in its class, a key reason 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. Right now an ultra low-mileage lease is being offered. The terms are $299 per month for 36 months with $4,799 due at signing. That is a big initial payment, but if you are currently leasing a 2012 model year or newer non-General Motors vehicle, the initial payment drops to a more manageable $3,799 due at signing. Total mileage for the three-year period is 30,000 miles.
Small crossovers are exceedingly popular now, and the Best Buy this year — the Kia Sportage — is now being offered with a very attractive lease. In a segment that includes top-performers like the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR, the Sportage stands out for its build quality, reliability and cheeky driving demeanor. With the base 2.4-liter four cylinder engine, the Sportage feels powerful enough, but with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four and its 59 additional horsepower, its acceleration can be addictive. The interior is attractively designed and ergonomically correct, and Kia ladles on equipment. We like the availability of upscale touches like heated and power-ventilated front seats. The 2019 Sportage LX model is currently being offered at $189 per month for 39 months with $3,704 due at signing. Again, the first month’s lease payment is included in the cash due at signing.
With a versatile interior that can accommodate up to seven, the Chrysler Pacifica can be modestly equipped with a commensurate modest price tag or it can be equipped 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, which moved us to name it our Driving Today Minivan Best Car Buy of the Year. If you opt for an up level Pacifica you will be greeted with luxury-car amenities. Through the end of January the very well-equipped 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus is being offered for $389 per month for 36 months. A total of $3,999 is due at signing.
All of these offers 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. Use this as a guide, and then check current lease offers in your area.