Top new car lease and finance deals for August 2012

If you’re in the market to buy a new car this month, we suggest you shop the current manufacturer lease and finance incentives to see if a particular offer makes sense for you.  A wide array of both luxury and mainstream automotive brands are offering exceptional lease and finance deals as well as a couple cash-back offers during the month of August as automakers move away from large cash incentives and are focusing on special lease and finance offers to help move inventory off the lots.

Manufacturers typically offer promotional deals in the form of cash back (that can help increase your down payment) or low financing rates for a defined term. Meanwhile, particular leasing deals typically offer a combination of low down payment and low monthly payment for a nice short term to keep your out-of-pocket expenses minimal.

These lease and finance deals make August a great month to shop for a new car, so if you’re having a hard time choosing, perhaps these opportunities for savings will help you decide between a lower monthly lease payment or lower upfront and financing costs to get you into your next new car.

Top Lease Deals on New Cars – August 2012

2013 BMW 328i

$399/month for 36 months with $3,874 cash due at signing
Mileage allotment: 10,000 miles/year
Expires: 9/3/12

BMW combines luxurious comfort and performance into a package that’s become as popular to automotive enthusiasts as white shirts to stock brokers. Powered by a 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 240 horsepower and boasting 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, this rear-wheel drive sedan also claims EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, 24 mpg combined thanks largely to an efficient eight-speed transmission and auto start/stop technology.

2013 Acura ILX

$249/month for 39 months with $1,999 down
Mileage allotment:  10,000 miles/year
Expires: 9/4/12

Based off the Honda Civic and promising high value and sporty styling, the new four-door ILX is positioned as a gateway vehicle into the Acura brand. With successful 20- and 30-somethings moving into the luxury car ranks as the target customers, this lease offer is positioned to help them get into the driver’s seat. The entry-level ILX is powered by a 150-horsepower/2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine paired with a Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission and promises an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 24/32 mpg. Those looking for a more dynamic driving experience may want to step up to a 201-horsepower/2.4-liter engine mated to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission promising an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 20/29 mpg.

2012 Ford Fiesta SE

$149/month for 24 months with $2,158 down
Mileage allotment: 10,500 miles/year
Expires: 10/1/12

Ford introduced the Fiesta in 2011 touting its small size, fun packaging, and impressive fuel-efficiency numbers. Available in either hatchback or sedan variants, Ford’s Fiesta subcompact is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to your choice of standard five-speed manual or PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission, and boasts such fun amenities as interior lighting, pushbutton start, and the Sync connectivity system that pairs with your smart phone for navigation and infotainment. Fuel economy is rated at 29 mpg city and 39 mpg highway (or 33 combined) with the automatic. On top of all that, this already affordable car touts an extremely affordable lease offer.

2012 Honda CR-V

$320/month for 36 months with $0 down & $0 first month’s payment
Mileage allotment: 12,000 miles/year
Expires: 9/4/12

Honda makes it easy to lease its CR-V crossover utility vehicle thanks to nothing down and a free first payment. Popular thanks largely to Honda’s strong reputation for quality, the CR-V also offers five-passenger capacity, spacious and functional 37.2 cubic feet of storage behind the second row, and fuel economy rated at 23 city, 31 highway, and 26.8 combined miles per gallon.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

$309/month for 39 months with $2,499 down
Mileage allotment: 12,000 miles/year
Expires: 9/4/12

The Jeep Grand Cherokee hits the sweet spot of premium on-road performance and legendary Jeep off-road capability while also offering such luxuries as a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and premium wood and leather interior trim. Passenger safety is thanks to standard full-length side-curtain airbags as well as driver and passenger seat-mounted pelvic and thorax airbags. Its lease hits the sweet spot with an affordable cost of entry and a monthly payment cheaper than that of the much smaller CR-V.


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