Best Compact Cars Ranked by Lease Value

Best Compact Cars
– Ranked by Lease Value for January


For the month of January, the 2018 Subaru Impreza Sedan for only $169.00 with nothing down, like last month, is still the best deal, though it has gone up just a tad. This is an outstanding value. The LVR is just 0.93%. Not much else has changed. The only other notable deal is the Nissan Sentra with an average payment of $206.00 and LVR of 1.02%. 

Best Compact Cars

Rank Style PMT DOWN MSRP TERM TOTAL COST AVG LVR
1 2018 Subaru Impreza Sedan $185.00 $0.00 $19,855.00 42 $7,770.00 $185.00 0.93%
2 2017 Nissan Sentra SV $149.00 $2,050.00 $20,115.00 36 $7,414.00 $205.94 1.02%
3 2018 Kia Forte 2.0 LX $159.00 $1,840.00 $18,695.00 36 $7,564.00 $210.11 1.12%
4 2017 Kia Forte 2.0 LX $159.00 $1,840.00 $18,495.00 36 $7,564.00 $210.11 1.14%
5 2017 Honda Civic 2.0 LX $169.00 $1,830.00 $18,695.00 36 $7,914.00 $219.83 1.18%

Best Compact Cars Rating Scale

The best compact cars are priced in the $16,000 – $21,000 MSRP range. There are certainly smaller cars for less money that qualify for this category, but they typically do not lease as well as cars with higher MSRPs. The lower the MSRP, the lower the value. There is actually a point when it is actually less to lease a more expensive car. So, when considering compact cars, always compare to the latest deals in the Best Family Sedans segment. You can often lease a car that is $4,000 more for only $20.00 more per month. It pays to compare. The best small cars don’t always offer the best car leases based on our Lease Rating Formula: LVR.

Sub Compact Cars

There is no category for Sub Compact Cars. Due to their very low MSRP, sub compacts generally do not lease as well as compact cars and family sedans. Cheap small cars are generally better for a cash purchase or cheap 0% car loan. It is important to remember that economy cars have other benefits such as fuel economy, cheaper cash price, and significant MSRP discounts. Generally speaking, sub compact cars do not have great finance or loan incentives. This doesn’t mean you can’t still get a great deal on a subcompact or cheap economy car.

General Motors Owner Loyalty Rebates

As a footnote, General Motors often has loyalty rebates figured into their deals. The lease payments shown here include those rebates. It may cost you a little more if you’re not a current GM Lessee or Owner. Check with your dealer and always remember to negotiate for a better deal. One other thing to keep in mind with General Motors is that many of the compact cars such as the Chevy Cruz have lease deals which are tied into pre-ownership of a GM vehicle. In some cases these incentives even work in reverse where it pays off to trade-in a non-GM brand. Always read the fine print to make sure you are getting the very best lease offer they have to offer.

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