Top Picks: May Car Lease Deals

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra, Fiat 500, and Acura TSX make the cut

Eli Blueby Eli Blue

May's leases are shaping up to offer some of the hottest pre-summer deals in recent memory. From an up-and-coming commuter car, a perennial best compact candidate, and a luxury car,  the choices are as diverse as they are of value.

Here are our picks for May's best lease deals.

2012 Hyundai Elantra

$179/mo. for 36 months with $1999 due at signing

If you were to aggregate every ranking on the Web, The Elantra ranks anywhere from 1 to 3 against the crowded small car segment that includes perennials second year Chevy Cruze and Focus, the Elantra offers near class leading fuel economy (29/40 mph), a sculpted exterior, an IIHS Top Safety Pick award, and all around comfort on its base model with almost 15 cubic feet of cargo space, rivaling that of midsize sedans.

This deal expires on May 31.


2012 Hyundai Elantra

$199/mo for 42 months with $0 due at signing

One of the few $0 due at signing deals, the Fiat 500 is a dwindling also ran with only a funky a retro style, an IIHS pick, and 30/39 mpg going for it with mostly inferior options, including a historically weak engine (1.4 inline four cylinder for 101HP and a slightly better performer with the upgraded Abarth for 160HP), robotic handling, and limited front and rear head/leg room. If saving money is your primary consideration with a lease preferred, test drive the Fiat 500.

2012 Acura TSX

$299/mo. for 36 months with $1999 due at signing

$299 for an extra level compact sedan trumps the regular $300's paid for mid tier mid sizes like the Accord and Camry in most of the country with an absolute steal. The TSX is available with a base 2.4 liter four cylinder for 201HP or a 3.5 liter v6 FOR 280HP, albeit at the expense of fuel economy with a paltry 22/31 mpg rating. Look to the TSX's safety record (IIHS Top Safety pick) and powerful V6 choice to justify the awesome $299.