IDK- it seems like Mazda could have tweaked it a bit to optimize the EPA MPG test results for better advertising numbers (which would have sold more cars).
But then again- cars tweaked to get great EPA mpg (hwy) estimates tend to drive worse for it.
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hoyalawyr, there was a similar thread posted the other day by someone also looking for a lease at $200 per month. You might find some good info in that thread too, here is the link: Need TCL brains for an emergency purchase/lease!
Good luck in your new car search!
FYI, manufacturer advertised lease deals are typically the same as manufacturer advertised purchase prices, AKA there is still plenty of room for negotiation. If they're advertising $249/mo and $2k down, there's probably plenty of room to work that down, maybe even to $249/mo and 0 down or less depending on the dealer and the car.
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Ive been looking to lease something as a company car for a few months. I'll outline some of the things I have found.
Sign and drive offers(like he honda one above) still require out of pocket money. read the bottom of the ad. There's $1000 of fees to get to the $199 number.
Keep in mind that insurance cost could go up significantly. Adding full coverage to the leased/financed car could be a big expense. This is whats keeping me from pulling the trigger. My 3 cars have liability insurance only. Adding a new vehicle with full coverage will add $100 per month to my insurance
Local taxes? If I lease a new car in my companies name, I pay the full personal property tax rate here in VA. On a new golf, thats $700 for the first year. Slightly less as the car depreciates.
I worked out 2 true 0 down deals on VWs. I got the golf down to 262 and the jetta to 208. I was suprised by the insurance jump and personal property tax expense. Thats really what kept me from purchasing.
Im now looking at Certified Pre-Owned vehicles to see if I can make that work.
"Due at signing" means that's what you need to write the check for to leave with the car, at that advertised payment. I personally advertise "Due at signing" for the most part so people know what they're actually getting into, as nobody knows what the bank fee is, how much is the security deposit, etc.
I'm averaging an honest 39.5 in a 2012 Accent 6-speed manual sedan. MotorTrend just put it in the number 1 slot in their latest comparo test. It's comfortable, totally adequate, and still quick enough (7.8 0-60 M/T - motortrend), and a 40mpg average is saving me $170/mo over driving my 4runner (~1300mi/mo). I'd guess that's more than it would cost you to lease the car! (I bought rather than leased). Oh, and of course, killer warranty to boot.