Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for September 2018

This month’s best deals list includes a newcomer among plug-in hybrids. That could be a great thing for buyers who want the best deal along with the latest technologies. now focus the list of best deals on models that are widely available, not “compliance cars” available only in token quantities in select locations. Experts expect regulatory changes this year to bring a wider selection of electric and plug-in models to states outside of California. New models are also expected to arrive with longer-range batteries, as well as some electric SUVs.  Some buyers may be better off waiting for those longer range electric cars and SUVs.

For those who need a car now, or who just want a more efficient hybrid, plug-in, or conventional car, read on.

Electric car

2018 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is the granddaddy of modern electric cars. As such, it often offers the best deals among widely available electric models. This month, lessees interested in a Leaf can drive home a base S model for $219 a month for three years and 36,000 miles, after putting down $3,979 at signing. That represents a huge $10,025 lease discount (the same as last month). Counting the up-front payment, that amounts to an effective cost of $330 a month, about $70 less than a Chevy Bolt EV. California buyers and current Leaf owners may be eligible for even steeper discounts.

The deal isn’t quite as good on higher trim levels. The Leaf SL gets only an $8,400 discount. The Leaf deals end Oct. 1.

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