Most people don’t realize this, but January is a very popular month for leasing vehicles. The New Year usually brings new needs and breeds a time for change. This makes January the perfect time to start a new lease. It also works out with many people’s tax returns now that technology has given us such wonders as e-file and direct deposit. If you’re looking for a new lease for the New Year, here are the best car lease deals for January 2012.

Ford

Ford has only one deal worth taking advantage of for the month of January, but it is on the award-winning Focus:

2012 Ford Focus                     $199/mo. for 24 months with $2,126 due at signing

Chrysler

Dodge doesn’t have a plethora of anything, but the Chrysler deals aren’t bad at all:

2012 Dodge Charger              $319/mo. for 36 months with $2,499 due at signing

2012 Chrysler 200                   $199/mo. for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing

2012 Chrysler 300                   $339/mo. for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing

Honda

Honda isn’t wasting any time throwing out the incentives, which goes a long way towards showing how deep the competition is growing among Asian competitors. Not only are they offering $0 down, but you don’t pay the first month either.

2012 Honda Accord Sedan                $250/mo. for 35 months with $0 first month’s payment and $0 due at lease signing

2012 Honda Civic Sedan                    $230/mo. for 35 months with $0 first month’s payment and $0 due at lease signing

2012 Honda Crosstour                        $340/mo. for 35 months with $0 first month’s payment and $0 due at lease signing

Hyundai

Take your pick from the entire line of Hyundai if you’re looking for a great lease deal, but these are the best from compact to luxury, respectively:

2012 Hyundai Accent                         $169/mo. for 36 months with $1,699 due at signing

2012 Hyundai Elantra                         $179/mo. for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing

2012 Hyundai Sonata                         $199/mo. for 36 months with $2,599 due at signing

2012 Hyundai Genesis                        $399/mo. for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing

Toyota

If you want to try out the most reliable brand in the world, you can start by looking at the following models:

2011 Toyota Avalon                           $329/mo. for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing

2012 Toyota Camry SE                      $239/mo. for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing

2012 Toyota Venza                             $269/mo. for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing

Kia

Kia is throwing their hat in the ring to be one of the best Asian brands available, sporting one of the best warranties in the industry and upping their quality with every model year. Here are some of their best lease deals:

2012 Kia Sorento LX                         $239/mo. for 39 months with $2,999 due at signing

2012 Kia Forte LX                             $169/mo. for 39 months with $1,999 due at signing

2012 Kia Optima LX                          $189/mo. for 39 months with $2,499 due at signing

2012 Kia Rio LX                                $159/mo. for 39 months with $1,999 due at signing

Nissan

Nissan is the quiet competitor of the Asian market, but it’s the quiet ones you have to watch, or so they say. The best lease offerings from the silent ones include:

2012 Nissan Altima                            $179/mo. for 24 months with $2,999 due at signing

2012 Nissan Maxima S                       $279/mo. for 39 months with $2,999 due at signing

2012 Nissan Sentra                             $169/mo. for 39 months with $1,999 due at signing

Mazda

Mazda is going a long way toward becoming a style pioneer, but the quality has been in question in recent years. If you’re looking to test out a model, here are some you can lease at decent prices:

2012 Mazda MAZDA3 Sedan           $186/mo. for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing (which includes 1st month’s payment)

2012 Mazda MAZDA5 Sport                        $279/mo. for 36 months with $2,874 due at signing (which includes 1st month’s payment)

2012 Mazda MAZDA6 i Sport          $218/mo. for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing (which includes 1st month’s payment)

2012 Mazda Miata                              $289/mo. for 36 months with $3,384 due at signing (which includes 1st month’s payment)

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