Depending on your personal circumstances, sometimes you’re better off looking at Best Cars to Lease. Higher residual values help consumers to reduce their monthly payment or obtain a more expensive vehicle. Since higher-priced cars generally are more profitable to dealerships, banks and credit companies, everyone wins with leases on those types of vehicles.

But do your shopping to ensure you get the best deal – and the right car – for your money. We’ve selected three Best Cars to Lease and provided comments from automotive experts. Use them as a starting point and go from there.

  • Mini Cooper Convertible – In its “Best Affordable Cars to Lease” list, Forbes says, “With a great residual value of 50 percent, the Cooper Convertible is a good candidate for leasing.” comments “Mini Cooper is a phenomenal car…when you consider its solid feel, cult status and high demand, Mini could price it higher than it does.” Edmunds calls it “stylish, fun to drive and remarkably good on gas,” although it has “fussy controls, puny backseat, poor outward visibility in convertible, stiff and noisy ride.”
  • Nissan Pathfinder Also on the Forbes “Best Affordable Cars to Lease” is the Nissan Pathfinder, which the magazine says has a residual value of 50 percent, “among the best of any midsize, truck-based sport utility vehicle.” Furthermore, editors say, “Even taking a long-range view, the leasing scenario is quite attractive vs. the pay-off-and-trade-in route.” U.S. News and World Report hails Pathfinder’s 7-passenger seating and versatile cargo space, powerful optional V8 engine, and excellent off-road capability, but pans sub-par braking, cramped second and third-row seats, and “unrefined on-road handling compared to competitors.”
  • BMW 335i Convertible – Forbes lists the BMW 335i Convertible in its “Best Luxury Cars to Lease,” saying the car’s “great resale value works out well for those who want to lease.” U.S. News and World Report hails the BMW 3-Series for “unparalleled balance and handling, sports car power in a sedan, and better-than-average long-term cost of ownership, even in an expensive class. U.S. News editors knock the car’s limited interior storage space and “some confusing electronic controls.” Edmunds says the “2009 BMW 3-Series is poised to remain America’s best-selling luxury car, and for good reason – it’s an honest-to-goodness driver’s car that’s nevertheless comfortable and stylish enough to appeal to a wide range of consumers.”

Other Best Cars to Lease include Audi A4 Cabriolet and RS4, Cadillac STS-V and DTS Performance, Chrysler 300, GMC Yukon Denali, Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento, Mercedes-Benz CLK Convertible, Toyota Highlander, and Volkswagen Eos.

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