Consumers looking for the best luxury cars to lease have numerous choices in today’s competitive marketplace. As always, however, it pays to do your homework and shop the best deal. Some of the best lease deals are currently in the premium midsize category, generally priced between $25,000 and $40,000. And there’s a lot to love about these luxury cars as well.

Our top three picks for Best Luxury Cars to Lease include top-ranked cars on the automotive experts’ lists.

  • Infiniti G37AOL Autos highlights Infiniti G37 in its February Best Lease Deals noting the “total lease cost of a 2009 G37 is about $500 less than it was last summer and $900 less than … last spring.” AOL lists a 39-month lease payment of $349/month with $4,999 due at signing. U.S. News and World Report lists 2010 Infiniti G37 as #2 in Upscale Midsize Cars, hailing “sexy exterior” and “elegant interior,” refined V6, and sharp cornering, “even sharper with available four-wheel steering.” Consumer Guide notes “G37’s performance, space and available all-wheel drive make it an excellent alternative to rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz…teamed with prices that undercut those rivals,” and names 2010 Infiniti G37 a Best Buy. CG editors mention rear-seat entry/exit as a negative.
  • Cadillac CTSAlso on AOL Autos’ February Best Lease Deals, the Cadillac CTS comes in at $369/month for 39-month term with $5,844 due at signing. U.S. News and World Report says, “Competitive with the best entry-level luxury cars in the world, it’s fun to drive and stylish inside and out.” Car and Driver names CTS to its 10Best Cars for 2010 (the third consecutive year CTS made the list), saying it’s “maybe the best American car ever made.” CTS downsides include front seats that could use more support, stiff manual transmission for some drivers, and expensive when loaded with options.
  • BMW 3-SeriesU.S. News and World Report singles out the BMW 3-Series as #1 in Upscale Midsize Cars for its “unparalleled balance and handling…powerful engines [and] strong crash test scores,” while noting limited interior storage space, firm suspension that won’t appeal to some, and a few confusing electronic controls. Consumer Guide names it a Best Buy, saying “With dynamic capabilities second to none, the 3-Series remains our benchmark for premium compacts.” Car and Driver names 3-Series to its 10Best list for the 19th consecutive year. Automotive.com lists lease rates at 6.0 percent per month for 24- and 36-month terms. Other BMW models (M6, X6 and 6-Series) offer lower lease rates, so it may be wise to check them out as well.

Other contenders for Best Luxury Cars to Lease include Acura TL, Audi A4, Hyundai Genesis, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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