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People like luxury cars and SUVs for more than their comfort. These models tend to have strong engines, more advanced technology features and deft handling. But many who appreciate these higher-end automobiles might doubt they could ever afford one. Doubt no more. This summer, there are a number of luxury cars and SUVs with very good lease deals that offer payments under $400 per month, with down payments only slightly more than you might expect from more lower-priced vehicles.

Deals on the following BMW and Mercedes-Benz models expire July 31. Acura, Cadillac and Lexus deals are good through at least the end of August.

2015 Acura TLX

Named our Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money, the 2015 Acura TLX wins praise for a bounty of standard features and a quiet cabin. You can lease the base model for $299 a month for 36 months with $2,799 due at signing. For $309 a month and $2,999 down, you can step up to the V6 engine.

2015 Acura RDX

If spacious rear seating matters to you, consider the 2015 Acura RDX. Praised for its base V6 engine, this SUV is available for $339 per month for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing.

2015 BMW 2-Series

The 2015 BMW 228i convertible is an athletic car that reviewers praised for its turbocharged base engine. Lease it this month for $379 per month for 36 months with $4,174 due at signing.

2015 BMW 3-Series

Critics appreciate the 2015 BMW 320i sedan for its balance of acceleration, exceptional comfort and agile handling. You can lease it for $269 per month for 36 months with $4,064 due at signing.

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2015 Cadillac ATS

Available as a sedan or coupe, the 2015 Cadillac ATS earns reviewers appreciation for its superior handling. Lease the sedan for $269 per month for 36 months with $2,659 due at signing, or the coupe for $339 per month for 36 months with $3,879 due at signing.

2015 Cadillac CTS

Winner of our 2015 Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families, automotive writers love the CTS' attractive interior and crisp handling. Lease it for $399 per month for 36 months with $4,539 due at signing.

2015 Lexus RX 350

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 won our Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money award and our Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families award. The ride is remarkably smooth and there is abundant cargo space, according to the automotive press. You can lease the all-wheel drive model for $399 per month for 36 months with between $1,949 and $2,999 due at signing, depending where you live.

2015 Lexus NX

The Lexus NX is a crossover SUV that rides smoothly and wraps you in a modern, attractive cabin, critics say. Depending where you live, your 36-month lease will be between $359 and $389 per month with between $1,999 and $3,699 due at signing.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

For those who want an athletic-handling crossover SUV with a powerful engine, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is a good SUV to consider, according to reviewers. You can lease it for $329 per month for 36 months with $3,623 due at signing.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Reviewers find the C250’s interior among the best in its class, and its base engine very powerful. We named it our 2015 Best Upscale Small Car for Families, and you can lease it for $359 per month for 36 months with $4,353 due at signing.

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