SUVs have surpassed sedans as America’s favorite new vehicles. Manufacturers have responded with lease deals this August to get you into one of these versatile rides before summer’s end. Some have low or no initial payments, and the deals span the market from economy models to sports cars in SUV clothing.
While some of the zero-due-at-signing lease deals from July have gone away, others have cropped up with initial payments of $2,500 or less and lower monthly payments than the zero-down offer. There’s an offer on the Chevy Tahoe with only $2,179 due at lease inception, and a Subaru Crosstrek offer with just $889 due at signing. Mazda still has a CX-5 lease deal with zero due at signing and no first month’s payment.
Before you sign on the dotted line, you should check out our advice on avoiding the five most common leasing mistakes and stay up to date on our rankings of the best SUVs and best new car lease deals. Many of these deals expire around Labor Day, so you can’t get started on your shopping soon enough.
*Some deals are regional and may not be available in your market.
2016 Acura MDX
Deal: $409 per month for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing (Details below)
The 2016 Acura MDX currently holds the No. 8 slot of 21 in our rankings of luxury midsize SUVs (tied with the 2016 Volvo XC90). However, with a refreshed 2017 model right around the corner, Acura is offering a good lease deal to move the remaining 2016s off their lots.
The MDX lease deal’s payments are $409 per month for three years with $2,999 due at signing. If you opt for an MDX with all-wheel drive, the payments and the term stay the same, but you’ll pay an extra $500 at signing.
With a base price of $43,015, the MDX is considered a good value in the segment. Fully loaded, it’s around $60,000, which is less than many competitor’s top trims. The MDX comes with a 3.5-liter V6 mated to an efficient and smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. It was our 2016 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money award winner and a finalist for our Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families award.
2016 Audi Allroad
Deal: $439 per month for 36 months with $2,984 due at signing (Central region) (Details below)
The Audi Allroad neatly bridges the gap between a station wagon and a compact luxury SUV. It has the profile of a wagon, yet the all-wheel drive capability, bolder look, and slightly increased ride height of a crossover. It’s a formula that has done well for the Subaru Outback.
This August, you can lease a 2016 Audi Allroad 2.0T Quattro Premium model for $439 per month for three years with $2,984 due at signing in some parts of the country. It’s currently ranked No. 4 in our wagon segment.
The Allroad comes standard with all-wheel drive, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Though its cargo capacity lags that of others in the class, the interior features upscale materials and excellent build quality.
2016 BMW X3
Deal: $359 per month for 36 months with $4,284 due at signing (Details below)
Snag a lease deal on the 2016 BMW X3 sDrive28i crossover this August and you’ll save $40 per month over what a lease costs on the nearly identical 2017 model. You’ll pay $359 per month for three years with $4,284 due at signing on the 2016.
If you prefer all-wheel drive, the X3 xDrive28i is available for $389 per month for three years with $4,314 due at signing. The X3 holds a high ranking in the luxury compact SUV segment with nimble handling, a strong selection of engines, an upscale interior, and more cargo room than many rivals.
2016 Buick Encore
Deal: $149 per month for 39 months with $4,626 due at signing (Details below)
Although the amount due at signing is a steep $4,626, the $149 monthly payment may make the 2016 Buick Encore’s lease deal a great deal for you, especially if you’re trading a vehicle that would cover the initial cost. Buick’s clearing the lots for the 2017 Encore.
The Encore was one of the first entries in the growing subcompact SUV market, and it continues to have one of the richest interiors in the segment. Its small size makes it great for running around urban areas, though it lacks the cargo space for long family excursions. Despite its age, it currently holds the No. 4 slot in our rankings of subcompact SUVs.
The base engine is a bit weak, but Buick introduced an optional stronger version in 2016 to address the shortcoming. A refreshed 2017 model is due at dealerships in the coming months.
2017 Cadillac XT5
2017 is the first model year for the Cadillac XT5, which replaces the midsize luxury SRX crossover in their lineup. This August, you can lease a new XT5 with the Luxury Preferred Equipment Group for $429 per month for 39 months with $4,579 due at signing.
There is one caveat to this deal, though; despite the lease being a longer term than many available (39 months vs. 36 months), Cadillac has placed a lower-than-average 32,500-mile limit on the lease deal. After you reach that limit, an excess mileage charge of 25 cents per mile kicks in.
The XT5 is currently tied with the Mercedes-Benz GLE for the No. 12 slot in our rankings of luxury midsize SUVs. That puts it about mid-pack in the segment. Base price for the XT5 is $38,995, which is lower than average for its peer group.
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
Deal: $599 per month for 39 months with $2,179 due at signing (Details below)
Need a tough, truck-based SUV that can tow an RV or boat with plenty of space inside for up to eight passengers? The 2016 Chevy Tahoe may be the large SUV that you’re looking for, and this August, you can get a Tahoe lease deal to bring one home.
The offer is $599 per month for 39 months with $2,179 due at signing on a Tahoe LT. Like the Cadillac XT5, the Chevy lease deal has a low mileage cap, so if you have a lot of road trips planned, you might look for alternatives.
The Tahoe holds the top spot in our rankings of full-size SUVs, owing to its class-leading upscale interior and potent 355-horsepower V8. Properly equipped, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,600 pounds.
2016 Honda CR-V
Deal: $199 per month for 36 months with $2,599 due at signing (Details below)
This August, you can lease U.S. News and World Report’s top-ranked compact SUV for $199 per month for three years with a reasonable $2,599 due at signing. The 2016 Honda CR-V continues to win customers in the growing segment with excellent cargo space and fuel economy ratings.
The CR-V earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Its predicted reliability rating is above average, so if you opt to buy your CR-V at the end of the lease, you can expect it to have a long life ahead of it.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
Deal: $279 per month for 24 months with $2,449 due at signing on Santa Fe (Details below)
Hyundai’s largest crossover is available this August with an excellent lease deal with payments of $289 per month for two years with $2,449 due at signing. The Santa Fe has been refreshed for 2017 and is in a six-way tie for the No. 6 slot in our midsize SUV rankings.
While the Santa Fe doesn’t have the best cargo space in the class, it does have sufficient power to tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. For 2017, it’s available with a host of advanced electronic safety and driver assistance aids. All Santa Fe’s come with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is a great advantage if you choose to buy your Santa Fe at the end of the lease.
The smaller Santa Fe Sport can be leased for $249 per month for two years with $2,449 due at signing.
2016 Jeep Cherokee
Deal: $169 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing (Southeast) (Details below)
If you live in the Southeast, you can get a great three-year lease deal this August on the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Latitude, with payments of $169 per month with only $1,999 due at signing. Customers in the rest of the country pay $239 per month with $2,999 due at signing.
Properly optioned, the Cherokee is one of the most capable off-road vehicles in the compact SUV class, where it is tied with the Toyota RAV4 for the No. 12 slot. Plusses for the Cherokee include a nicely designed interior with quality finishes throughout and an intuitive infotainment system. However, you’ll want to weigh them against the Cherokee’s lack of cargo room and low predicted reliability rating.
The base engine in the Cherokee is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, but you can opt for a much stronger V6. The Cherokee is one the few compact SUVs with a V6 engine option.
2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Sport
Deal: $279 per month for 36 months with zero due at signing and no first month's payment(Details below)
You can pull a 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 with front-wheel drive and an automatic transmission into your garage this August without making a payment until next month. Mazda’s offering our No. 3-ranked compact SUV for $279 per month for three years with nothing due at signing and no first month’s payment.
The Mazda CX-5 carries the brand’s sporty DNA, with agile handling and a fun-to-drive spirit. That’s not to say that the base CX-5 has great power – you’ll want to step up to the optional 2.5-liter engine to get that. However, the base engine does get excellent fuel economy estimates for the class, and it’s one of few compact SUVs offered with a manual transmission.
The CX-5 seats four adults comfortably, with the center rear seat best reserved for kids. CX-5 pricing starts at $21,795.
2017 Porsche Macan
Deal: $699 per month for 36 months with $3,999 due at signing (Details below)
The 2016 Porsche Macan claimed a spot at the top of the competitive luxury compact SUV rankings, though recently it’s been joined by the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace. This August, you can get the 2017 Macan for $699 per month for three years with $3,999 due at signing.
The Macan is the SUV for people who want the heart of a sports car in a more versatile package. That performance and the Porsche moniker come at a price, though, with the Macan starting at about $10,000 more than the other sporty players in the segment like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. That base price also makes the Macan’s lease deal more expensive than its peers'.
The base twin-turbocharged engine cranks out 340 horsepower, and an even more-potent mill is available – a twin-turbo V8 that produces 400 horsepower.
2016 Subaru Crosstrek
Deal: $239 per month for 36 months with $889 due at signing (Details below)
If you don’t have a ton of cash to put into your new ride at lease inception, you should look at the SUV lease deal available this August on the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. You’ll only have to pay $889 at lease signing, with monthly payments of $239 for three years.
The Crosstrek earns a place in the lower tier of U.S. News & World Report’s subcompact SUV rankings due to subpar cargo room and an underpowered engine. It does somewhat redeem itself with a high level of standard equipment, including a backup camera and an infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touch screen.
All-wheel drive is standard on the Crosstrek. Power comes from a horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, which is mated to either a manual or continuously variable transmission. Pricing starts at $21,595.
Not all the lease deals in the SUV and crossover segments are listed here. For a more comprehensive listing, head over to our new car lease deals page for a guide to the offers available across the market. For the latest in new and used car buying and leasing advice, be sure to follow the expert staff of U.S. News & World Report on Facebook and Twitter.