Best deals on hybrid, electric, small, efficient cars for March 2016


2016 Smart ForTwo (European model)

2016 Smart ForTwo (European model)

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With spring just around the corner, it's once again time to look at the best deals on green cars.

And there are quite a few notable deals on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric cars, diesels, and fuel-efficient gasoline cars for March 2016.

We've gathered the best of them here for your consideration.

DON'T MISS: Plug-In electric car sales for Feb: winter doldrums continue

As always, head over to CarsDirect for more information.

2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco

2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco

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Hybrids

The redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius is now widely available, and is beginning to accumulate some notable incentives.

This month, Toyota added a $500 "Prius Family Loyalty Bonus" that applies to customers who drive other Prius "family" models.

That includes the Prius C subcompact, Prius V tall wagon, and the previous-generation Prius Plug-In Hybrid, as well as the standard hatchback model.

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The 2016 Prius also gets a $10 cut in lease payments, to $269 per month for 36 months.

That's with $1,999 due at signing an 12,000 miles per year. The offer lasts through April 4.

A hybrid from another Toyota brand also makes the list of notable deals this month.

2016 Lexus CT 200h

2016 Lexus CT 200h

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The 2016 Lexus CT 200h is available to lease at $299 for 36 months.

But what really makes it a good deal is that Lexus effectively cut the amount due at signing $500 to $999, thanks to a complimentary first-payment offer.

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This offer includes a 10,000-mile annual cap, and is valid through the end of the month.

Despite its luxury badging, this deal reduces the effective monthly lease cost of the CT 200h to just $2 more than the Prius, according to CarsDirect.

2016 Ford C-Max Energi

2016 Ford C-Max Energi

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Plug-in hybrids

With $8,757 in available lease discounts, the 2016 Ford C-Max Energi is the best deal among plug-in hybrids this month.

The Ford tall wagon can be leased at $149 per month for 36 months.

That's with $2,999 due at signing and an allowance of 10,500 miles per year, an offer that lasts through April 4.

Ford's other plug-in hybrid is also a pretty good deal this month.

2016 Ford Fusion Energi

2016 Ford Fusion Energi

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The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi shares its powertrain with the C-Max Energi, but has a mid-size sedan body.

It costs $10 more per month to lease than the C-Max, at $159 per month for 36 months.

The amount due at signing is a bit higher though, at $3,389.

This deal also comes with a 10,500-mile annual cap, and also lasts through April 4.

Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

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Electric cars

General Motors is beginning to supplement the limited-market 2016 Chevrolet Volt with a 2017 model available nationwide, but deals on both appear to be virtually identical.

Through March 14, there's a $1,000 "conquest" bonus available nationwide for anyone coming from a 1999 or newer non-GM vehicle.

In certain states, this can be combined with an additional $1,000 rebate.

States where that second rebate is offered include California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

However, the second-generation Volt can still be leased everywhere at $299 for 39 months, with a 15,000-mile annual cap.

2016 Kia Soul EV

2016 Kia Soul EV

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That's the same deal offered last month, and still includes a $500 bonus for shoppers coming from GM or certain competitor leases that effectively erases the down payment.

While the 2017 Volt is gradually rolling out nationwide, the 2016 Kia Soul EV is still only available in a handful of states.

For March, Kia cut the monthly lease payment $30, bringing it down to $199 per month.

The lease term is 36 months, with 12,000 miles per year.

This deal, which lasts through May 2, also includes a $1,999 down payment.


 
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