Buying a green car leads to savings on fuel, but saving money on the car itself is good too.
Like any other models, manufacturers sometimes offer discounts or special lease deals that can make buying a hybrid, diesel, or plug-in electric vehicle more attractive.
So far, April is shaping up to be a good month for those deals.
As automakers announce their April incentives, several good deals on different models of diesel, hybrid, and electric cars are emerging, according to Cars Direct.
One of those deals is for one of the lowest-priced hybrids, the subcompact Toyota Prius C.
2015 Toyota Prius C
Buyers in the applicable California markets have until May 4 to take advantage of the offer.
Meanwhile, the 2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is now available for lease at $359 per month for 39 months, with $3,599 due at signing and a cap of 10,000 miles per year.
That's made possible by $3,500 in unadvertised lease discounts on the luxury sedan. The offer expires June 30.
On the cheaper end of the spectrum, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets a $4,000 discount--plus an additional $1,000 for trading in a competitor--through April 30.
It's likely Hyundai is looking to clear inventory in advance of the redesigned 2016 Sonata Hybrid, which goes on sale later this year.
2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
In addition to these temporary offers, Ford cut the base prices of its 2016 Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid by $900.
As gas prices rise and fall, hybrid prices tend to fluctuate more than those of electric cars, so we may see more discounted models if fuel prices remain low.
The 2015 Chevrolet Volt is about to be replaced with an all-new 2016 model, and GM is dialing up the discounts accordingly.
From now through April 30, drivers can lease a Volt for $299 a month for 39 months, with $1,449 due at signing and a cap of 10,000 miles per year.
Transitioning from the extended-range Volt to all-electric cars, the best current deal is reportedly on the 2015 Fiat 500e.
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.
The Fiat is available to lease at $139 for 36 months, with $1,999 due at signing and 12,000 miles per year.
This offer--which expires April 4--not quite as good as the circumstances that triggered a "feeding frenzy" of 500e purchases last month.
That saw cars leased for as little as roughly $83 per month, but the current offer may be the next best thing for the 500e.
Meanwhile, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV is available to lease at $189 for 39 months with 10,000 miles per year.
This deal--which expires April 30--also comes with no money down on the Chevy.
Note that both the 500e and Spark EV are low-volume compliance cars, available only in limited numbers and built to satisfy California's zero-emission vehicle mandate.
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Limited Edition
The Fiat is only sold in California, and Oregon, while the electric Chevy is available in those states and Maryland.
However, the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Limited Edition is more widely available.
From now through April 30, it's available to lease at $229 per month for 36 months, with $2,349 due at signing and 10,000 miles per year.
Note that the Limited Edition is the cheaper of the two e-Golf trim levels. It was introduced last month to supplement the glitzier SEL Premium.
Diesel deals include a new lease offer for the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI in mid-level Lux trim.
2015 Volkswagen Touareg
Through April 30, the SUV can be leased at $559 for 36 months, with $2,999 due at signing and 10,000 miles per year.
Another Volkswagen model--the 2015 Jetta TDI S with automatic transmission--gets a good lease deal for the end of the month.
You can lease the base Jetta TDI model at $219 a month for $36 months, with $1,899 due at signing and 12,000 miles per year.
Finally, the 2015 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon is available to lease at $439 per month for 36 months, with $4,324 due at signing and a cap of 10,000 miles per year.
The lease deal for this all-wheel drive station wagon expires April 30.