Here's 10 factory-fresh 2018 models with payments as cheap as $139 a month with as little as $1,999 due at signing.

Though automakers are revving up their year-end promotions to help dealers sweep their inventories clear of leftover 2017 models, we’re focusing our lease deals for December on factory-fresh 2018 vehicles, all going out the door with payments no higher than $179 a month. That comes to around six bucks a day – less than a fast-food feed – for a brand-new car. And if you can settle for last year’s inventory and still find what you like in stock, you may be able to shave a few bucks off our recommended models’ monthly payments and the amount due at signing.

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Of note to those who prefer not to dig into their savings to make a down payment, Volkswagen is holding its “Sign Then Drive” promotion through January 2nd, with $0 down and $0 for the first month’s payment on the Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Atlas models. Monthly payments are higher, however, than with conventional deals in which the lessee comes up with at least a nominal down payment. 

As always, the best lease deals are typically reserved for “well qualified” lessees having top credit scores; those with tainted histories will usually be required to make a higher down payment and/or be charged a higher interest rate. Be sure to read the fine print and make sure you fully understand a lease agreement’s terms – particularly with regard to annual mileage limits and the penalties for exceeding them.

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Monthly payments quoted in our list of top deals are generally for base trim levels and do not include any additional options, taxes or registration fees. Cash due at signing includes the down payment and first month’s lease payment. Dealer participation may vary. Finally, since advertised deals may be vary by region, check with automakers’ websites to see what promotions are being offered at local dealerships.

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