We found a stellar selection of factory fresh 2018 small cars and crossovers leasing through the end of January.

As the auto business settles down following the end-of-the-year sales frenzy, the posted lease deals we’re finding of factory-fresh 2018 models aren’t particularly as sweet as they’ve been in recent months on 2017 closeouts. You may be able to save a few bucks on the monthly payment and cash due at signing if there happens to be a 2017 model still left in a dealer’s inventory that meets your needs, but expect to find mostly oddball colors and/or feature combinations among whatever’s still lingering on the lot.

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Otherwise we found an admirable selection of 10 small cars and crossovers we're featuring in the accompanying slideshow leasing for between $139 and $179 a month, and with nominal down payments of $2,000-$3,000. We even found one full-electric car leasing at the low end of that range, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe at just $149 a month for 36 months with less than $1,500 due at signing. Sure, it only seats two passengers and its range on a charge is only around 58 miles, but it’s well worth it at this price even as only a cheap shuttle to and from the train station or for the kids to drive around town.

Of course, leasing versus buying a car outright, is not for everyone, particularly those who put on above average annual miles and/or who are hard on a vehicle, given the end-of-contract penalties for excess mileage and physical wear and tear. Be sure to read our post on the mechanics of leasing, and be sure to read all documents carefully before signing on the proverbial dotted line. And since lease deals often vary by region, be sure to check automakers’ websites under “special deals” or “local offers” to see what’s being offered where you live.

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