Leasing a car has become a reasonable option for many - it can be cheaper than financing a purchase, there are no worries about depreciation and you know you will be getting a new vehicle every X years. With the growing popularity of SUVs in the American market, more and more people are looking to lease an SUV for 2017. There are five of the best SUVs to lease in 2017: the Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Ford Flex, BMW X1, and Chevrolet Equinox.

Top 5 SUVs to Lease in 2017

  • Nissan Rogue
  • Subaru Forester
  • Ford Flex
  • BMW X1
  • Chevrolet Equinox

Nissan Rogue

The new 2017 Nissan Rogue is a refresh on 2016 - making the 2016 version a steal. The 2016 Rogue received Best In Class Vehicle Satisfaction - Mid-Size Crossover SUV from AutoPacific. If you don’t mind it being a pre-refresh last year’s model, then you can get a 2016 Rogue right now for a great deal. And the 2017 is likely to be a decent deal right now - especially as it comes with continuously variable transmission, active ride control and vehicle dynamic control. It’s quite the looker, too.


  • great deals on last year’s model
  • continuously variable transmission
  • vehicle dynamic control

Subaru Forester

A well-known compact SUV, the Forester has also been redesigned for 2017, so some dealers are offloading the 2016. But it’s the 2017 that is worth looking at. For those who care about the environment, Subaru uses zero-landfill manufacturing techniques and the 2017 Forester is classed as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, meeting the most stringent requirements and producing lower emissions than some hybrids. Add in EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and, on some levels, such things as steering responsive headlights (the car literally looks around bends), a heated steering wheel and memory seating and the Forester is well worth checking out.


  • zero-landfill manufacturing
  • partial zero emissions
  • steering responsive headlights

Ford Flex

The Ford Flex is a full-size crossover that comfortably seats seven, with best-in-class second and third row leg room (meaning adults can sit in the third row). It has a distinctive design, including a grille all of its own and, being a Ford, good torque and a reputation for reliability. With a variety of colors and trim levels (with two-tone exteriors available at the higher levels). One interesting available option is the VistaRoof, which is a multi-panel sun roof that allows for each row to decide whether they want it open or closed. This is an ideal tailgating vehicle, and options include active park assist, cross-traffic alert and intelligent all-wheel drive. The Flex is a great deal on a larger SUV with lots of space and a distinctive design.


  • comfortably seats seven
  • distinctive grille
  • multi-panel sun roof


Want a bit of luxury? There are deals on the X1, particularly the xDrive 28i, that make leasing this vehicle one of the cheapest ways to get into a BMW - and it’s a crossover. BMW does not call it a Sports Utility Vehicle - they call it a Sports Activity Vehicle. It has best in class cargo space, full-color heads-up display, and standard all-season run-flat tires. As it’s a BMW, it’s designed to be fun to drive and show off their advanced engineering. This is not the cheapest vehicle in this run-down, but it is definitely a good deal if you want or need that extra bit of luxury and great handling on slick or poor quality roads.


  • best in class cargo space
  • great handling on bad roads
  • full-color heads-up display

Chevrolet Equinox

Known for distinctive style and high fuel efficiency for its class, the Equinox is another vehicle on which you might be able to get a good deal on the 2016. The 2013 model was awarded Most Dependable Compact SUV, and it still remains a highly reliable vehicle with a chrome-accented dual-port grille, a great array of safety technologies and comfortable seats. The Equinox is designed to offer, as close as possible, SUV capabilities with car economy.


  • distinctive style
  • high fuel efficiency
  • most dependable


Whichever of these vehicles you choose, look for the best deal and hope to drive away for less. The best one depends on your personal needs.