Sports cars don't need to sit all winter. Just look how we keep our long-term Corvettes, Caymans, and Mustangs on the road all through Michigan winters. Admittedly, we're not like most owners, who park their expensive toys and put a less special vehicle into the salty slush. But the off season can be the best time to strike a deal. I bought my Jaguar F-type in January, when no one on Long Island had any desire for a rear-wheel-drive coupe with summer tires and four inches of ground clearance. We say: Suck it up and get shopping.
We've included a wide swath of hardtop sports cars, plus a couple of sports sedans, one convertible, and a hatch with three asymmetrical doors. Most are rear-wheel drive and come standard with summer tires that you should absolutely swap the moment you drive off (if it snows where you live). You've always said you'd drive something fun, so why wait?
But first, read our guide to learn if leasing a car is right for you. We've covered everything that may get glossed over in the showroom: advertising fees, money factors, residuals, legal implications, and all the other fine print that could cost you thousands more than you'd expect. When comparing similar cars, be aware that a lower monthly price often demands more money up front. As with any national lease special, enter your ZIP code on an automaker's website to check if these deals apply to your area. Prices may be higher or lower depending on the region. Research is always your friend.
$299 per month/$2549 at signing
39 months/32,500 miles
We praised this Camaro lease in our Black Friday specials—and it's still valid through December 31. This is not the basic 1LT; it's the LT1 with the 6.2-liter V-8. You get big-boy burbles out the exhaust, 455 horsepower, a six-speed manual, and upgraded suspension and brakes. Plus, the pretty 20-inch rims are wrapped in all-season tires. This lease has the lowest down payment we've seen that doesn't inflate the monthly price. The down payment drops to $1049 if you're currently leasing any 2016 or newer vehicle.
$299 per month/$3039 at signing
24 months/20,000 miles
A less quick but more efficient alternative is the Ford Mustang EcoBoost, which shades the Camaro's base turbo four with 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet. But at the same price as a V-8 Camaro—and with a requirement that you either have an expiring lease or a trade-in—this deal is not as attractive. The benefit is getting off the hook early, as Ford often likes to offer two-year leases like this one. This offer is in Michigan, but a 36-month lease in California for the same Mustang costs $379 a month with $3279 at signing, while in Florida it's $349 and $3152. All in all, it's a decent price anywhere.
$329 per month/$5099 at signing
39 months/32,500 miles
To avoid accusations of muscle-car discrimination, we've included Dodge. But this Challenger is our least favorite variety. It’s the SXT AWD powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, a powertrain that exchanges speed and sound for economy and traction, although it has the same sinister looks as the V-8 Challengers. This lease mandates a hefty down payment, which also dims its appeal. Dodge evidently would prefer its lease cars returned with minimal drivetrain wear, so that's probably why there are no offers on any V-8 Challenger. If you're financing, however, zero percent APR on an 807-hp Super Stock is money well wasted.
$459 per month/$2599 at signing
36 months/30,000 miles
It’s the only front-driver on our list, but don't let that fact, or the Veloster's three passenger doors, turn you off. This is a certified pocket rocket with a limited-slip differential, big brakes, and a crisp eight-speed dual-clutch to manage its 275 horsepower (there is a manual available, but this lease includes the automatic). You also get the prettiest light-blue seatbelts, and every Veloster N comes loaded. Plus, maintenance is included.
$379 per month/$1379 at signing
36 months/30,000 miles
The new BRZ is quicker and feels more cohesive than before. There are small gains in engine output, but the extra displacement of its new 2.4-liter flat-four pays dividends throughout the rev range. It's more awake and less stressed. The BRZ continues as a master class in chassis control. It's the best car for amateurs learning to drift because it's so precisely balanced and never overwhelms the tires. I tried making a fool of myself during the car's launch event at Lime Rock Park, but the BRZ wouldn't have it. Buy a BRZ before upgrading to larger sports cars (your wallet and your ego will thank you). In case you’re wondering, there are no national deals for the BRZ's cousin, the Toyota GR86.
$5999 per month/$22,356 at signing
36 months/7500 miles
Leasing a 12-cylinder convertible in the winter—one that belts out 715 horsepower and costs $362,000—is a fine method to depreciate assets on a business tax return. This lease requires that you visit Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, Connecticut. Unlike many exotic leases offered by third parties, this new DBS is underwritten by Aston Martin's bank. Miller will also lease used supercars should this DBS be gone before you can make it to the dealership.
$319 per month/$3999 at signing
24 or 36 months/20,000 or 30,000 miles
The refreshed Stinger mates a new turbo four to this Kia's impressive chassis and closes the gap between the base car and the top V-6 trims. In addition to new headlights (which look like a Porsche's from afar), the GT-Line gets the same 2.5-liter turbo that's in the Genesis GV70, good for 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet. Surprisingly, Kia offers the same monthly and signing prices whether you lease a rear-wheel-drive Stinger for 24 or 36 months. The all-wheel-drive version is $349 per month for the same down payment. That's the most flexible lease deal we've seen for a hot-looking, premium-feeling sports sedan.
$959 per month/$4799 at signing
36 months/30,000 miles
For the price of three Kias, you can lease one BMW. And the Stinger looks a hell of a lot prettier than the flared-nostril M3, so if you're going with the BMW, choose a dark color to hide the nose. But as Larry David said on Curb Your Enthusiasm, you can't see what your car looks like from the inside. The M3's six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive, and potent 473-hp inline-six are classic BMW. Forget about the Competition xDrive with its all-wheel drive and extra 30 horsepower; this M3 still has the stick shift, and in 2022 you should be buying it for that reason alone. This lease includes a heated steering wheel as part of the Executive package, a head-up display, and a video recorder to capture slower drivers moving right when you flash your laser headlights. If that's not how you drive, an M3 is not for you.