My Take: As I was mentioning in the MB ML post, you should do a little comparing when shopping around. Some lease rates may looks pretty good, but when you factor in all the crazy fees, other models (you probably didn’t consider) may end up being the better bargain. Say you were shopping for the ML, then looked at the FX35 (a little bit smaller, but still a great SUV). As you start crunching numbers, you will notice that MB charges $1095 for their bank fee for most states, while IFS charges about $595. The FX35, well-equipped, will probably run you a bit cheaper too due to the lower money factor, even if the residual value is 1% less than the ML350. This is just an example, there are many other models to consider, such as the X5, MDX and the Q5/Q7 to name a few.
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2009 Infiniti FX
2009 Infiniti FX35 AWD
36-month | 15k miles | residual 49% | .00061 base money factor
39-month | 15k miles | residual 48% | .00056 base money factor
42-month | 15k miles | residual 46% | .00061 base money factor