Does it make better sense to buy or lease a new vehicle? That depends on a number of factors, such as the residual value of the car you intend to purchase, the amount of money you pay up front as a capitalized cost reduction and the cost of financing. A lease will usually be a more attractive option when compared to a vehicle purchase when measured over a comparable term. Keep in mind that with a lease, you will have to return the vehicle at the end of the lease term, whereas you will own the vehicle and will be able to continue driving it after the term expires.