I have a friend who needs a new car but wants to spend as little as possible (between gas, lease costs, maintenance). Obviously financing and owning a really old car might be a little cheaper than the cheapest lease, but maintenance can get expensive and they don’t want an unreliable car that is liable to break-down on them, better gas mileage on newer cars is also a plus (they plan to drive ~10k mi/yr).
They don’t have easy access to a car charger so crazy bolt/i3/ioniq deals are off the table, hybrids are welcome as long as it doesn’t need to run 75-100% on electricity. They are willing to lease anything regardless of shape, looks and size as long as it has 2-4 doors, heat, air conditioning and a radio.
Friend is located in NYC area, any advice or input would be much appreciated!