I leased mine, first payment down and that was it. 500.00 month, 36 months, 12k miles per year.
.67 residual as well.
Just remember when you lease it is excactly like you are buying the car. The only difference you pay for what you use.
So if you intend on making this your car for a long time, buy it. If you are the type of person that likes new cars every 3 years, lesae it.
Another pointer (not sure what you know about leasing), but you can and should negotiate the cap cost on the veh. The cap cost is the amount you are paying for the car. Most people go into a lease situation thinking there is nothing to negotiate. The residual value and the money factor all set by the leasing company/banks, the only real negotiating factor you have is the cap cost.
Also, if your beacon score (credit rating) is high enough you will not need to leave any deposit, thus the reason I only paid the first month payment.
My cap cost was 32,000. I have a silver IS300 with leather, power seats, sun roof.
Lease payment including tax is 504.00. That is another issue, remember the payment make sure it includes tax. The dealer will tell you he can get you a payment of 500.00 per month, but with a lease you pay taxes in each payment instead of one lump sum like when you buy the car. In my opinion another advantage of leasing. If you know you will get rid of the car in 3 years or less, and you lease, you only pay taxes on what you use versus the entire 34,000k msrp or negotiated price.