Lease Value Ratio

LVR Defined

Lease Value RatioThe Lease Value Ratio (LVR) is the heart, soul, passion and entire purpose of We wanted to make it easy to evaluate car leases. The  LVR is displayed as a single number percentage, or ratio, which quickly tells you how much car you are getting for your average payment. The lower the LVR, the better the car lease deal.

How To Calculate Your Lease Value Ratio

LVR is calculated as follows:
Average Car Payment  / MSRP
The resulting numerical percentage is usually between 1 and 1.5 percent; however there are exceptions on both sides of the rule. I’ve seen some really amazing car leases where the lease value ratios below 1.00% and some really lousy car leases where the Lease Value Ration tops 1.50%. So, how do you know by the number a good lease from a bad one? Based on the monthly car lease figures and data we’ve accumulated over the past two years, here is a guide to help you quickly decide.

LVR Lease Value Ratio Guidelines

  • Excellent Lease: 1.10% and Below
  • Good Lease: 1.11% – 1.20%
  • Average Lease: 1.21% – 1.36%
  • Poor Lease: 1.36% and Up

Remember, the lease value ratio is only a number. Each of us lease cars for slightly different personal reasons. There may be certain models of cars that simply don’t look like a good lease on paper, but when you compare them to other cars in their class, perhaps they fair very well.


MSRP $25,000.00
Lease Term 36
Monthly Payment $250.00
Down Payment $2,000.00
  Down Payment Doesn’t Include First Month’s Payment  
Average Car Payment $305.56 Total Cost / Lease Term
Total Cost of Lease $11,000.00 (Monthly Payment x Lease Term) + Down Payment
Lease Value Ratio – LVR 1.22% Average Car Payment / MSRP

The LVR should be used only as a rule of thumb to give you a quick snapshot of whether or not you’re getting a reasonable good car lease payment or not. Below, is a formula that you can paste into your spreadsheet for helping you determine your own Lease Value Ratio.

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4 thoughts on “Lease Value Ratio”

    1. Could you describe the problem you are having? You do have to have all of the data to input into the fields. If you know your interest rate, you can convert it to the money factor by dividing it by 2400.
      For example, if your lease is based on an interest rate of 5%, the money factor is 5 / 2400 = .00208

      Make sure you’re on this page, Advanced Lease Calculator

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