For many shoppers, leasing a car can be a great alternative to financing or paying with cash. But it can be daunting to put down a lot of money to start a lease. Our latest list examines today's top lease deals that allow shoppers to put nothing down at lease signing. Best of all, each deal listed here is available through the end of April.

Acura ILX

The all-new 2013 Acura ILX sedan is available with one of April's most attractive zero-down leases. Based on the Honda Civic, the ILX offers front-wheel drive and a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. It also offers luxury equipment like standard push-button starting, keyless access, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and a power sunroof. In April, shoppers can lease an ILX with nothing down for 35 months and payments starting at just $260 per month.

Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevrolet Cruze is a newly-released compact sedan praised for a handsome design, a great driving experience and an above-average interior. And in April, it's available with a great zero-down lease deal to boot. Through the end of the month, qualified shoppers can get a 2013 Cruze LS with an automatic transmission for 36 months with payments from just $199 per month. In addition to low payments, they'll get keyless entry, power windows and locks, anti-lock brakes and a USB port for music. Plus, the Cruze LS comes standard with a 138-hp 4-cylinder capable of returning 36 mpg on the highway.

Honda CR-V

The 2013 Honda CR-V is one of today's most fuel-efficient compact crossovers. While its 185-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is more than adequate for most driving, the engine's small size helps the CR-V reach 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Base-level CR-V LX models include Bluetooth, air conditioning and a USB port for music, while all-wheel drive is optional. For qualified shoppers who don't need all-wheel drive, Honda is offering a zero-down, 35-month lease deal in April on its base-level, front-wheel-drive CR-V LX. That offer boasts monthly payments starting from $300.

Hyundai Equus

The full-size Hyundai Equus sedan is designed to take on high-end competition from Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. In April, it's available with a zero-down lease deal -- a rarity on a luxury sedan. Through the end of the month, qualified shoppers can lease a 2013 Equus for 48 months with nothing down and payments starting at $739. While that's a long lease term, we don't think drivers will tire of their Equus considering the sedan's 429-hp V8, its long list of luxury features and its bold exterior with standard 19-inch alloy wheels.

Kia Soul

Kia's unique Soul hatchback provides a different take on the world of the compact car. Shoppers who like the unusual Soul can get a great lease deal this month. Through the end of April, the Soul is available for 39 months with payments starting at $199 per month. That makes it one of the least-expensive zero-down deals available. And the offer is further enhanced with the Soul's fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine and its long list of standard safety equipment like anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The sporty Mazda MX-5 Miata offers tremendous driving pleasure. While its two-seat cabin isn't the most practical, its rear-wheel-drive layout makes it a treat for twisty back roads. And while the MX-5 Miata's 167-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder may seem underpowered on paper, it actually delivers strong acceleration thanks to the MX-5's low weight. Best of all, all MX-5 Miata models feature a convertible top, allowing shoppers to catch some sun as they cruise this summer. That's even more likely in April thanks to a zero-down lease deal that offers payments starting at $299 per month for 36 months.

Nissan Rogue

The compact Nissan Rogue SUV is fuel-efficient and well-equipped. The Rogue's only powertrain, a 175-hp 4-cylinder, returns 23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The Rogue also uses a standard CVT automatic to help fuel economy. And standard features include keyless entry, air conditioning, power windows and anti-lock brakes. In April, qualified shoppers can get a zero-down lease deal on the Rogue -- a rarity for Nissan. The brand is offering the compact crossover for 39 months with payments starting at $329 per month. And while that payment is higher than the deal on Honda's rival CR-V, lease shoppers who choose a Rogue can also get $500 cash back.

What it means to you: If you're looking to lease a new car with nothing up front, our list of zero-down leases will help you find a great deal.

Shopper qualification and residency restrictions may apply to lease deals.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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