Here's why I'm asking: DH and I have always owned older cars. DH has a 94 Pathfinder and its getting to the point of being "too old". It's missing all the safety features of newer cars and dh doesn't really feel the kids are safe in it. I was always taught leasing was a fools game. You always want to own. However new suvs are around $30k now. I looked over the weekend and you can get a 3 yr lease on a brand new CRV for example and pay $7k over those 3 years including down payment. So, what are the down falls. Obviously you won't own the car but buying a new one you won't "own" it anyway for many years on a payment plan. If we buy used we can own it faster but lose out on new safety features and inherit all the problems that may be hidden. What am I missing??