Originally Posted by adelphi_sky
I'm not sure I quite get your reasoning. My next car "purchase" will be a lease. Are you suggesting that no one should lease a 2013, but instead lease a 2012 and buy 2013 or just according to the OP's situation? In addition, would the price spread between the 2012 and 2013 be that significant to go from one purchasing option to a totally different one? Just need more clarification.
For leasing, your cost of ownership doesn't change regardless it is a MY2012 or MY2013. For buying, the resell value of a MY2013 will probably be $2K-3K more than a MY2012 after 5 years(Same exact option and same mileage)