Very well said.Unless you plan on buying the car (at a good price negotiated up front) it usually isn't a good financial deal. sf5 is going to pay $2150 + $220*36 or $10,070 over 3 years. If I think about buying the car new (you can get a 12 Si for ~$20k) would be worth more than $10k at the end of 3 years? (A quick search on Auto Trader shows 3 year old Si with 35-45k miles listed for $19k and KBB lists it as worth $14-17k).
So if he buys it after the lease, he will come out the same as buying it, maybe less $1k in fees or something. If he turns it back in, he pays the dealer $10k and then the dealer can turn around and sell it for $15k (plus TTL!!) so they just made $25k+ on a 2012 Si.. Easily $5k profit over if they had just sold it to you.
I bought this car to learn manual because I plan on eventually getting a standard Beamer. Drove it off the lot that day after a crash course from the salesman. I don't want to go back to auto, and Honda has me impressed with the car; however, a stock tighter suspension and/or turbo would have made it an epic ride. Come on, Honda.
Also, if I turn it in for another lease, Honda may give me a really good deal on their newest Si since I take care of it and make my payments.