A lease acquisition fee is normal for all leases. It just looks like a LOT of money when the term is so short. And really, why would someone what such a short term? In a year and a half you're then faced with what to do with the car - buy it out or sell it, trade it, etc. There is usually a 'disposition fee' at the end as well - a charge for buying out the car, some even charge for turning them in. Read the fine print of your contract.
Out of my last dozen or more cars in the past 20 years almost all were leased. My last one that matured in July coming up here, I sold early to a broker - market value was ten thousand over the residual. This isn't the norm, but due to 35-40% appreciation in used car values - 'carmageddon'. It was a gas-guzzler and I could see the writing on the wall as far as values - Dodge Challenger RT. Over 16K miles it averaged 16mpg. On premium fuel to boot. Sure was fun though!
I have found most cars can be traded in at about 24-30 months, payoff is low enough to trade out of it for something else. The worst on we had was a mercedes coupe that was about ten grand underwater at least termination, even with low miles. Just handed them the keys and said 'thank you'. I've leased four MB's.
The Edmunds forums do pretty well reporting current money factor and residuals on leases each month - anyone anticipating leasing a car needs this data going in - the dealer will nearly always try to pad the figures to extract more money out of the deal. Even $25 extra month over a 3 year lease is $900 - a nice additional gross profit for the salesman and store. As a consumer you simply got screwed out of $900 more dollars.
I had a dealer do this, we agreed to a payment and they rolled us, only to have the finance source reject the deal - they wouldn't fund it cuz the numbers didn't match their lease terms. So the dealer pulled the 'we have a problem with the contract, would you please come back in and re-sign' where they tried to raise the cap-cost. I said WTH and threatened to sue them, call the AG. They all ran scared, the manager wouldn't come out of his office - it was on a Saturday. Ten days later I was afraid they would come try to repo the car, so I called the dealership president - explained what was going on - he gave me the GM and told him to 'take care of us'. We got $50 a month knocked off our payment and a lower residual. And that was the THIRD car we bought from them. Never again. LOL
There will come a day, probably sooner than later, where manufacturers will sell direct, putting the dealers out of business. Ford has spun off their EV line and plan to sell direct to consumer - no inventory, order the car, no negotiations - just sell at msrp - and the dealer's job is to simply deliver the car, and service it. Much like Tesla is doing - the old way just isn't working. We have dealers charging an extra $35K on Ford LIghtenings.