Kelley Blue Book Reveals Coolest Cheap Cars of 2017

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Ask any car dealer and they’ll tell you spring and summer are their busiest times of the year. Armed with a fresh tax return check, most of us venture out to the dealership or online to look for a new ride.

While most of us spend about $35,000 on a average for a new vehicle, Kelley Blue Book has released its top 10 list of the “coolest cars under $18,000.

The main highlight of this year’s list is the Mazda3, which is spending its fourth consecutive year at the number one spot. Not only that, it’s appeared somewhere on this top 10 list ever year of the vehicle’s 14-year existence.

“Our collection of Coolest Cars Under $18,000 is one of Kelley Blue Book’s longest-running lists, ever popular because of the unique combination of cool and affordable and made even sweeter by the advances the auto industry has made in technology and features now offered on moderately priced cars,” Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s, said in a press release. “College students, first-time buyers and other budget-conscious consumers will be pleased to know that they don’t have to break the bank to find a vehicle that suits their needs…and turns them on.”

The full list is below.

Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 2017

Rank Year Make Model
1 2017 Mazda Mazda3
2 2017 Honda Civic
3 2017 Jeep Renegade
4 2017 Kia Soul
5 2017 Hyundai Veloster
6 2017 Volkswagen Jetta
7 2017 Toyota Corolla iM
8 2017 Subaru Impreza
9 2017 Honda Fit
10 2017 Chevrolet Sonic