When shopping for new car on a budget, you may worry that you have to settle for something not that stylish or fun to drive. But KelleyBlue Book has shown that affordable and cool can co-exist among new cars selling for under $18,000.
And in this price range, you can find a lot more technology and safety features than in the past. “Cool has come a long way,” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “It’s incredible to see all of the amazing tech features and amenities you can get on an affordable car these days compared to a decade ago.”
Cool, of course, is a subjective judgment. But in picking their list, the Kelley analysts look for vehicles that are stylish and fun to drive. To qualify, the cars also must be reasonable to own — including purchase price, fuel costs, maintenance and insurance costs, and resale value.
All the cars on the list start at a selling price of $18,000 or less for the base version using Kelley’s Fair Market Range, which shows average transaction prices for a particular trim level of each vehicle.
Click here for a closer look at seven of the most interesting entries on the Kelley Blue Book list.