10 Cool new cars under $18K


Are fun, stylish, versatile and affordable on your new-car wish list?

If so, Kelley Blue Book’s latest recommendations of quality cars costing less than $18,000 are worth perusing.

The automotive guide’s annual compilation of cool, budget-friendly vehicles includes a little expert comment about each car’s appeal as well as information on consumer ratings, miles per gallon and engine size, plus images and videos to help your car-buying decisions.

Among the 2017 models it has rated and ranked are three newcomers, along with some reliable contenders. Leading the way is the Mazda3, the “all-time champion” that appears in the top 10 for the fourteenth time running. “The Mazda3 is widely regarded as the best-looking and most fun-to-drive vehicle in the segment, and we call it one of the coolest compact cars of all time,” says KBB.

In a repeat of 2016, it’s followed by the popular Honda Civic, which also carries the title “Kelley Blue Book Overall Best Buy.” The new entries this year are the Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla iM and Subaru Impreza.

Here’s the list in full:

KBB’s coolest new cars under $18,000 for 2017

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

For more information on each model, click through to KBB’s article. If you need help negotiating the auto financing process, have a look at RoadLoans’ car loans pages with useful information for different credit situations. You can find further information across our blog using the search bar, from articles about car loans for first time buyers to how to figure out what a down payment on a car should be.

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