Here are the coolest cars under $20,000 for 2018

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Here are the coolest cars under $20,000 for 2018
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If you’re in the market for a new car, there are some things you likely have in mind that are must-haves: maybe it’s the latest tech, a roomy interior or sleek styling.

If you’re a green-conscious shopper, getting a fuel-efficient vehicle may be big on your list. You also may be looking for something affordable. But if you’re like most of us, you just want something cool — AND affordable.

These are the coolest 2018 model cars for under $20K

While it’s true that “coolness” is in the eye of the beholder, vehicle valuation site Kelley Blue Book just listed what they deem to be the 10 coolest new cars under $20,000. The thing the vehicles all have is common is that they are coveted by others and fun behind the wheel.

First on the list? The Mazda3, which has enjoyed a 15-year run in the top spot.

Here’s Kelley Blue Book’s 10 coolest cars for 2018

Rank

Year

Make

Model

Kelly Blue Book says…

1

2018

Mazda

Mazda3

Available in both sedan and hatchback form, the Mazda3 offers practicality that appeals to compact car buyers, with sportiness that makes even daily chores more fun. 

2

2018

Honda

Civic

Kelley Blue Book’s Small Car Best Buy of 2018, the Civic is a well-rounded car offered as a sedan or coupe that’s comfortable, roomy, practical, efficient, packed with cool tech, and a blast to drive.

3

2018

Hyundai

Kona

The Kona was given a healthy dose of modern style, and the clean, crisp cabin is filled with a bevy of connectivity and advanced safety features.

4

2018

Volkswagen

Golf

Euro-tuned handling and a sporty attitude are only part of what makes the Golf such an appealing car.

5

2018

Kia

Soul

Few vehicles match the Kia Soul’s alluring combination of bold style, SUV-like versatility, and practicality, with a roster of standard and available features that add to the Soul’s value.

6

2018

Jeep

Renegade

Of all the vehicles on this list, the Renegade is the one that can get you the furthest beyond where the pavement ends.

7

2018

Subaru

Impreza

Already earning extra credit for its standard all-wheel drive, a recent redesign gives the Impreza sedan and hatchback sharper looks, more refinement and a larger palette of tech and convenience features, all while retaining the strong value proposition and reliability for which Subaru is known. 

8

2018

Honda

Fit

This diminutive hatchback has a feature called the Magic Seat that gives the interior space and versatility that rivals that of a small SUV. The combination of practicality and pep at an affordable price makes the Fit a hard car to resist. 

9

2018

Hyundai

Elantra

The all-new Elantra GT hatchback expands the Elantra lineup, adding a dose of likable style and five-door versatility to the mix. 

10

2018

Chevrolet

Sonic

The Sonic’s starting price of $16,170 makes it the most affordable car on this list. But what keeps Chevrolet’s subcompact sedan and hatch on our list of coolest cars is its compelling combination of tech, comfort and a fun attitude, all wrapped in redesigned sheet metal.

“Even at a lower price point, the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000 are loaded with tech and safety features and offered in sharp and versatile packages,” Michael Harley, executive editor for Kelley Blue Book, said in a press release. “Both good-looking and exciting to drive, these top picks are worth closer consideration by today’s budget-minded shopper.”

While it’s nice to do what the cool kids do (and drive a cool car), if you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably looking for a used car, which can save you a lot of money. Here are a few tips on what to look for:

3 used car buying tips to keep in mind

Always use a vehicle valuation service first: Before you pay any money, do your homework by checking Edmunds.comKBB.com or NADA.com for the true market value so you can bargain from a position of strength.

Never go with dealer financing, at least not first: “Look at credit unions, online banks or even traditional banks,” money expert Clark Howard says. “Only take dealer financing if it beats any other offer you have. Of course, I would love for you to pay for an affordable used car completely in cash!”

Check out the car sans salesperson: If you’re really high on a car, go check it out outside of business hours so you can take your time. Many times buying a car is a pressure-filled situation, with the dealer pushing you to make a decision. Take your time by shopping without interference.

Want more tips? Check out the ‘Clark Smart’ way to buy a vehicle.

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Craig Johnson is a conscious money-saver who stills read paperback books and listens to vinyl. He likes to write about how technology is making things easier and more affordable — but also sometimes more dangerous — for the modern consumer.
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