Kelley Blue Books New List of Top Ten Cool and Affordable Cars

Kelley Blue Books New List of Top Ten Cool and Affordable Cars

With the current economic conditions it’s important to be thrifty. With that in mind Kelley Blue Book has recently issued its list for the top 10 cool and affordable cars. KBB is considered to be the definitive guide to used automobile pricing and the list carries the weight of their authority behind it for a select few cars they feel make the grade. The guidelines for the list are that all cars are this years models and each are available for under $18,000, with the 2012 Fiat 500 pulling up in the lead as the best bargain.

The cars seem to be geared towards the young and the young at heart, with the majority of their choices being smaller gas accommodating vehicles designed to get the job done in a manner deigned ‘fun’ by the highly regarded editors at KBB.

Executive editorial director and executive market analyst, Jack R. Nerad, stated some of his reasoning behind his selections: “There are great deals to be had on many new cars under $18,000, but only a handful of them really possess that cool, difficult-to-describe ‘it’ factor. Each year the competition keeps getting tougher in this affordable segment, with more personality-filled, amenity-laden, versatile vehicles entering the marketplace. In ranking our top picks this year, the 2012 Fiat 500 took the top prize as our No. 1 choice. After 28 years out of the U.S. market, Fiat is making huge waves with the new 500 and in our books, it is the leader of the ‘Cool Cars’ parade.”

Their selections are really representative of this draw towards the ‘coolness’ factor. Most of the automobiles are designed to be mid-level or entry level vehicles for newer drivers who want something fresh and expressive, with a large portion of the thought being placed into vehicles that are fun to drive and offer a variety of utility to their owners. With that said the list is as follows:

10. 2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Hyundai Elantra

Who knew good value could be so cool? The all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra is an all-around package of slick design, convenient features and fuel-efficiency – every Elantra gets 40 miles per gallon on the highway…

9. 2011 Nissan Cube

2011 nissan cube

We agree with Huey Lewis: it is hip to be square, at least when it comes to a car like the Nissan Cube. The polarizing squares-meet-circles design theme gets a lot of attention, but the Cube’s attractiveness is more than skin deep, with features like a sliding and reclining second-row seat, an overabundance of head room and a headliner design that mimics the concentric circles created by a pebble dropped into a pond…

8. 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Germany! It’s a country practically brimming with freaky coolness, exemplified by Rammstein, Kraftwerk and, of course, Volkswagen. The latest rendition of VW’s Jetta captures much of Germany’s quirky-cool spirit while being expressly engineered for an American appetite…

7. 2012 Ford Focus

2011 Ford Focus

European automakers have long subscribed to the idea that a well-packaged car doesn’t need to be large in size. Ripping a page out of that playbook, Ford has brought the compact, Euro-sweetened 2012 Focus to America, offering head-turning looks, sporty handling and a healthy standard equipment list in an efficient and affordable package…

6. 2012 Honda Civic

2012 Honda Civic

Cool doesn’t always have to be in your face. Take the 2012 Honda Civic, for example. Its attributes read like a thought-out online dating profile: Good looking but not flashy, low maintenance and easygoing…but happy be your partner in crime for any adventure (insert winky face here)…

5. 2011 Kia Forte Koup

Having an attractive car that others haven’t seen – that’s cool. The 2011 Kia Forte Koup isn’t just the sportiest-looking car on our list, its standard-equipment list includes a satellite-ready audio system, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and USB/iPod integration, so it looks cool and acts cool…

4. 2011 Honda Fit

2011 Honda Fit

Fun, flexible and funky, the Honda Fit remains an instantly unanimous choice for our annual cool cars list.  Even the crisper, better-equipped Fit Sport comes in under our $18,000 ceiling…

3. 2011 Ford Fiesta

2011 Ford Fiesta

It’s on our list for the second year in a row and we have a feeling the Ford Fiesta is going to be another perennial favorite.  Its European looks and well-crafted interior outclass everything else in the category, and its sharp driving dynamics and nimble handling still impress us every time we get behind the wheel…

2. 2011 Mazda3

2011 Mazda3

At some point we’re going to have to give the Mazda3 a lifetime achievement award for its unequaled streak of appearances on our annual list of coolest cars.  For the 8th year in a row – every year of the cars existence, in fact – the Mazda3 has earned a spot on our list for its standout sheet metal, excellent interior and exceptional driving dynamics…

1. 2012 Fiat 500

2012 Fiat 500

Regardless of what the Hello Kitty mafia would like to believe, cute isn’t cool.  Not usually, anyway.  But that’s because cute is rarely backed up by substance, as it is in the 2012 Fiat 500…

Sarah Danielson writes for Breakdown Cover where you can find a LV car insurance quotes section, other great providers, rates, and guides.

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  1. Great Beauties! You have really rocked and I fully agree on your choice and listings of the top 10 cool and affordable cars. I can understand why the opinion of the editors at KBB is highly regarded after seeing the list of cars that they have recommended.