• Apr 11, 2006
Kelley Blue Book has assembled a new top ten list for budget-minded car buyers - the coolest vehicles under $18,000. (Drumroll...) And this year's coolest new vehicles under $18,000 are:
  • 2007 Toyota Yaris (pictured)
  • 2006 Scion xB
  • 2007 Dodge Caliber
  • 2006 Kia Sportage
  • 2006 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2006 Ford Fusion
  • 2006 Nissan Frontier King Cab
  • 2006 Mazda3
  • 2006 Honda Civic
  • 2006 Scion tC
In case you were wondering, the list is ranked from least- to most-expensive, with the Yaris' Blue Book value coming in at only $14,630. The Top Ten were selected based on price, design, style and performance. More info here.

[Source: KBB.com]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Or...you could buy a nice used Prelude, RSX, or if you need four doors, a used WRX.

      So why buy one of these new dorkmobiles when you can get a fun car, lightly broken in, for the same or less money?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The regular civic it far 'torque-ier' than the Si because the base engine has a dual length intake manifold. The switch over point is 5000 rpm, and peak torque is 4300.
      The gearing of the automatic is too tall, 65mph and shifting out of 2nd, 103mph and shifting out of 3rd.
      The mazda3 is okay, but so old. Terrible gutless engines, excellent steering, old transmissions, good vehicle lighting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I second Matt's (#11) statement.

      I can think of a few cars that are even 30 years old, I would rather pick up for a few grand that I would be prouder driving than most on that list.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why Volkswagen hasn't been mentioned? It produces wonderful models of cars
      • 8 Years Ago
      "2006 Honda Civic - sorry, no. It has crappy styling, a speedo from a 1980's Corvette and an an engine w/ no torque. Despite what EVERYBODY says, this car is lame."

      So EVERYONE is wrong and you are right?
      • 8 Years Ago
      the scion tC should really be number one on the list, its the best styling and feature bang for the buck
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very interesting to see the Dodge Caliber near the top of the list.

      http://www.caliberforums.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Toyota Yaris is cool because it's a 3-door xA for $11,000. Check out the options - you can even get the footwell mood lighting.

      But I do think it's interesting that Bob says the xB is uncool because it's boxy...because that's probably the reason it's on this list. I mean, if it had totally generic styling, would it be cooler? "Cool" and "divisive" often go hand-in-hand...
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Chrysler PT Cruiser is an extreamly good car and has the design, technology, price and quality. It has very positive reviews from Edmunds and Consumer Guide.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "the scion tC should really be number one on the list, its the best styling and feature bang for the buck"

      Most Unbiased Comment of the Day Award recipient.

      MikeW, you must be part of the 'that's soooo last week' crowd. Put down that mocca latte and open your eyes. The Mazda3 beats the crap out of every car in it's segment and then over in a few others as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know if my 2006 jet black Civic EX Coupe is cool or not, but it sure does get a ton of compliments from strangers. Caught a guy gawking at it tonight in the Applebees parking lot. The dash looks like the freaking space shuttle!
      I'm serious, check out this sweet pic I took:
      http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1365/1074/1600/DSC02801.jpg
      And the 350 watt subwolfer stereo with aux jack for ipod and built-in XM and mp3 disc capability. Coolest car on the planet for 18,000 K!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      yeah i agree with bob i have a kia sportage...definatly no cool but i guess now i can brag bout it when my friends say i have a pos and i can be hey mines on the top 10 coolest.lol
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