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KBB’s Ten “Coolest” Cars under $18k

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Another Kelley Blue Book top ten list but this time with an eye towards the frugal buyer because now we’re talking the best under $18,000 – or about $300-$350/mo for five years, though fuel efficiency wasn’t a consideration in this list though each car listed has good mileage. What’s funny is that the top ten list actually doesn’t have them listed in any particular order… just a list of ten cars .

The cheapest was the 2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner at $14,850 MSRP (Kelley Blue Book valued at $14,768) and the priciest was the 2005 Honda Element at $18,765 MSRP (KBB valued at $17,827). You have seven of the ten being foreign cars (3 Toyota’s, a Kia, a Hyundai, a Honda and a BMW-owned MINI). In the other three you have two Fords (Mazda is owned by Ford) and a Chevrolet.

So if this was the “Coolest” cars under $18k, how does that stack up against Edmunds’ ten “Hottest” cars I talked about mid-March?

The MINI Cooper, Scion xB, and Scion tC appeared on both lists and again the “hottest” cars were dominated by more international manufacturers (in this case, Toyota owned six of the spots) than domestic manufacturers.

For a full list, check out the Top Ten List.

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6 Responses to “KBB’s Ten “Coolest” Cars under $18k”

  1. King Asa says:

    I’ll agree with the KBB list because the Mazda 3 is da bomb… please excuse my bias.

  2. Nick says:

    …and excuse my bias for the MINI Cooper. They obviously didn’t number the list because it would look like this:

    1. MINI Cooper
    10. (Tied) the other nine

    That’s right, they all tied for 10th, not 2nd. :)

  3. RS says:

    I agree KA…Mazda’s are nice. A co-worker just got a 3 and it is pretty slick. I would love an RX-8 though.

  4. Amanda says:

    I love the MINI Cooper! Oh – and by the way, they are about to introduce SmartCars in the US – it will be so funny to see one of those next to a Hummer or something! I think they’re great though!

  5. The Toyota Tacoma is a clumpy-looking truck! I think they are sooooo freakin’ ugly. There’s too many bulges and the roof is too low (or the sides are too high). Anyway, I have seen plenty of them around and every time I see one I comment to myself about how ugly they are. Definitely not cool.

    Mazda 3 gets my vote.

  6. ketty says:

    The top ten has some good cars for good price but, anyone looking for a car under $18,000 absoluty check out the Hyundai Tiburon GS. It is so slick and sporty if that’s what your looking for get it!!


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