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The Coolest Cars Under $18,000

June 3, 2010

Ford Fiesta"Cool" and "Under $18,000" in the same sentence? It's true. And Kelly Blue Book has the list to prove it.

The 2011 Ford Fiesta took top honors thanks to its 28 mpg city, 40 mpg highway EPA rating and impressive standard features list. Next in line, the adorable 2010 Honda Fit. With manual transmission, the little Honda does 28 mpg city and up to 35 mpg highway.

The new 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring joined the list, managing 23 city and 30 mpg highway with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

The base Mitsubishi Lancer also made the cut - another 2.0-liter nabbing 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, while Suzuki's SX4 got noticed with its 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.

Here is KBB's list of the top 10 coolest cars for under $18,000:

1. 2011 Ford Fiesta
2. 2010 Honda Civic
3. 2010 Honda Fit
4. 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring
5. 2010 Kia Soul
6. 2010 Mazda3
7. 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
8. 2010 Nissan Cube
9. 2010 Scion xB
10. 2010 Suzuki SX4

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

New York Tri-State Residents - Important:

There is a new car leasing service called Carvoy, available to NY tri-state area residents, which I recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with car dealerships. Carvoy provides pre-negotiated lease deals, calculated with taxes and all fees incuded so you know exactly what it will cost. Here is my list of Best Carvoy deals, updated each month.

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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