The Coolest Cars Under $18,000
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
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