Kbb.com Names 2009 Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000

IRVINE, Calif.

Editors Choose Top Cool, Affordable Rides; Growing Emphasis on Personality, Versatility, Technology


IRVINE, Calif., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, www.kbb.com/coolcars2009, were named today by the expert editors from Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new car and used car information.


The vehicles that made Kelley Blue Book's 2009 list of Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 -- typically a gas-sipping and obviously affordable bunch -- are cooler than they have ever been. More fun, more practical and more amenity-laden than ever before, today's entry-level vehicles deliver more than simply affordable and efficient transportation.


This year's list features a growing emphasis on personality, with many of the models featuring designs that may have once seemed outlandish and now are more easily accepted. In addition, versatility and technology are continuing elements in the under-$18,000 segment. Nine of the 10 cars on this year's list are flexible five-door hatchbacks, or available as such, and two of the models are all-wheel-drive, or available as such. The collective options list includes navigation, hard-drive music storage, voice-controlled iPod integration, Bluetooth phone connectivity, push-button start and leather seating - some of which were introduced on high-end luxury cars just a few years ago.


For 2009, three vehicles - Kia Soul, Nissan cube and smart fortwo - are all-new to the 'Coolest Cars' list, and two of this year's repeat winners - Honda Fit and MAZDA3 - have undergone redesigns. The MAZDA3 is the only model that can boast about being named a Coolest New Car Under $18,000 by Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com for six years in a row, which also is every year since the car's inception. A worldly bunch, the 2009 Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 list includes vehicles from companies based in the United States, Japan, Korea and Germany.


"Although inflation might suggest otherwise, each year, it seems we have a larger and cooler crop of new vehicles to choose from for our Coolest Under $18,000 list, and this year is no exception; the auto manufacturers have made the low-priced segments the most personality-filled in the industry," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. "In addition to cool, affordable rides that are loaded with technology and amenities, shoppers have more opportunities than ever to choose a car that reflects their individual lifestyle for 2009."


In choosing the latest list of Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, the kbb.com editors used the same set of criteria that many consumers use in examining this category: safety, fuel economy, interior size, comfort, technology, the vehicle's fun-to-drive-factor, as well as the decidedly subjective "cool" factor. The editors compiled the list of qualifying vehicles using Kelley Blue Book's New Car Blue Book Values, which reflect real-world transaction prices and provide a more useful comparison point than Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Every vehicle on the list can be purchased for less than $18,000.


Sample Choices from kbb.com's 2009 Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 List


2009 Honda Fit

2010 Kia Soul

2010 MAZDA3

2009 Nissan cube

2009 smart fortwo


For the remaining Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 choices, including full editorial commentary and reasoning behind each of the editors' picks, visit the Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 story in kbb.com's Latest News section at www.kbb.com/coolcars2009.


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  • Full expert reviews of new 2009 (and some 2010) model year vehicles, including print and video
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  • Resale value information
  • Safety data
  • Rebates and incentives information
  • Side-by-side comparison tool
  • Consumer reviews and ratings
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