Archive for July, 2013
How do you determine a car’s “cool factor” and how “cool” can a new car possibly be with a budget-conscious price tag? The experts at Kelley Blue Book set out to find out in their annual study of the “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.”
Kelley Blue Book has been a trusted source and leading provider of new and used car information for decades. Although “cool” can certainly be subjective, the KBB experts approached this study with methodical concision, judging cars on two major criteria: fun-to-drive and fun-to-own. With more manufacturers putting personality, distinction and technology into their lower-priced cars, KBB reminds us that being “cool” doesn’t need to cost a pretty penny. In order to qualify for this list, the vehicle must be available for purchase at $18,000 or less, using KBB’s “Fair Purchase Price” which is the price consumers are typically paying for a new car, based on actual transactions and adjusted regularly for changing market conditions.
Coming in at number one on the list was the 2013 Hyundai Veloster, thanks to its “highly unique exterior design coupled with a stylish and tech-laden interior.” And the Veloster definitely measures up. Its signature three door design, vivid color options, bold stance, and raking contour lines make it cool to look at, and the Bluetooth, Blue Link, LCD Touchscreen, and other tech options on the inside make it all the more fun to drive.
Also making the list was the 2013 Chevrolet Spark. KBB’s experts praised the Spark for being the first car to integrate with Apple’s Siri Assistant via “Eyes Free” mode. Simply press a button on the steering wheel and ask Siri to read you text messages or sports scores, or compose your own message via voice. Add in stylish colors, its international look, and peppy engine, the Chevrolet Spark is indeed fun to own and fun to drive.