Kelly Blue Book ranks cheap cars on “cool” factor

Kelly Blue Book (KBB) recently reported a list of 10 cars that cost under $18,000, which it stated weren’t the average, boring and simple car that one may get for that price. The company rated these cars based on “coolness,” it said. Their cool factor was based on how fun the car is to drive and how fun it is to own. The price ceiling allows buyers on a budget to afford to have a cool ride. It can be even more affordable if they take out a car loan.

While the list is self-admittedly subjective, KBB offers several reasons why each car is so cool. The list is a mix of German, American, and Japanese cars. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra ranked number 10, because it has a “slick design” and gets 40 miles per gallon on the highway, KBB reports.

Coolest car number five is the 2011 Kia Forte Koup, which has a sporty exterior and USB-iPod integration technologies inside. Number three is the 2011 Ford Fiesta, which KBB says looks European and has a well-crafted interior. In addition, it drives easily and has great fuel economy.

The number one coolest car, KBB says, is the 2012 Fiat 500. KBB describes this Mini-Cooper-like car as cute and substantial.