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Top 10 coolest 2014 cars under US$18,000 according to Kelley Blue Book

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Kelley Blue Book has just published its Top 10 coolest cars under US$18,000 of 2014. Unsurprisingly, the all-new 2014 Mazda3 came out on top based on two criteria: fun-to-drive and fun-to-own.

"Low-priced new cars are getting cooler with each passing year and the mass-appeal, bread-and-butter small cars are becoming increasingly stylish and tech-savvy," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com.

"On the strength of a well-received redesign for 2014, the Mazda3, which could be called king of the Coolest Cars Under $18,000, reclaims its spot at the top of our annual list. Stylish and fun from day one, the Mazda3's engineering innovation that results in great benefits like high fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive make it cooler than ever."

KBB's top 10 coolest cars under US$18,000 of 2014:
  1. Mazda3
  2. Hyundai Veloster
  3. Kia Soul
  4. Honda Civic Coupe
  5. Volkswagen Jetta
  6. Fiat 500
  7. Dodge Dart
  8. Ford Fiesta
  9. Chevrolet Sonic
  10. Nissan Versa Note