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10 Cool Cars You Can Easily Afford in 2017

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Guillaume Rivard
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Looking for a cool car to buy this year? Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has just published its rankings of the 10 coolest cars under $18,000 USD (approx. $24,000 CAD) for 2017. 

For the fourth year in a row, the Mazda3 is the coolest car on the list. In fact, this Japanese compact made the top 10 in each of the past 14 years.

KBB defines a cool car as one that’s fun to drive and fun to own, with an affordable price to boot.

"Our collection of Coolest Cars Under $18,000 is one of Kelley Blue Book's longest-running lists, ever popular because of the unique combination of cool and affordable and made even sweeter by the advances the auto industry has made in technology and features now offered on moderately priced cars," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's "College students, first-time buyers and other budget-conscious consumers will be pleased to know that they don't have to break the bank to find a vehicle that suits their needs… and turns them on."

Here’s the top 10 for 2017 (with links to pages you will find useful):

1. Mazda3
2. Honda Civic
3. Jeep Renegade
4. Kia Soul 
5. Hyundai Veloster
6. Volkswagen Jetta
7. Toyota Corolla iM
8. Subaru Impreza
9. Honda Fit
10. Chevrolet Sonic


Guillaume Rivard
Guillaume Rivard
Automotive expert