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Fiat 500 named 'coolest' car selling for less than 18,000

Posted On Fri, June 24, 2011

As a general rule, the more bells and whistles a car comes with, the more expensive it is to purchase. But Kelley Blue Book recently attempted to find a car that had the kind of panache that an expensive car would have but priced at less than $18,000.

"There are great deals to be had on many new cars under $18,000, but only a handful of them really possess that cool, difficult-to-describe 'it' factor," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and market analyst for KBB.com. "Each year the competition keeps getting tougher in this affordable segment, with more personality-filled, amenity-laden, versatile vehicles entering the marketplace."

In the end, KBB.com labeled one car as the coolest new vehicle for less than $18,000 - the 2012 Fiat 500. Nerad said after nearly 30 years of being available, Fiat's 500 takes top billing, thanks to the car's comfortability, affordability and sub-compact build that's seven inches shorter than the Mini Cooper.

Other cool, yet inexpensive cars on KBB.com's shortlist included the 2011 Mazda3, 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2012 Honda Civic.

In addition to having a low sticker price, these vehicles may also be low in auto insurance, as the less expensive a car is, the lower premiums tend to be. 

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