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The cool cars that balance fun and affordability [Video]

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 9:42:55 AM

While there are countless cars out there to buy, the decision is often guided along by two main concepts: Do you want something fun and interesting (and often pricey) or do you want something cheap and functional (and often boring)? 

Thankfully, that decision can be a lot easier with the introduction of a number of vehicles that balance all of these elements. To figure out which ones are the most fun to drive and fun to own - all for a low price of under $18,000 - Kelley Blue Book crunched the numbers

"This year's list of budget-smart cool cars includes a repeat winner, an all-new Jeep and a few cars that have been completely redesigned for 2015," explained Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. "All of them are fun, stylish and versatile to varying degrees, and each and every one is enticingly affordable."

The winner was the Mazda3, although it faced stiff competition from the Volkswagen Golf, the Kia Soul, the Jeep Renegade and the Honda Civic Coupe.

Even with the cool, budget-car love, buyers are still turning their auto financing toward larger vehicles. A report from TrueCar pointed out that a number of big trucks, like the Ram 1500 pickup, have affordable deals out there today.

So, you have options if you are in the market for a new vehicle.