kbb.com Names Coolest New Cars Selling Under $18,000

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    kbb.com Names Coolest New Cars Selling Under $18,000

    Editors of Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com Pick Top 10 Cool, Affordable New

    IRVINE, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- With the average price of a new
    vehicle surpassing $25,000, it's easy to fall into the trap of believing you
    have to spend a small fortune to drive anything worth writing home about.
    Unless you're all about impressing your friends, neighbors and co-commuters
    with the size of your monthly payment, the entry end of the market is filled
    with a higher concentration of cool cars, trucks and SUVs than ever.
    After putting together a list of all the vehicles available for less than
    $18,000, the editors of Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com then picked the 10 coolest.
    Instead of reporting based on vehicles' Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices
    (MSRPs), the list is based on each model's New Car Blue Book value, the price
    buyers are typically paying in the market. Consumers' actual payment will be
    determined by the down payment on the vehicle and the finance rate available
    to them.
    "While everyone bemoans the fact that new cars are so expensive these
    days, we found a wide variety of cool, fun-to-drive vehicles that are still
    affordable," said Jack R. Nerad, editorial director, Kelley Blue Book's
    kbb.com. "We settled on the $18,000 price point, because it offers most
    buyers a monthly payment of less than $350 over the course of a five-year
    Whether you're drawn to performance, reliability, styling, versatility,
    economy, comfort or some combination thereof, Kelley Blue Book's 2006 list is
    diverse enough that you're bound to find something to fit your tastes. Buying
    a used vehicle is another good way to get something cool for under $18,000,
    but there's no denying the allure of the flawless, warranted, inimitably
    scented new car.

    Top 10 Coolest New Cars Selling Under $18,000

    Vehicle MSRP New Car Blue
    Book Value
    2007 Toyota Yaris $14,630 N/A
    2006 Scion xB $15,370 $15,524
    2007 Dodge Caliber $15,985 $15,985
    2006 Kia Sportage $16,490 $16,134
    2006 Chevrolet HHR $16,890 $16,472
    2006 Ford Fusion $17,795 $17,084
    2006 Nissan Frontier King Cab $17,530 $17,179
    2006 Mazda3 $18,175 $17,646
    2006 Honda Civic $17,860 $17,860
    2006 Scion tC $17,640 $17,960

    All vehicles are listed by their New Car Blue Book value. New Car Blue
    Book values represent transaction values, or what others are paying for
    this vehicle, during the week of April 3, 2006. New Car Blue Book values
    are updated weekly on kbb.com. Adding optional equipment at the time of
    purchase will increase the price of the vehicle.

    Editorial Comments on the Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000

    Toyota Yaris
    With a long history as a best-seller in Europe, the Toyota Yaris migrates
    to the U.S. as the least expensive vehicle in the Toyota lineup. Sporting
    unusually cool styling, Toyota quality and a 34/city and 40/highway MPG
    rating, the Yaris' value more than exceeds its under-$12,000 starting price.

    Scion xB
    The xB has proven to us that, these days, it's cool to be square. Not
    only does its slab-sided styling set it apart, but its boxy dimensions also
    mean this diminutive and fuel-efficient vehicle is a surprisingly commodious
    hauler of people and stuff.

    Dodge Caliber
    Caliber changes the small-car game by offering a larger, more flexible
    interior filled with way-cool features like an air-conditioned storage bin to
    keep drinks cold, rear speakers that flip down to project outward from the
    open tailgate, a 110-volt outlet for powering small electronics and a self-
    charging flashlight.

    Kia Sportage
    When buying your first SUV, bang-for-the-buck is a very cool thing to
    find. Pricing out the Kia Sportage is almost fun when you get to include a
    sunroof, a great stereo and a tire pressure monitor all for under $16,500.

    Chevrolet HHR
    As cool as the 1940s-style exterior is, the Chevrolet HHR is equally cool
    for its efficient use of space and worthwhile features like remote start and
    the increasingly requisite iPod connector. It offers hauling ability like a
    compact SUV, yet it handles like a car.

    Ford Fusion
    Size does matter, so getting a well-styled, contemporary midsize sedan
    with the roominess and comfort of the new Fusion is cool. Even better is the
    unexpected level of equipment for the price, including remote keyless entry,
    tilt steering wheel and cruise control.

    Nissan Frontier
    Utility is in, and nothing's more utilitarian than a pickup. The Frontier
    backs up its sharp styling with excellent ride and handling.

    Available as a hatchback or sedan, the Mazda3 is a deft one-two punch to
    the compact-car segment. We can't decide which model we like better, but the
    combination of fine driving dynamics, upscale interior and arresting looks
    make this a "cool cars" list repeater.

    Honda Civic
    You know how U2 were cool, then in the mid-90s they weren't so cool, and
    now they're as cool as ever? Well, the Civic has traveled a parallel path to
    regain its stature as arguably the finest economy car ever built -- and cool
    once again.

    Scion tC
    If you're cool enough to appreciate it, the slick styling and fashionable
    features in the tC deliver "Lexus-like" technology in an affordable package.
    This year, the improved audio features stand out, including steering-wheel
    gauges and iPod connectivity.

    The top 10 coolest new cars under $18,000 were chosen based on the expert
    opinions of the Kelley Blue Book editorial team. Selection was based on
    price, design, style and performance as well as extensive research of each
    vehicle and test drives of vehicles selling at or below $18,000 during the
    week of April 6, 2006. For more information on these and other new vehicles,
    log on to http://www.kbb.com.

    About Kelley Blue Book (kbb.com)
    Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com is America's most used and trusted vehicle
    pricing, values and information resource. The top-rated Web site provides the
    most up-to-date pricing and values for thousands of new and used vehicles,
    including the Blue Book(R) New Car Value, which reveals what people actually
    are paying for new cars. Since 1926, car buyers and sellers have relied upon
    Kelley Blue Book for authoritative and unbiased information to make well-
    informed automotive decisions. The company also reports vehicle prices and
    values via products and services, including the famous Blue Book(R) Official
    Guide and software products. Kbb.com also has been named the No. 1 automotive
    information site by Nielsen//NetRatings and J.D. Power and Associates seven
    years in a row. No other medium reaches more in-market vehicle shoppers than
    kbb.com; one in every three American car buyers complete their research on

    SOURCE Kelley Blue Book
    Web Site: http://www.kbb.com

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