What is it that makes a car cool? While everyone may have slightly different interpretations of that idea, there are many things about a cool car that most of us can agree on. Is it fun? Is it stylish? Does the car make you smile? Does it have the tech features you want, and the versatility you need, at a price you can afford? The 10 cars on this list answer those questions with a resounding yes. Better yet, you can get each of these cars for less than $20,000 according to our regional Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Prices as of May 11, 2018.

1. 2018 Mazda Mazda3

Widely regarded as the best-looking and most fun-to-drive vehicle in its segment, the Mazda3 is the all-time champion of our budget-minded coolest cars list, appearing here for the 15th time. Available in both sedan and hatchback form, the Mazda3 offers practicality that appeals to compact car buyers, with sportiness that makes even daily chores more fun. Find a Mazda3 near you

 

2. 2018 Honda Civic

Kelley Blue Book's Small Car Best Buy of 2018, the Civic is a well-rounded car offered as a sedan or coupe that's comfortable, roomy, practical, efficient, packed with cool tech, and a blast to drive. And Honda tops that off with a budget-friendly starting price and a strong reputation for reliability and resale value. Find a Civic near you

 

3. 2018 Hyundai Kona

The newest addition to this list is the Kona, Hyundai's new small SUV. The Kona was given a healthy dose of modern style, and the clean, crisp cabin is filled with a bevy of connectivity and advanced safety features. An available turbocharged engine and an easily reconfigured interior add to this versatile SUV's appeal. Find a Kona near you

 

4. 2018 Volkswagen Golf

Euro-tuned handling and a sporty attitude are only part of what makes the Golf such an appealing car. You can zip around town with the practical cargo space of a hatchback, yet get your tasks done in a cool-looking car that's agile and responsive. Find a Golf near you

 

5. 2018 Kia Soul

Few vehicles match the Kia Soul's alluring combination of bold style, SUV-like versatility, and practicality, with a roster of standard and available features that add to the Soul's value. The cool looks continue inside, with an interior that's both functional and fashionable. Find a Soul near you

 

6. 2018 Jeep Renegade

Of all the vehicles on this list, the Renegade is the one that can get you the furthest beyond where the pavement ends. You can explore to your heart's content in this nicely sized SUV that's also a likeable, practical companion on city streets. Find a Renegade near you

 

7. 2018 Subaru Impreza

Already earning extra credit for its standard all-wheel drive, a recent redesign gives the Impreza sedan and hatchback sharper looks, more refinement and a larger palette of tech and convenience features, all while retaining the strong value proposition and reliability for which Subaru is known. Find an Impreza near you

 

8. 2018 Honda Fit
This diminutive hatchback has a feature called the Magic Seat that gives the interior space and versatility that rivals that of a small SUV. The subcompact Fit also happens to be fun to drive. That combination of practicality and pep at an affordable price makes this a hard car to resist. Find a Fit near you

 

9. 2018 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai's Elantra was already established as a high-value car loaded with a wide array of standard features. The all-new Elantra GT hatchback expands the Elantra lineup, adding a dose of likable style and five-door versatility to the mix. Find an Elantra near you

 

10. 2018 Chevrolet Sonic

The Sonic's starting price of $16,170 makes it the most affordable car on this list. But what keeps Chevrolet's subcompact sedan and hatch on our list of coolest cars is its compelling combination of tech, comfort and a fun attitude, all wrapped in redesigned sheetmetal. Find a Sonic near you

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