What makes a car cool? While each of us may have a slightly different answer to that question, there are many things about a cool car that most 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 Price range as of May 10, 2019.

1. 2019 Kia Soul

The Kia Soul's alluring combination of bold style, SUV-like versatility, and practicality puts this hatch at the top of the list. Its cool looks continue inside, with an interior that's both functional and fashionable. This Kia comes with a roster of standard and available features that add to the Soul's value, and its status as KBB's 2019 5-Year Cost to Own Compact Car champ seals the deal. See Soul listings near you
 

2. 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback offers surprising sportiness, a stacked roster of standard tech and safety features, and aggressive good looks backed by the 5-door’s inherent practicality and Toyota’s legendary reliability. See Toyota Corolla Hatchback listings near you
 

3. 2019 Honda Civic

Kelley Blue Book's Small Car Best Buy of 2019, the Honda Civic is comfortable, roomy, practical, efficient, packed with cool tech, and a blast to drive -- and it's the only car in its segment available as a coupe, sedan or hatchback. Honda tops off the Civic with a budget-friendly starting price and a strong reputation for reliability and resale value. See Civic listings near you
 

4. 2019 Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona, Kelley Blue Book’s Subcompact SUV Best Buy of 2019, has 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. See Kona listings near you
 

5. 2019 Hyundai Veloster

All-new for 2019, the Hyundai Veloster has a unique 3-door layout and bold styling that set it apart from other small sporty cars. Thanks to an increase in power and a new suspension setup, the Veloster offers plenty of fun to drive for the money. See Veloster listings near you
 

6. 2019 Volkswagen Golf

It’s no wonder the Volkswagen Golf has such a loyal following. 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. See Golf listings near you
 

7. 2019 Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks offers eye-catching style and loads of personality, plus the practicality of standard advanced safety features and a fuel-efficient engine, all with a starting price below $19,000. And despite this Nissan’s diminutive size, its interior is roomy and comfortable. See Kicks listings near you
 

8. 2019 Subaru Impreza

A recent redesign gave the Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback sharp looks, more refinement and a large palette of tech and convenience features, all while retaining the strong value proposition and reliability for which Subaru is known. That it comes in with a Fair Purchase Price below $20,000 with standard all-wheel drive earns it extra credit. See Impreza listings near you
 

9. 2019 Honda Fit
The Honda Fit seems larger on the inside than on the outside thanks to its Magic Seat. This feature gives the Fit's interior enough space and versatility to rival that of a small SUV – you could fit a bicycle or a small surfboard in the cabin. 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. See Fit listings near you
 

10. 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
The newest generation of the Volkswagen Jetta has responsive handling that makes sporty driving fun while offering a comfortable ride on highway drives. VW's compact sedan also has plenty of tech connectivity, safety and convenience features to appeal to even the most forward-looking drivers. See Jetta listings near you

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