10 Coolest Cars Under $25,000 (2016)

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10 Coolest Cars Under $25,000 (2016)

Who’s cooler: Jay Z or Dave Grohl? Clearly your answer depends on your music exposure and tastes, your peer group, your definition of cool and a variety of other factors. Far easier and perhaps more useful is to simply agree they’re two of the coolest figures in music. So it goes with our list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $25,000. If you think the number 8 car on this list has a higher cool factor than number 3, that’s cool with us. But each of them is among the most fun, stylish or just plain desirable new cars available for less than $25,000 according to Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price and our new-car classified listings.

The new-for-2016 Mazda CX-3 is the best-looking, most fun-to-drive entry in the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment. It’s also the lowest-priced vehicle on this list, with a starting sticker price of $20,800 including destination. Read more

With the addition of a turbocharger and sport suspension, Fiat’s cute little European runabout turns into a muscular little European fireball. Read more

It’s one of the most capable off-road vehicles ever designed, it’s one with the sun and it can be yours for less than $25,000. So cool. Read more

Combining a curb weight of just 2,700 pounds, a 197-horsepower turbocharged engine, European driving feel and enough style for a car twice its size, the Fiesta ST is cool condensed. Read more

The inimitable Mini Cooper is full of personality at 134 horsepower, but the Cooper S is even cooler with 189 turbocharged ponies. Read more

Totally redesigned for 2016, the MX-5 Miata now has the bold looks to match its position as a world-class driver’s car and a legend in the automotive enthusiast world. Read more

The rear-wheel-drive, lightweight Subaru BRZ is a performance car for purists, recalling the real or imagined good ol’ days of sensible pricing and adequate horsepower in the name of fun above all else. Read more

A cult classic in some circles and a bona fide automotive legend in others, the long-running GTI is cool for its unmatched mix of understated demeanor, everyday practicality and famously fun feel and handling. Read more

Totally redesigned for 2016, the Camaro is a bit smaller and lighter than the model it replaces, and is more fun to drive because of it. Read more

Mixing excellent powertrains, a refined driver interface and, at last, a sophisticated independent rear suspension, the latest version of Ford’s affordable performance car would be just as cool without the familiar look and storied past. Read more

 

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