The editors at kbb.com recently released the 2011 edition of the top 10 “Coolest Cars Under $18,000.” Vehicles are first chosen based on their availability for purchase at $18,000 or less, according to the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price. Then, all qualifying vehicles are judged on just two factors: fun-to-drive and fun-to-own. This year, two Ford models made the cut.
The 2012 Focus was noted for its sporty handling, head-turning looks, and an impressive standard equipment list, while also being efficient and affordable. Voters also liked that for a little bit extra, leather seats, MyFord Touch, and a quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission can be added.
The 2011 Fiesta made the list for the second year in a row. Features that helped land the Fiesta on the list once again include its European looks, well-crafted interior, nimble handling, and sharp driving dynamics. But the experts were ultimately sold thanks to the available SYNC infotainment center and remarkable fuel economy.
These days, everyone seems to be looking for a bargain, especially when it comes to cars. Fortunately, Ford is one of the few automakers to produce vehicles that are fun and exciting, yet affordable.