Photos: 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000

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PHOENIX -- Looking for a cool, new car that won’t empty your bank account?

The editors at Kelley Blue Book are helping car buyers find a hip yet affordable ride with their list of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.

Kelley Blue Book used two criteria when evaluating vehicles: is it fun to drive and is it fun to own.

“While there are many affordable new cars available today for less than $18,000, the list gets much more narrow and exclusive when you view it through the difficult-to-describe lens of what is cool,” said Jack R. Nerad with Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

So which automobile drove away with the title of Coolest New Car Under $18,000?

“When our KBB.com editors pooled their collective insight and opinions, the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart rose to the top of the list because of its unique combination of style, performance, features, and of course, value,” Nerad explained.

Coming in at number two on the list is the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, which Kelley Blue Book described as being “packed with a unique brand of versatility, innovative technology and left-field styling.”

Rounding out the top five on Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 is the 2012 Fiat 500, the 2012 Mazda MAZDA3, and the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic.

Here is Kelley Blue Book’s full list of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000:

1. 2013 Dodge Dart
2. 2012 Hyundai Veloster
3. 2012 Fiat 500
4. 2012 Mazda MAZDA3
5. 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
6. 2012 Ford Fiesta
7. 2012 Honda Fit
8. 2012 Kia Soul
9. 2012 Scion iQ
10. 2012 Volkswagen Jetta