In the past, driving an affordable car meant compromising in areas like appearance, comfort and features. Nowadays that’s not the case, which is why Kelley Blue Book has recognized a select group of vehicles for being both ‘cool’ and affordable, and earning a spot among the ’10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000’ is the 2012 Ford Fiesta.
The 2012 Fiesta impressed critics, saying it’s the first American subcompact car that can actually hold its own against some tough European competition. The Fiesta offers Euro-like styling, exceptional fuel economy and numerous features that most budget car-shoppers wouldn’t expect to find in their search for an affordable new car.
The Ford Fiesta offers a smooth, quite ride that is easily controllable with the help of its electric power steering system. The Fiesta is powered by a 1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder engine producing 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque. The Fiesta delivers up to 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, and a surplus of optional equipment is available for the Fiesta, including heated leather seats, moonroof, keyless entry and start, SYNC and satellite radio.