IRVINE, Calif. — Shoppers in the market for a cool, affordable new car can see which models the experts recommend most in the list of 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 of 2013 from Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new- and used-car information. Each year, the editors collectively pool their wisdom and expert opinions as they choose the 10 coolest affordable new cars, and this year the 2013 Hyundai Veloster ranks No. 1 on the list. 

“Quite frankly, automakers keep making it easier to pay them less,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “While many inexpensive cars are decidedly uncool, the world’s manufacturers are putting more personality and distinction into their lower-priced offerings. 

“Not only have small cars never looked so good, but they have also never been more filled with cool content,” he added. “Take the Hyundai Veloster that is No. 1 on our list this year because of its highly unique exterior design coupled with a stylish and tech-laden interior.”

Vehicles on the list were selected on whether they are fun to drive and fun to own. Each vehicle also needed to be priced at $18,000 or less. The following is KBB’s Top 10 list for 2013:

  1. Hyundai Veloster
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Kia Soul
  4. Honda Fit
  5. Dodge Dart
  6. Mazda3
  7. Fiat 500
  8. Volkswagen Jetta
  9. Honda Civic
  10. Chevrolet Spark