Top 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 2016

2016 Mazda 3 Tops’s 2016 List of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000

Top 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 2016

You’ve probably seen a similar list before. Kelley Blue Book has recently revealed the top 10 coolest cars under $18,000 for 2016. It should come as no surprise that Mazda took home top honors in this case. After all, we can’t say there are many more affordable models out there on the market that are as cool to drive or look at as Mazda’s current lineup.

It’s unclear exactly what the standards were for making’s list, but they stated each car on the list was to some degree “fun, stylish and versatile.” So, which Mazda model took the top spot? It was the 2016 Mazda 3, of course.

2016 mazda 3 name coolest car under $18,000 for 2016

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Is the 2016 Mazda 3 Fun to Drive?

According to KBB, the Mazda 3 has made this list every single year it has been produced, which comes out to 13 years in a row. Included in their description for why the model earned the No. 1 spot, mentioned the vehicle’s sporty design and fun driving dynamics.

steering wheel design on the 2016 mazda 3In fact, we often hear people asking, is the 2016 Mazda 3 fun to drive? After all, what good is a cool car if it isn’t fun when behind the wheel. Well, we can assure you, it is a blast. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Sporty power: The model comes standard with a 155-horsepower engine delivering 150 lb-ft of torque, but is also available with a 184-horsepower engine producing 185 lb-ft of torque.
  • Efficiency: With the Mazda 3, you can easily focus on the drive without worrying about gas mileage thanks to up to 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.
  • Standard manual transmission: Driving enthusiasts know that manual transmissions aren’t always that easy to come by. You can still get an automatic with the Mazda 3 if you wish to, but for those who enjoy driving purity, nothing beats the fun of driving a stick.
  • Touchscreen infotainment: Sometimes enjoying the drive is about more than fun driving dynamics. With the Mazda Connect touchscreen infotainment system, you’ll be able to easily stay connected to the outside world while enjoying your favorite tunes. Better yet, the model is available with a surround sound system.

[Read more: See how these equipment packages for the Mazda 3 can make your vehicle even more fun]

So, yes, the 2016 Mazda 3 was named No. 1 in the list of top 10 coolest cars under $18,000 for 2016. But we don’t want you to take our word or anyone else’s word for it. To experience just how “cool” and fun the Mazda 3 can be, schedule a test drive at Capistrano Mazda and see for yourself.